There are a number of Calgary-based organizations that are using video interviewing platforms such as Skype for live interviews and HireVue for recorded interviews. Proponents claim that the tools reduce bias and increase diversity, candidate flexibility, and recruiter productivity. What is your take on these tools?

Approaching either of these interview situations requires some preparation. As a bonus, Cenera has put together a list to help you should you face a video interview in the future.

Here are some things to consider:

  1. Location – Choose a location that will appear professional to people at the other end of the camera. An office setting is ideal. Ensure that the background is neat and tidy. Bookshelves, credenzas, and/or plants work well in the background.
  2. Reference Materials – Place materials that you might refer to within easy reach. These could include your resume, portfolio, interviewee names and positions, and/or information on the organization.
  3. Sound – Ensure that there are enough objects in the room (blinds, plants, chairs, etc.) to absorb and deflect sound so that there is not an echo effect. Also, avoid locations that are subject to loud background noises. Finally, check your chair for annoying squeaks and sounds. WD-40 or choose another chair!
  4. Camera – Camera location is very important. The camera should be at eye-level and at right angles. You want to show you and your background rather than you and the floor or ceiling! The camera should also be about arm’s length away so that you fill the proper portion of the screen.
  5. Lighting – Avoid bright overhead lighting or sunlight that could produce facial shadows. A window or lamp in front of you will usually produce the right effect.
  6. You – Dress appropriately, the same as you would for a face-to-face interview. Look directly at the camera and keep relatively still. Consider make-up if you have a pale complexion.
  7. Practice Sessions – Conduct and record a practice session so that you can check out the final product. Make adjustments as necessary, and do additional practice sessions until you are happy with the results.

It’s Showtime!

The actual interview itself is much the same as a face-to-face interview. Focus on showing how you can deliver value to the organization, and let your personality shine through.

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