As more and more companies rely on video interview tools to conduct their search for a new candidate, it’s important to understand how to master this type of conversation. For a person who’s already nervous about the prospect of a job interview, knowing that a video camera (even in the form of one on your computer) is involved can add an extra element of nerves to the process. Here are some reasons you should feel relaxed as you tackle this innovative kind of interview:
You can prepare talking points ahead of time
Video interviews essentially leave the interviewee in control. Instead of sitting in an office and answering rapid-fire questions from the hiring manager, you have a chance to settle in and catch your breath. This allows you to prepare your thoughts in advance, thus ensuring that you deliver the best answers possible.
You can re-record it
If you’re doing a one-way interview, remember that you have a chance to re-record your statement if you flub the answer. It’s not like doing an interview in someone’s office where the words are permanent once they’ve left your mouth. Take the time necessary to nail the response, even if that means starting over.
It helps to see your face and body language
Video interviews are often a lifesaver for those who may be uncomfortable with phone conversations. For many people, talking on the phone just feels awkward, and they may not show their true personality as they do the interview. A video interview allows the hiring manager to see your face and your expressions as you speak. In many instances, your enthusiasm and passion come through much more clearly when they can see your facial expressions and hand movements. Take a breath and relax, knowing that your true personality will shine through as the potential employer gets the chance to look you in the eye.
You can’t ramble
Many people get into trouble because they don’t know how to wrap up their answers during an interview. They start off strong talking about their past experiences, and nerves end up leading them to a play-by-play of how they almost set their kitchen on fire as they were cooking last night. If you tend to ramble when you get nervous, video interviews can be your best friend. Many services (like those offered by Spark Hire) cut you off after a minute. This means you keep it short and sweet, and don’t have time to panic and ramble.
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