Brutal Honesty Advice About Your Video Interview — From a Career Recruiter about

Brutal Honesty Video Interview Advice

Oh, we like you! We really, really do! That is why we called you and scheduled a video interview. Too bad you are in your PJ’s and we can see your mom’s house hasn’t been updated since the 70’s. No, we will call you! You don’t have to call us. Bye-bye candidate! Need a little video interview advice? Better luck next time.

If you have ever had a bad video interview experience don’t feel alone, so have I. Nothing in my past professional experience really prepared me for what I saw when I video interviewed you the other day. Here is some video interview advice to ensure your next video interview a little better.

  1. Guess what? I can see you! We can, We see a lot of things. I  see you in your PJ’s, I can see your dirty ceiling fan, and I can even see that giant black light poster behind you. If I can go through the trouble of putting something nice on for your video interview, then you have to also. I know it might seem like a hassle to put pants on and clean your room, but if you want to work for my clients then you are going to have to put up with it. It is just like a real interview minus the expense of travel.
  1. Whose line is it anyway? I know it is kind of hard to get the hang of it, especially if you are using FaceTime, but there is a slight delay in speaking during a video chat. Wait to speak until you know the other person is done. It can come across like you are pushy or rude if you are constantly interrupting the other person. This goes for the recruiter as well, so both sides need to comply with this video interview rule.
  1. Did you study for this test? I did. We have a copy of your resume and the job description I sent you right in front of me. I am going to want to go over both of those things in detail. You will sound like a stronger candidate if you can follow along with me as I go. Please make sure to take the time to look over your resume, think of questions you may expect me to ask and have answers ready. Also, don’t fudge the resume either—but I hope that is a given.
  1. I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date! Be on time people. Being late to an in-person interview will probably not get the job. I am very specific when I schedule a time with you for a video interview. If it doesn’t work for you just let me know, I understand things change. Don’t stand me up and make me pay for my own drinks.

Word to the Wise

Word to the wise: any interview including a traditional in-person or phone interview is like a first date. Everyone is on their best behavior and wants to make a good first impression. When you to try to project yourself to be the right candidate in every way then you will be the right candidate. Hey, they called you for an interview. Don’t screw it up!

For in depth training on video interviewing please see our game changing Virtual Best Practices: Client Interviewing Training lesson.

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