So you’ve landed an interview— is it time to set up your web cam?
While video interviewing hasn’t completely replaced traditional interview, it’s popularity among employers and job seekers has grown exponentially over the past few years. A 2012 survey by Green Job Interview found 52 percent of the employers it polled have used video interviews, and that number is on the rise.
According to the same Green Job Interview report, video interviewing leads to lowered travel costs and improved time to hire. Here at Alliance Solutions Group, we use video interviewing for the same reason. Video interviewing helps us match qualified candidates to excellent opportunities in less time.
Overall, candidates should prepare for video interviews in the same way they prepare for traditional in-person interviews. But, due to the nature of a video interview, things run just a little bit differently.
You’re interviewing from the comfort of your home, but it’s still important to dress professionally. In general, this means you should be dressed at least one step up from what you’d wear on an average day on the job. If you’re not sure, more formal is always better than less formal for a job interview.
Additionally, body language, including eye contact and posture, is extremely important in any type of interview.
“Attitude is more important in a video interview because you are only seen from the chest up,” Tiffany Cook, a seasoned recruiter at Alliance Office Solutions, said. “Your facial expressions are important too. You need to be even more animated and outgoing because I cannot see all of your body language.”
Check back next Friday for part two of our video interview series for tips for acing your video interview. In the mean time, you can follow us on Twitter @AllianceSolGrp for more job tips.