The pandemic has changed many things in day to day life and interviews are no exception. However, in this aspect, it may have shined a new light on technology we could be using to get closer and meet people even when hundreds of miles apart. Video interviewing has allowed candidates and hiring managers get a better feel for the fit while still getting that face to face interaction that the phone screen was missing. However, you want to make sure you’re prepared for your video interview with these tips from our  team of recruiters as well as some for overall COVID interviewing!

Jeff Bennett: Specialty Chemicals Recruiter & Food and Beverage Practice Lead

  • Dress as if you were going onsite
  • Have a bottle of water near- you’ll be doing a lot of talking
  • Pay attention to what is in your background. If you have to use a virtual background, opt for one that is professional- simple is best.
  • Decrease distractions whether it’s pets, family, etc.
  • Don’t be afraid to use humor! We’re all in this situation together.
  • If you do make it to the onsite round of interviews, inquire and understand COVID policies for the company and state.

Lindsay Schaaf: Director of Research & Specialty Chemical Recruiter

  • Do a test run! Test out your systems prior to the actual call- test for lighting, sound, background, etc.

Michele Baxley: Life Sciences Recruiter and Practice Lead

  • Set your computer screen the appropriate distance from your preferred angle.
  • Ensure the lighting is adequate but not too bright.
  • Clear all papers away from your desk and try to have a plain, static and uncluttered background so it is not distracting.
  • Use a sticky note with a picture or other object behind the camera on your device to attract your attention to look into the camera verses at the screen.
  • Have your resume ready, with examples of experiences related to the job description as a reference.
  • Have any questions you would like answered by the interviewer documented and ready to go.
  • Be aware the microphone picks up all sounds in the room, including family, pets, and notice sounds on your phone, I-Pad, etc.
  • Speak clearly, watch how often fingers are touching your face, try not to frown as you listen intently, etc..
  • If you have an accent it is wise to speak more slowly than normal to ensure clarity.
  • Ensure that you are wearing business attire.
  • Thank the interviewer for their time at the end of the interview and ensure you ask for next steps.

Ashley Bosh: Accounting and Finance Recruiter & Practice Lead

  • Make sure the room you select is tidy and has non-distracting elements.
  • Check the camera angle before turning your video on and choose the angle that allows you to be in the frame (top of head to your chest is great).
  • Have a rehearsed resting face- smile or slight smirk is inviting.
  • Have guidelines created for the points you would like to make about your experience and have questions for your interviewer.