Are you ready for your next video interview? When it’s time to interview for a new job, you want to look and speak your best. But doesn’t a video interview require less strict of a presentation? The short answer is no. Video conference interviews require the same level of professionalism as an in-person meeting, and we’re going to show you how to nail that next interview.
We like to think of an online conference call as sort of a casual experience because we’re calling from home, but that’s a misconception. It doesn’t matter which position you’re applying for! Online interviews should be taken seriously. Here are some common video conference etiquette tips to keep in mind for your next interview.
Don’t Be Late
Being late might seem like a minor thing, but it’s actually slightly disrespectful to the person who’s left waiting on you. To avoid any misconceptions, don’t be late to your interview. If you must be late, it’s better to send an email and schedule a new interview, at the interviewer’s discretion.
Being on time also sets a precedent for the job you’re applying for. If you can’t be on time for the interview, how can your prospective employer believe you’ll be on time for work? It’s critical to remember that you’re giving a first impression during an interview, and first impressions do matter.
So, the bottom line is to be on time for your interview! Reschedule if you must, but whatever you do, be sure you’re communicating clearly with the interviewer. Most of the time, they’ll be understanding of your reason.
Arriving at an interview unprepared looks bad; especially if you’re someone who put “organized” on their resume! Being prepared is crucial to giving a good impression to the interviewer. You want a prospective employer to view you as a responsible, organized, and prepared individual. Bring your references, your resume (yes, even to a video interview), and your best attitude to the interview. Be prepared to answer questions and ask your own questions! You’re applying to form a relationship with a company, so don’t be afraid to ask things like:
- What are the expectations for this position?
- What is the salary?
- What are the benefits?
- What time am I expected to be in the office/clock in?
- What values does your company stand by?
- What is the company’s vision for the future?
- What opportunities for advancement are there?
Even if you’re at home, it’s important to show up to an interview looking professional. If you show up in your pajamas, an employer likely won’t think highly of you as a first impression. Plus, it sets a poor precedent about you. Let’s be honest—we get a bit lazy sometimes at home, and that’s ok! We all love to walk around in our jammies or even work at our desks in our jammies, but showing up to an interview like that is a good way to lose an opportunity.
That doesn’t mean you have to wear a suit or your best professional dress, either. The way you dress to an interviewer can depend on the position you’re applying for, but generally, it’s good to keep professionalism in mind. Business casual is normally accepted, but higher-level positions might require something a bit more professional.
Minimize Background Noise
Background noise is the bane of online conference calls, and certainly doesn’t help your chances in an interview. It feels unprofessional and distracting when you’ve got a lawnmower, baby, pet, or some other noise in the background. If you can, put yourself in a room with a closed door during your interviewer.
Online webinar platforms like Vast offer full control over the call, so you can minimize your background noise and focus on the interview.
Use the Mute Button
The mute button should be everyone’s best friend during online conference calls. If you’re not speaking, mute your microphone to both show respect for your interviewer and minimize the potential for background noise in your environment.
Thank Your Interviewer
This isn’t necessarily a rule, but more of a good gesture and something an interviewer appreciates. Ending the interview with a simple “thank you for your time” is a gesture of respect and shows an employer that you have basic respect for others. Believe it or not, an employer will remember little things like this when they’re making their hiring decision. Imagine missing out on an opportunity because the employer didn’t feel like you were being polite!
The Bottom Line
Video interviews can be exciting, but you’ll need to treat your video interview just like an in-person interview. Dress appropriately, mind your manners, be on time, and most of all, be prepared! Being prepared is the best way to nail an interview and show the interviewer that you’re a responsible candidate. Good luck on your job search!