Not surprisingly, I’ve had more and more people ask me in recent years “Matt, I understand some of the pointers you share about succeeding in a normal interview — but do you have any special tips to offer in regard to acing a video interview or Skype interview?”
To date, my answer has been pretty uninspiring. It’s basically been: “No. You prepare for video interviews pretty much the exact same way you would for a typical interview. Research the company. Know your stuff. Anticipate questions from the job description. Have examples ready. And so forth. Just make sure you speak a little more slowly and clearly than you would for a normal meeting, given the potential time lag…”
Thanks to a recent article sent along to me by a recruiter colleague, however, I recognize (and fully admit) that I missed a few other particularly good points about gearing up for these kinds of technology-enabled discussions. As you’ll note in the article by Barbara Kiviat in Time Magazine, linked below, there are also some important considerations to make regarding room lighting, camera framing, and dress code when it comes to webcam-based meetings.
Just wanted to set the record straight and make sure you all had these additional pointers at your disposal, in addition to my other interviewing tips, given the large number of hiring conversations that now take place in cyberspace — versus a traditional interviewing environment!