With technology improving, internet connections getting better and companies wanting to save money, it is quickly becoming common practice to do video interviews instead of phone interviews. There are also increasing numbers of companies who are happy to replace the face-to-face interview with a video call.
In this post I will be looking at the difference in preparation for a video interview vs a phone interview.
So, how is the preparation different for a Video interview than a phone interview?
Most of the preparation checkpoints are similar to the ones I indicated in my previous article about preparing for phone interview. There are, however, some small, yet significant differences.
1) Create the right environment
Check if you have sufficient internet speed to support a two-way video call (I suggest: www.speedtest.net).
Make sure you know how to operate the chosen video call platform; companies do not only rely on Skype. Google Hangouts and FaceTime are getting more and more popular. If you never used it before, it can seem tricky, so make sure you make a test call before the real deal.
(By the way, we are happy to do this with you, so just let us know.)
Also, you want to look as professional as possible. Dress as you would for a face-to-face interview. It will also give you a small advantage if you move your laptop / computer in a way that you have a white wall behind you. This helps the interviewer focus on you and not wonder what is on the bookshelf behind you.
2) Do a thorough research
You should research the people you’re speaking and also the company the same way you would for a phone interview.
3) Maintain eye contact
You sadly can not keep looking at your printed CV as with a phone call, but you should definitely still have a notepad with you.
4) Communicate both verbally and non-verbally
Luckily with a video call you’re not loosing non-verbal communication tools anymore, but you should still make sure to give precise and tangible answers as during a phone interview.
5) Find out about real-time testing
The uniqueness of a modern video call is that, apart from showing you in real time on the screen, companies can give you coding tests and ask you to share your screen with them while you’re solving it. This fact makes it very important to check with the company or your recruiter if there will be a real-time coding test.
You don’t want to end up having the video call on your iPhone or Android phone and have the need to quickly find or move to a MAC or PC.
6) Keep your screen professional
If you are expecting to share your screen during the interview, beware of what else is open on your computer.
Remember that you are on camera and need to act accordingly. It is important to not dismiss a video call as an informal conversation.