By Beverly Johnson, Career and Industry Specialist, Career and Professional Development Services, ASU
You've just scheduled a video interview for that dream job you've been dying for. Now the challenge is getting prepared, but how on earth do you prepare for something like a video interview? Much like in-person interviews, a little preparation will go a long way. However, there are some unique challenges with video interviews that may take some extra planning to overcome.
When preparing for a video interview, be sure to consider the following:
- Location is crucial. Find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted. Background noise and distractions can make it difficult for the interviewers to hear your responses and will definitely disrupt the flow of the conversation.
- A neutral background with adequate lighting is highly recommended. The visual “noise” can also be really distracting to interviewers and will draw attention away from your communication. If you don’t have a quiet, neural setting readily available, consider checking out a room at your local library or research co-working spaces with private offices.
- Technology is key. Make sure your computer isn’t going to need to install updates and know the program that will be used to conduct the interview. Make sure to install apps (if needed) before your scheduled time and test your technology if possible. Give yourself plenty of time to troubleshoot. Do NOT wait until the day of your interview to do this step. Always have a charger and an outlet available. Don’t risk a device dying during your interview.
Some general interview preparation to consider:
- Know the job description inside and out. Be prepared to answer why you’re interested in that specific job. Know the organization, their mission and values and be able to describe how they align with your own and why you want to work there. If you are lacking a skill or qualification listed on the job description, be prepared to explain how you will develop/obtain it.
- Dress professionally. Yes, even for a video interview. Yes, even down to your pants and shoes. First of all, dressing professionally will help you feel confident. Sweatpants and a blazer may be tempting since they’ll likely only see you from the chest up, but anything could happen and you only have once chance to get it right.
- Listen intently to the questions. Be sure that the speaker is done with the question before starting to answer. Speak clearly and answer all parts of the question.
With video interviews becoming more common, it’s likely that you’ll have the opportunity to participate in one during your next job search. Follow the tips above to make your interview the best it can be! ASU students and Alumni can practice interview skills at any time using InterviewStream. This service allows users to review themselves answering interview questions or submit videos for feedback from a Career and Industry Specialist at ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services.