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04.19.2016

How to Prepare for an Online Video Interview

Written By: Crystal McDonald

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it 100 times — practice makes perfect! The same can be said for video interviewing, and this is why you should make a practice video interview.

It’s the case in most aspects of life, preparation truly pays off. Studying for a test, practicing before a game, rehearsing before a speech, and video interviewing is no exception.

Practicing your video interview will help you show employers your true personality. Taking a moment to perfect your pitch will reap great benefits in your ability to make a lasting impression on screen.

How should you prepare for a video interview?

Job seekers should prepare for video interviews by thoroughly reading the job description, qualifications, and video interview questions (if provided). Think about what you want to say, but don’t script your responses in order to avoid sounding robotic. Practice with your recording device a few times, and when ready, record and submit your video interview.

While there are some naturals out there who feel perfectly fine and dandy on screen, especially those who relish in Snapchat and other video based social media tools, there are a subset of people who can’t stand the idea of seeing their face on camera.

I’m here to tell you, that whether you like it or not, video interviews are here to stay. So, we all might as well be prepared to take it on through virtual interview practice.

How to practice an online video interview

  1. Take Notes – It’s a good idea to jot down a few notes to help guide you when speaking. Try not to memorize what you write–you want to sound prepared, not rehearsed.
  2. Make “Eye Contact” – Practice answering your questions by looking yourself straight in the mirror. Get comfortable with looking at your face for an extended period of time. Look at the camera when you record, not your face.
  3. Engage Others – Practice interviewing with your parents, friends, siblings, your dog…basically anyone who will listen. Ask their opinions on your delivery and content.
  4. Record your Practice Video Interview– you’d be surprised with what you can do with a phone and a selfie stick, like using your phone to record and review your practice video interview. Pay attention to hand gestures, “umms,” and “ahhs.” Focus on things you want to fix, and try it again.

Here’s the thing: Making a great first impression is one of the most important steps in landing an amazing job. If you take a few minutes to think about how to present your best self, you’ll be just fine.

Crystal McDonald is the Founder and CEO of Acrew, a product of GoToInterview.

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