How to have a Winning Video Interview

Looking for a Job Requires knowing the Game

As you’re out looking for a job, you need to know the tools interviewer are using these days.

Virtual Video Interviewing; video interviews are becoming an increasingly important part of the Video Job interviewjob search process. Using this technology, companies can more easily screen candidates regardless of their geographic location, which is especially useful for military personnel who are stationed around the globe. In fact, companies will soon be conducting “live” video interviews through Corporate Gray Online.

These “live” video interviews allow for a virtual face-to-face conversation between a recruiter and candidate. Some companies also use one-way video interviews, whereby the candidate answers a set of pre-screening questions that are recorded and viewed later by the recruiter. Whichever type of digital interview you encounter, preparation is important for a successful experience.

Interview Preparation

The following recommendations apply to any type of interview, whether it’s in-person, phone, or video:

a) List the possible questions you’ll be asked, and create a script of clear, concise, and well thought out answers to practice and prepare.

b) List questions you want to ask the interviewer, in case they offer this ability at the end of the interview. Research the company so your questions and answers are relevant to the recruiter and the firm. The best candidates ask the best questions.

c ) For two-way interviews, give the recruiter your full attention with absolutely no distractions that could be detected or deter from your performance.

d) After the interview, contact the recruiter to thank them for the opportunity to interview, and recap your skills and interest in the job and their company. Don’t be afraid to ask for the job at the end of the interview!

Video Interview Tips

But what about preparing for a video interview in particular? You should expect to participate in video interviews at some point during your job search. “We’ve been using digital interviews for the last three years, and the process is becoming more and more common,” says Lisa Carroll, Search Executive for Kopplin & Kuebler.

They can seem daunting, as many people are not comfortable in front of a webcam and are not familiar with using the technology. However, with a few tips and some practice, you’ll be on the right track for acing the video interview…

Dress appropriately from head-to-toe. That’s right, even from the waist down! You don’t want a recruiter to catch a glimpse of inappropriate clothing in case you adjust your position. Plus, you’ll feel more professional and in character. Avoid patterned or white clothing. Patterns can often give the illusion of movement on camera, and white can be unflattering and add glare.

1) Test the Internet connection, lighting, video, and sound. If possible, use a wired (vs. wireless) Internet connection. This provides a stronger and more dependable connection. The best webcam placement is just above your sightline. Looking up slightly is a more flattering angle and it encourages you to sit up straight.

2) Being in front of a camera can be intimidating and uncomfortable, especially if you don’t have much practice. So practice, practice, practice, and remember to smile – it goes a long way on a digital interview. If a one-way video interview allows for practice questions, take advantage of them to check your settings and get more comfortable with the process.

3) Choose a quiet place to interview. Have a clean desk and simple background so that nothing distracting is picked up on the audio or video. Put pets away, and let everyone who is home know that you will be interviewing. If necessary put a do-not-disturb sign on the door as a reminder. Ms. Carroll had difficulty evaluating a candidate whose interview included a chirping bird in the background.

4) Close other programs on your computer so the interview is not interrupted by a signal, such as a message on Facebook or an incoming email. Remember the interviewer should have your undivided attention.

5) Remember to look into the camera, not at the screen, when answering questions. The camera is your target for making eye contact, which is just as important in a video interview as in-person (consider taping a sign next to the camera to remind you). It is okay to look at the interviewer when they are asking the question, but direct your responses directly to the webcam.

6) Seeing yourself on camera is helpful to check how you appear to the recruiter, but don’t let it distract you during the interview. If you find your own image on the screen distracting, close that window if possible, or cover it with a post-it note.

7) Be aware of the timing so that your answer is not cut short on a one-way recorded interview.

8) Don’t be afraid to make a mistake and start your answer over. Everyone makes mistakes, and it’s better to fix your answer than continue with a poor choice.

9) Avoid using hand movements, which are more distracting on video than in-person.

10) Use the notes you prepared, but don’t rely too heavily on them for your answers. Prepare them so they can be quickly scanned for thoughts and ideas, but don’t use them like a script.

