Now that video technology is no longer location-specific, laptops come with built-in webcams, and Internet-based video services offer free options, video interviewing is becoming a convenient and cost-effective alternative to the traditional in-person interview.

There are format-specific elements interviewees need to understand and consider as they prepare for a video interview. Here are some recommendations to follow in preparation for video interviews:

  1. Know the technology and be comfortable with it. Candidates 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 one credibility as a professional.
  2. Consider image and the interview environment. Dress professionally as a video interview is an interview. Is the background of the interview area consistent with the image one wants to portray to recruiters? Remove or silence all distractions, such as cell phone ringers, email alerts, and music.
  3. Test all settings and connections beforehand. 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. Have a Plan B ready in case the technology fails during a video interview. For example,  have a cell phone ready to use 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.
  5. Practice. When it comes to interviews, practice does make perfect. Use the Career Center’s InterviewStream online videotaping tool to pull up interview questions and record oneself actually answering such questions. The Career Center has private interview rooms with webcams and large screens to tape, review, and try again, until one feels confident and comfortable with the results.

For more information about how to present yourself in an interview whether in video or in person, contact the Career Center.

Article courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.