As you begin your job or internship search, especially if you are seeking positions in another city or even country, you may be faced with a video interview rather than the traditional in person interview, especially for the initial phase of the process. With the popularity of Skype, Facetime, and other methods of video communication, chances are that you will have an occasion to conduct a video interview in the future, and the National Association of Colleges and Employers published the following hints tips for video interviews in their December 5, 2012 Spotlight:
1. Know the technology and be comfortable with it. Students shouldn't sign up for a video interview until they’re comfortable with the process. They should know what they can and can’t do with the audio and video controls, what their image looks like, and where to look once the interview begins. Being adept with the technology gives students credibility as professionals.
2. Consider image and the interview environment. Students should dress professionally as a video interview is an interview. Is the background of the interview area consistent with the image the student wants to portray to recruiters? The student should remove or silence all distractions, such as cell phone ringers, e-mail alerts, and music.
3. Test all settings and connections beforehand. Students should make sure the settings are optimized and all connections are working prior to the interview to avoid any issues during the interview.
4. Be prepared for a system hiccup. Students should have a Plan B ready in case the technology fails during a video interview. For example, a student participating in a video interview should have his or her cell phone available in case the connection is unacceptable or drops. Being prepared in such a manner and making a smooth transition to another method in light of unexpected problems can impress an employer.