How to Prepare for a Video Interview

 We live in a world driven by technology where everyone is constantly connected to the world via video chats, smart phones and social media so treat your video interview like a face-to-face interview.

In Advance:

  • Know your resume - Re-familiarize yourself with past employers, roles, technologies, and employment dates. Managers will inquire about all sorts of details found on your resume, and your inability to recall these events can be viewed as a potential embellishment.
  • Review the company website
  • Analyze the job description - Although many job descriptions may not be as clear as you would wish, take the time to understand the role and responsibilities. This may also help you in preparing for potential interview questions.
  • Prepare your answers in advance - Even the best candidates struggle to recall specific situations and instances, especially in a stressful environment like an interview. A helpful tip is to recall 4 or 5 specific situations in which you were responsible for a favorable outcome. Once you've identified these scenarios, try to highlight them in a way that shows your teamwork, communication skills, determination, or ability to manage others. Having these scenarios handy will help you to quickly answer all types of behavioral questions.

Day-Of:

  • Check your tech - Your video interview may take place on FaceTime, Skype or Zoom to accommodate your needs. Double check your technology to make sure your computer or phone is set up to access this correctly.
  • Prep your space - Choose a quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted during your interview. Double check your background. Neutral is best.
  • Dress professionally - Apex is a business casual environment. Please dress for your video interview as you would for a face-to-face interview.

During:

  • Punctuality - Log in 5-10 minutes early to make sure you have a good connection, everything is fully charged and close out any other apps that may interrupt the interview. If you are using a computer, remember to turn off your phone ringer.
  • "Do you have any questions?" - Most interviews end with the interviewer asking, "Do you have any questions?" Although you may not, a few general questions such as, "What makes a successful employee at your organization?" or "What are your company's or group's goals?" can go a long way in showing your interest in the position.
  • Jump in - Remember to have good eye contact with your interviewer as well as project confidence in your answers. Be engaged, outgoing, take notes, ask questions, get involved. This is where you want to work, right?!

After:

  • Send a “thank you email” stating your desire to work for Apex. You would be surprised that this small gesture can make you stand out among other candidates.