Career interviews done over video-conferencing facilities are becoming more common and relevant these days, with the advent of smart devices and apps. Ashley Milne-Tyte of the Wall Street Journal reported a data from the Aberdeen Group’s 2011 talent acquisition survey that showed 10% of the top US corporations in 2010 have used video interview as part of their hiring process. It jumped to 42% in 2011, where companies maximized Skype and Google Hangouts in hiring entry-level job personnel, managerial posts, and even top senior executives. In general, video interview helps recruiters and organizations filter candidates at an early stage before the actual face-to-face interview take place. In the interviewee’s perspective, virtual interview is convenient to land a job without wasting time, money, and effort spent in travelling.
For this entry, the HR Daily Community will give you handful pieces of advice (including the pitfalls to avoid) for a successful video job interview.
Master The Equipment
Employers would sometimes require a proprietary video chatting solution apart from Skype and Google Hangouts. This normally happens in on-site recruitment booths, where interested applicants are asked to enter a computer bay and from there, employers would conduct the interview. Rachel Ryan, a videoconferencing specialist at a Fortune 500 company, pointed out on askthehedhunter.com that you must understand how the video chatting application/proprietary software works prior to using it. This will help you become more comfortable and confident during the actual interview.
It’s not embarrassing to ask the attending human resources personnel on the basics of their proprietary software. What’s embarrassing is if you don’t know how to use it during the actual screening.
Control Your Presentation
The beauty with video interview is that you are given the opportunity to control your presentation by controlling the equipment or your web camera. You can set up the camera in such a way that the interviewer will only see the area you want to present – usually up to the bust. However, you need to try to keep distracting objects out of the view as this will only divert the attention of your interviewer.
Avoid The Common Pitfalls
· A unreliable internet connection
Depending on the line of business, some companies allow video interviews over smartphones. Since you are using wireless broadband, avoid basements and other places in your area that can block your cellular signal.
· Pixilated And Dark Web Camera Output
When engaging in interviews, make sure that your device is equipped with a good camera to avoid pixilated outputs on the other end of the line. When using a computer, invest in an external HD camera with ambient light sensor. In case you’ll be using a smartphone, luckily, there are a myriad of mid-range to high-end business devices these days that offer a reliable video calling experience. For instance, the latest iPhone flagship now offers a true high-definition FaceTime calls, having been equipped with a front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera sensor. Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S5, has a slightly better 2.0 megapixel front camera for video calling, as seen on the specifications on O2's site. Regardless of the handset, make sure to avoid 0.3 or VGA resolutions in professional conversations, since it will only result to dark and pixilated results.
· Audio Mishaps
Be conscious where your microphone is located. Remember that it is responsible for picking up and amplifying your sound. Do not shuffle papers nearby or tap the table near the microphone. Also check before the interview starts if your interviewer can properly hear your voice. If choppy or delayed in feedback, you might want to relocate or adjust your microphone.
Dress The Part
Can you remember our previous story entitled “does beauty play a part in recruitment?” Even in virtual interviews, it’s still important to be presentable. Stephanie Krieg from HR Culture Club shared this insight via Mashable: "Feel free to keep your pajama bottoms on for a video interview, but dress like you’re going to be on TV from the waist up. Solid colors work better than prints — and don't be afraid to show a little personality with your waist-up wardrobe.”
Avoiding the above-mentioned pitfalls and exercising your video calling etiquettes can help you become successful during virtual job interviews. However, you still need to showcase your adept knowledge towards the position as well as your good communication skills. We bid you good luck on this endeavor!
A freelance blogger and part-time virtual assistant, Kyle Albert is aware of the ins and outs of the online recruitment process. Assigned to interview his client’s applicants, he uses his tablet or laptop when interviewing candidates locally and internationally. Connect with Kyle through Google +.
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