Many healthcare professionals seek travel placements that make video interviewing a necessity. This interview medium is actually preferred by 66 percent of candidates. Though you aren’t face-to-face with your interviewer, it’s important to remember that a video interview is still a real interview: you will need to follow the same parameters you would if you were visiting the interviewer in his or her office. Still, video interviews don’t allow an interviewer the same interaction he or she would have with an applicant in person. So to make a great impression and ace your video interview, it can help to prepare yourself with a few strategies. Here’s what you can do to get ready.
How to deliver a killer video interview
You can sharpen your video interview skills by following these important pointers:
- Check your technology. Whether you use Skype, Facetime or another video chatting application, be sure your computer is plugged in or has adequate battery power. Check your Internet connection and make sure you understand how to use the application ahead of time.
- Pay attention to your appearance. Just as if you were meeting your interviewer in person, you should dress professionally and do your hair (or get a haircut, if needed). Women should wear a modest amount of makeup. Try to avoid red clothing, which doesn’t translate well over video chat.
- Act professional. Conduct a video interview just as you would any other interview by acting the part of a healthcare professional. Don’t be too informal or too personal. Even though you’re taking the interview in your home, you should speak professionally, just as you would at work.
- Smile and be positive. Your good mood will go a long way.
- Have a copy of your resume ready. If your interviewer has any questions for you, it’s best to be prepared with a current copy of your resume (ideally the same one you submitted when you applied for the job).
- Take the interview in a quiet place. Choose a room with minimal distractions. Your full attention should be on the interviewer, just as if you were face-to-face. Also, pay careful attention to your background and what’s around you—remember, your interviewer can see everything.
- Choose a location with clear, bright lighting. You want your interviewer to be able to see you clearly. Avoid rooms with dim or inadequate lighting.
- Have a bottle of water on hand. If your mouth starts to get dry from too much talking, it’s good to be prepared.
- Ask questions. Do research on the company and the position beforehand, and jot down any questions you may have of the interviewer. Being prepared helps showcase your dedication to your career.
- Follow up with your recruiter afterwards. If you worked with a recruiter to land your interview, he or she will want to know how it went. Simply give a call or send an email to keep your recruiter in the loop.
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