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5 ways to prepare for a video interview

11/25/2019

5 ways to prepare for a video interview

These days, companies are increasingly eschewing the standard phone interview for a more personal, face-to-face meeting via video chat. That may require a different type of preparation than you're used to, but it's not all that dissimilar.

The following tips will help you prepare for your video interview in a way that works for you:

1) Pick the right spot

As with any other kind of remote interview, you want to sit in a spot where you're comfortable, but also relatively free of distractions like outside noise, the TV and so on, according to Indeed. But with a video interview, specifically, you should also aim for a spot in your home or a co-working space that has a strong WiFi signal, so you don't cut out or otherwise run into difficulties communicating.

2) Test everything out

Part and parcel with making sure you choose the right spot, you should also do a run-through of your technology to ensure the connection is strong and your webcam works as intended, Indeed added. Using the preferred video chat software mentioned by the hiring manager, you should talk to a friend or family member for a few minutes a day or two before the interview so you won't encounter any surprises.

3) Do your research - and memorize your notes

This is the kind of thing you should do before any kind of interview in the first place, but with a video-based meeting specifically, you'll probably need to study a little harder, according to Hire Vue. That's because if you simply write down some notes and keep them close by your side, as you would for a phone interview, it's going to be obvious that you're just reading off a notepad or digital document. As such, you'll need to commit a little more to memory, which could require additional study time.

4) Rehearse answers to common interview questions

Also just like any other interview, you're likely to be asked a number of fairly common questions about why you want the job, what you're looking for in your career and so on, Hire Vue advised. When you're testing out your connection and hardware with a loved one, it's smart to have them ask a few of those sample questions so you can nail down your answer - as well as how you say it.

5) Avoid all distractions

One of the problems with video interviews is that they take place on the devices where we do a lot of other work, so it's easy to become distracted by open tabs, email notifications and more, according to career expert Ashira Prossack, writing for Forbes. For that reason, you should close out all programs and tabs that aren't absolutely necessary for your interview, so you can really focus on the conversation and put yourself in the best possible position to knock that meeting out of the park.

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