• Tips to Offer Students Preparing for Video Interviews

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
    March 19, 2014

    Now that video technology is no longer location-specific, video interviewing is a convenient and cost-effective alternative to the traditional in-person interview. However, there are format-specific elements interviewees need to understand and consider as they prepare for a video interview:

    • Understand 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 “online professionals.”
    • 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 on the computer, music, pets, roommates, and more.
    • 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.
    • 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 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.