In our previous blog post, we addressed “Steps for Conducting Effective Video Interviews with Candidates.” That post, of course, was for employers looking to interview and hire top talent during the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, professionals should also know what to do and how to handle themselves during a video interview. That’s because that will be the chief way that employers conduct interviews for the foreseeable future.
Sure, it might only be for a few more weeks, but then again, it might not. It could be months before employers start flying in job candidates from all over the country for face-to-face, in-person interviews.
Below are five steps for conducting effective video interviews with employers:
#1—Choose an appropriate setting for the interview.
Like an employer, you’ll want to select someplace that is well-lit and professional-looking. Noise is another consideration. You don’t want the sound of barking dogs or traffic to interrupt the interview, and you definitely don’t want your cell phone to ring, either.
#2—Be familiar with the platform or software being used.
If you’re not familiar with the platform that the employer will be using, make sure that you download the software and become familiar with it. It’s a certainty that tutorials are available.
The last thing you want to do is give the impression that you’re not proficient with technology. That will not bode well for your candidacy.
#3—Practice by conducting mock interviews.
There are two main reasons to practice. First, to make sure that you’re familiar with the video interviewing software. Second, to make sure that you’re comfortable and at ease with presenting yourself during a video interview. With that in mind, be sure to speak loudly and clearly enough.
#4—Dress in a professional manner.
A video interview is not an excuse to wear something inappropriate or to be too casual with your attire. You should dress the same for a video interview that you would dress for an in-person interview. Recognize that personal branding is still a priority and a factor in determining whether or not you receive an offer of employment.
#5—Remember to send a thank-you note and/or email.
And just like an in-person interview, you should send a thank-you email to the hiring manager within 24 hours. Or you can send a handwritten thank-you note. Ideally, you should do both to demonstrate common courtesy and etiquette.
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering fields, and we can place you, as well.