6 Tips for Successful Video Interviews
March 20, 2020
As COVID-19 is changing the way companies across the globe
conduct business, we want you, our candidates, to know, we were built for this.
For your safety, many employers have temporarily eliminated in-person
interviews and have offered candidates the option to interview virtually via
video conferencing. We understand interviewing can be nerve-wrecking, especially
when conducted in an unfamiliar or unnatural manner. We are here to help.
This article shares six video interview tips, straight from
our team of recruiting experts that will help you successfully navigate your
virtual interview. Read on for our
experts’ best tips for nailing your next video interview – you’re one step
closer to your next opportunity!
1. Minimize Distractions
“It’s important to find a quiet, well-lit
place to conduct the interview,” said Merritt Hawkins DVP, Strategic
Partnerships, Susan Martin. “Most importantly focus on where you are comfortable
but away from distractions. With many schools on mandated extended breaks due
to the current COVID-19 pandemic, make sure you have a game plan for children and animals so as to limit interruptions
during your conversation”.
“Be prepared. Do your homework to know the organization and
the interviewer. They can see you so remember
have good eye contact and pay attention to your non-verbal communication,” said
Carmen C. Kenrich, VP of Strategic Partnerships at Merritt Hawkins. “Practice
prior to the virtual interview with a friend or a colleague. It helps you to get comfortable with the
format and the technology. Finally, make
sure your surrounding is as professional as possible. Keep in mind you are part of starting a new
trend – virtual interviewing can be very productive and fun.”
3. First Impressions are Still Key
video interviews please remember that ‘you’ll never have a second chance to
make a first impression’, mentioned Merritt Hawkins Director of Physician Recruitment, Lance Boerner. “One
should still dress professionally as if they are going on-site, test all
equipment prior, and assure that you have a clean background for your camera
4. Limit Computer Screen Reading
“Since you’re on the computer, you may
think it’s okay to write out answers to potential interview questions or map
out other responses on your screen to reference,” says Leah Grant, Merritt
Hawkins, Director of Strategic Accounts. “I suggest staying away from this.
Instead, prepare and practice your answers beforehand so that they sound
natural when you’re in your interview. Also, work on responses to
behavior-based questions (“Describe a time when…” or “What would you do in a
situation where…”) instead of trying to guess what you’ll specifically be
5. Make a Connection
“Video interviews can feel awkward and
impersonal if you have never done them before” said Brett Walker, Merritt
Hawkins, RVP, Strategic Sales. “Operate as if the interviewer is in the room
with you. Remember to be as natural as possible and sprinkle in some of your
personality when you can.”
6. Maintain Professionalism
“Adhere to all of the tips above, keep eye
contact with your camera and not the screen, sit up straight, and be clear and
concise in your speech” says Shawn-Elise Lapomarda, Merritt Hawkins Director,
Program Delivery for Strategic Accounts. “Most likely this is new for both
parties so try not to be anxious. “Remember to thank your interviewer as you
would in a face to face interview and don’t forget to send a thank you note.
Email is recommended as a COVID-19 precaution.”
While you may not be face to face with your
interviewer, a video interview is an important step towards landing your next
job and preparation is still key. Keep in mind the goal of a virtual interview
remains the same as an in-person one: present the best version of yourself.
As you prepare for your interview, remember
an interview is a two-way street. Have a few questions on hand related to the position
that you’re applying for that you’ll want to ask the interviewer. This is your
time to shine. Asking questions not only shows you’ve been engaged during the
conversation but also demonstrates that you’ve done your research. Asking your
potential employer questions will also allow you to see if you’d be a good fit
for their organization. Ultimately, you’ll still need to give clear answers that
show why you are the best fit and also gather more information that will inform
your decision to accept a possible job offer. Follow these tips and you can’t
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