With technology playing such a big role in our lives these days, I wanted to share some insights about a rising trend: video interviews. I have participated in a number of video interviews over the years, as both the interviewer and the interviewee. Today’s blog is one of two parts where I will share best practices on how to prepare for and conduct a video interview.
Let’s start with the recommended tools for conducting a professional, successful video interview:
- A computer/laptop or a smartphone with a camera
A desktop computer or laptop is optimal, but a smartphone will do in a pinch. Just make sure you utilize the laptop or phone in a place to that has a neutral, professional-looking, non-cluttered background.
- A second computer monitor
Having a second monitor allows you to conduct the video on one monitor while typing up your notes on the other. Note: be sure you let the candidate know you will be taking notes during the interview.
- A fast, reliable internet connection
You don’t want to be in the middle of the interview, building rapport with the interviewee, and have to deal with your connection freezing up. Make sure you are in a place where your internet connection won’t be an issue.
- A good headset for audio, preferably wireless and noise-cancelling
Again, nothing interrupts the flow of a great interview like intermittent or poor audio. I use the Stage XPD1 by Samson.
- An easy-to-use online tool for web conferencing
I currently use Zoom, which offers video, audio, screen sharing and collaboration. Other options include GoToMeeting,JoinMe, and Skype. There are a number of options out there, some even free. I suggest you research and test out a couple of them to see which you think both you and your potential candidates will find the easiest and most comfortable to use.
- Proper lighting
Set up lighting that’s bright but not glaring, illuminating your face from the front. Natural light is best. However, if you need to bring in any type of artificial light, I recommend the Neewer Ring Light Kit.
Once you have all your video interview tools in place, test it thoroughly. A few days before the interview, do a practice run with a friend or family member to make sure your equipment is working correctly. This way you’ll have time to adjust anything that may not be working properly.
Even if you’re a tech-savvy person, it’s important to prepare thoroughly. Having and practicing with the right tools is the first step in conducting a professional and productive video interview.
Next week I will share more tips on how to conduct a video interview, as well as how you can prepare your candidate for one.
If you’d like help with how to prepare for and conduct video interviews, please schedule a free 30-minute session with me at https://calendly.com/talentattractionexperts.