Although some of the tips above might seem obvious, they are not to be taken lightly. Don’t risk a negative evaluation just because you didn’t properly prepare!

Contributor: Lisa Carroll, Search Executive for Kopplin & Kuebler, conducts General Manager, Executive Chef, Assistant General Manager, Clubhouse Manager, and Chief Financial Officer searches in the private club industry.

Where is my JOB Interview?

Job Hunting Suggestions

When you are discharge from the service the first thing most do, is look for a job, without giving a lot of thought to what they want to do, or best qualified for.. Once the military paycheck stops, the reality
of needing to make money soaks in, and stress begins for some.

Hire Me 235 x 216

Don’t rush into job hunting, until you think what you have a passion for, and then see if there is a job
opportunity that to pursue your passion.

Most People Start Job Hunting By…

Most people start by submitting their resume to as many companies as possible, and answer every single ad that crosses their path. And still, are not getting any interesting job interviews. They ask what could they possibly be doing wrong? Is there anything one can do to improve their chances, or is it just bad luck?

We will share a few hints that will potentially help you spice up your resume and turn you into a more eligible candidate. Once you start getting interviews, it will be up to you to demonstrate your skills and finally get that job you are waiting for.

Where to Start

Don’t send the same resume to all the companies. Tailor it to what the business does, and how your skill
can help. Your military experience skills should be relevant to the civilian job you’re seeking.

– Your professional objective: It should be strongly and positively worded. Remember that this defines the kind of work you want to do within your profession, in the clearest and simplest of ways. Make sure that the rest of your resume supports this objective.

– Keywords: Use phrases that are important to your target employer or industry. Hiring managers will look for keywords that match the company’s and the job’s needs

– Maintain your target market in mind: Ask yourself, “If I were the employer, would I interview this person?” Unless the answer is an unqualified yes, you still have some work to do.

– Explain exact responsibilities: Do not just name the job titles or responsibilities you had in the past. Explain your achievements, results or success stories. Support these with specific results and benefits. Qualify or quantify your accomplishments wherever possible, and remember to be consistent in using positive language to describe the results. Writing ‘office manager’ does not sound as well as ‘As an office manager, I successfully coordinated a team of four to achieve breakthrough in all the projects we are handling, capturing the senior management’s attention’.

– List past experiences with concise descriptions: All content must support your professional objective and convince the prospective employer of your value.

– Emphasize your work history selectively: specifically drawing attention to what is relevant to your target market.

– When you spent a long time ‘between jobs’… Do not leave any gaps between employment dates. List jobs by year rather than by month and year. If a gap occurred, list the time with a brief explanation, i.e. “Sabbatical 2008-2009”. After all, you could have been working as a freelancer or an independent consultant for all they know. You can always explain the gaps during the interview process. Manage such information in an interview, not in a resume.

– Willing to travel? If you are willing to work abroad or even if you are open to being transferred in a near future, include this in your resume. Many companies will appreciate this. We all live in a world of constant changes. Being global and dynamic will give you the extra edge over other candidates. You can also mention that you own your vehicle, and that you have no problem in driving to your workplace every day no matter how far the distance is.

– Marital status and personal info: Unless you are specifically asked to complete your marital status, you may not add this information to your resume. Sometimes, being a woman in your thirties and being married can play against you, if your potential employer believes you could be taking a maternity leave any time soon. The same happens if you have more than two children: employers will potentially see you as a busy family person who is probably unable or unwilling to work extra hours. You can always present yourself that you are able to handle and manage when asked during the interview. What you want to focus from the hiring manager is the value and contribution you are giving to the organization, not your personal information.

– Educational Background: Do not exaggerate your educational background. If you have left school for five years or more, your work experience would be more important rather than your academic record.

– References: Do not include before you had the chance to have a face-to-face meeting. Set aside for the interview.

– Review final product: Correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and typographical errors. Have another person proofread it for anything you might have missed.

By keeping some of these tips in mind, your resume will look much better.

One last important note…..Hand carry you resume into the company, and ask for an appointment to talk with the person doing the hiring. You don’t want your resume to be lost with the other thousand sent in.

Wishing you the best in getting the job you love and enjoy!