After you've put all your time and energy into creating the perfect resume, the last thing you want to do is blow it during your video interview. We've put together a list of common video interview mistakes and how to avoid them. With a little bit of practice and studying, you can avoid missteps and complete a video interview where you really shine.
1. Appearing Bored
It's easy to get too comfortable when you are in a familiar setting and not interacting in a traditional face-to-face interview. However, appearing bored during a video interview is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Show your interest by maintaining eye contact and asking with intelligent, relevant questions about the company.
2. Complaining or Being Angry
Everyone has something in their work history that frustrated them — but no interviewer wants to hear your gripes about your old boss or your bad day. This can make you seem angry or spiteful, and won't make you seem like a positive asset to the team. Regardless of the problem, take a deep breath and maintain a smile during your interview.
3. Lack of Preparation
Not only is this the interviewer's chance to get to know you, it's also your chance to ask about the company and the job. If you don't have any questions, you may come across as unprepared. Do your research on the company beforehand, and come prepared with relevant questions about the company and the job.
4. Asking the Wrong Questions Too Early
Pay and benefits are a big part any job, but asking about them too soon could give the wrong impression. A video interview is typically conducted fairly early in the hiring process, which is not the appropriate time to ask about salary and benefits. Save that conversation for when you have actually been offered the job.
5. Bad Body Language
Fidgeting, slouching, tapping, and chewing gum are just a few examples of rude non-verbal behavior during a video interview. Sit up straight, and maintain eye contact as much as possible to show you are confident and interested in what the interviewer is saying.
6. Getting Distracted
After a while, it's easy to forget that you are on camera. As you become more comfortable in the setting, you may be tempted to multi-task or pet your dog as he walks by. Remove as many distractions as possible to help you stay completely focused on what the interviewer is saying.
7. Technology Failure
Check your technology before the interview starts. Do a practice run-through before your video interview to verify that your equipment works and you are prepared for the meeting. Download any programs or software you need, and make sure your computer is plugged into a power source before starting.
8. Dressing Too Casually
Yes, the interview may be done in your living room, but this is still a professional meeting. Dress in crisp, clean clothing, just as you would for a face-to-face interview. Avoid bright patterns and colors that might be distracting and keep jewelry and accessories to a minimum. You want the interviewer to focus on your responses to their questions, not on your outfit.
9. Failing to Follow Up
While the video interview is a newer concept, the same old-fashioned rule about sending a thank you note applies. After your video interview, follow up with an email or handwritten note to everyone involved. At the end of the interview, discuss the timeline and when you can expect to hear back. Don't be afraid to contact the employers once that time frame is up to remind them that you are the best candidate for the job.