Originally Posted by HugheyFreeman
Hey everybody, im doing an video interview for my dream job ,and i dont know the first thing about interveiwing video wise and tips would be greatly appreciat
Prep should be the same as an in-person interview. Some things you might want to think about:
lighting -- In the same way you want to put your best foot forward live you want to make sure that ikea lamp you picked up during undergrad isn't throwing shadows that will make you look serial-killer-ish (I suggest light so think maybe a window backdrop but given the time of the interview you don't want the high sun to block the interviewer.
Backdrop -- pick a space to set up that isn't distracting ... While you might have an affinity for your batman collectible figurines or that vintage Tarantino movie poster signed by him odds are it will read less 'chill' and more 'kid'ish (and not ready for the gig). I tend to go with s staid bookcase background with the college books du jour in view but I know folks will go with a taped up pillow case in the background (but I tend to think this reads less non descript and more like you should be holding up a newspaper to confirm the date of your kidnapping).
In a perfect world tech will fail (you) -- make sure before the interview starts you understand the protocol for if the video/audio feed fails....is there a number you need to call or should you expect them to connect back with you. Of course in the confirmation make sure you have the tech specs for the video call.
Also if you will be using a popular software such as skype/Fb/google hangout make sure the avi and screen name is interview ready ... Again you don't want to give the interviewer any extraneous things to think about.
Runthrough runthrough and runthrough --- find a homie/family member who is available to have a quick video chat during the approximate time as your interview. Put on your best tie or push up bra which ever the case maybe and have a quick talk about your upcoming interview....then get the feedback. Was the tie to busy, was there any distractions in the background (neighbors happy dog, your housecat that decided to jump on the table and purr loudly in the background), blind spots/sun spots, where was your natural eye wandering points, did you gesticulate with your hands too much and in view, etc. Adjust after feedback an runthrough again.
Make sure you have a glass water/tissues ready and anything that would cause you to break the interview space once it's started.