Have you ever participated in a video interview before?
According to a 2014 Aberdeen Group survey, 87% of companies are now utilizing the video interview in their hiring process, and Parker is no exception: ongoing construction, continual freeway congestion, and expensive parking can make it difficult for candidates to make the trip in to interview with us. In certain situations, we offer a video interview to candidates who may not have the ability to make it to Seattle.
Here are a few tips to have in mind in order to have a great interview:
Technology isn’t always perfect, so it’s important to test everything. As far as internet connection goes, use an Ethernet cable directly into the wall instead of relying on Wi-Fi when possible, as it’s less prone to cutout. Test out your Skype with a friend a couple of hours before your interview. Make sure you and your friend can see and hear each other clearly, without any cutout or call drops. This allows you to get all of the kinks out so you’re not wasting your interview time fiddling with your Skype settings.
In a Skype interview, a recruiter can see your background – whether that be a coffee shop (not recommended) or the inside of your home. Make sure your background is clean and professional. Do not sit with your back to a window or light. Instead, consider facing the window or light directly or at a slight angle, so you’re easy to see. If possible, sit slightly away from the camera, so that the recruiters can see your face and the top-half of the great interview outfit you’ve put together!
Just because we’ll only be seeing your top half does not mean it’s a good idea to wear pajama bottoms with that button up. It’s important to treat this interview as if you were going to an in-person interview, so dress well from head-to-toe. You never know if you have to stand up to answer the door unexpectedly.
Nothing throws off an interview quite like a disruption. A crying baby, a package delivery, or a barking dog can all disturb an interview (and potentially your groove) in an instant. Try to address potential disruptions ahead of time. Think about hiring Rover to take your dog on a long walk during your interview time. See if your spouse would be willing to take the kids to the park or maybe a movie. If you can’t get the house to yourself, try secluding yourself to a home office or bedroom. Consider locking the door or putting up a “Do Not Disturb” sign so that everyone knows to stay out.
Even if we have your resume on file, it never hurts to send your recruiter an updated copy of your resume a few minutes or so before your interview. Think of it as the equivalent of bringing extra copies of your resume to an in-person interview, showing your preparedness and commitment to the interviewer.
I hope this has been a helpful checklist for you, but if you have any additional questions, you can always reach out to your recruiter prior to your Skype interview. It’s part of my job (and the job of my fellow recruiters) to help you be successful, so we’re happy to help. See you on Skype!
We can help you do it. Parker specializes in the temporary and permanent placement of local customer service, administrative, and human resource professionals. We always have several job openings in and around Bellevue, Redmond, and Seattle.