6 Tips For Video Job Interviews
Video job interviews are increasingly common. The normal rules still apply (yes, you have to wear pants) but there are also a host of new ones.
By Matt Christensen
4. BE YOURSELF
We don’t mean you should be the person you are with your buddies — after all, you’re supposed to be on your best behavior. But you can still let your personality show through. You’ll seem more relaxed, and they’ll like you more, which is extremely important. “In person, you’d engage in small talk so the interviewer could get to know you,” Rangel says. “Don’t let technology get in the way of that. People hire people they like as well as those that have the skills they need, so focus on having the interviewers like you while you discuss your qualifications.”
5. BE ENTHUSIASTIC
Without going all William Shatner, try to be a little more emotive than you normally would be in person. “If you feel like you are a little too happy, chances are you’re probably doing it right,” Rangel advises. “With video interviews, you have to be more animated and expressive than you would in person to convey your eagerness for the job.” This is one reason (of many) why actors tend to seem like emotional maniacs in person, but normal people onscreen.
6. EXPECT TO BE RECORDED
“Employers regularly record video job interviews so they can compare your answers with those of other candidates,” Rangel explains. “Be sure that what you’re sharing during your interview is something you’re comfortable leaving on the record.” So don’t berate your current company or boss — you should never do that in an interview regardless. And don’t tell a lie that they could come back and confront you with later.