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Asked by Alberto on December 9, 2014

I'm interviewing for a marketing job with a company located in another state and for the first time I'm asked to do a video interview over Skype. Are these becoming more common? What advice would you have for me to prepare for this? I feel like I will be on TV and I'm getting nervous.

Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on December 10, 2014

In my experience, video interviews are becoming more common among companies considering candidates that live out of state. It is a more cost effective way to conduct interviews and more effective than a phone interview. There are several non-verbal cues interviewers can’t pick up on with phone interviews. I would not treat it any differently than an in person interview. The interviewers will more than likely be in a private conference room so don’t feel your interview will be broadcast to additional people outside of the room. I would recommend doing a test run with your equipment prior to the interview to ensure everything runs smoothly. You don’t want to stress out about setting equipment up for the first time at the time of your interview. You will want to treat this as an in person interview and dress in business professional attire from head to toe. Good luck!

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Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on December 10, 2014

Congratulations on making it to an interview round at a marketing firm. Sounds like a great opportunity. I have some thoughts for you as you prepare.
1) Practice Skyping with a friend. If you haven’t skyped a lot in the past, this will be a new experience. You will want to make sure that you get all the glitches out of the way. This will also ensure that you know how to use it easily and quickly. By navigating it swiftly you will come across competent and techy.
2) When you are practicing, use it as an opportunity to watch your mannerisms and how you look when you are interviewing. That is practice that will help you beyond a skype interview. Many people have mannerisms that they don’t even know about and that can be interpreted the wrong way.
3) Make sure to account for a small delay/echo in sound. Be ready for there to be a slight difference in sound than when you are on the phone or in person.
4) Make sure to treat is as an in person interview. Where an outfit from head to toe that you would be comfortable with your interviewer seeing you in. Many times people only where a suit jacket on top and where pajamas on the bottom. This is a risky move, and I would not recommend it.
5) Make sure that you have an appropriate background in your picture that shows up on their end. You will not want to have something that could distract them from what you are saying and or make you some across as unprofessional.
6) Make sure to smile and be enthusiastic. This is something that you will want to come through in your skype interview. Most people are so focused on being professional and the added stress of having a technical difficulty can make you come across cold.
7) Have a professional skype name or email address that they use.
I wish you all the best in your skype interview!

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Answered by Bryan, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on December 10, 2014

Yes, video interviewing seems to be gaining in popularity. For many companies, it represents an easy solution when looking to save on valuable time, resources and budgets. Today with the availability of some excellent video options, this can be done without sacrificing in terms of quality of the interview.
So what does this mean for the candidate and what can you do to prepare and to be successful? First, realize that this can represent opportunities which would not otherwise exist. There are three which come to mind.
First, you now have flexibility in terms of where you will conduct the interview so choose a space which is most comfortable to you! Consider what that space should look like! In other words, might wish to consider the job for which you are interviewing and match your setting to it. For a marketing position, you might want to surround yourself with content, color, and clippings that indicate your passion for that space. For a programming or software engineering position, a whiteboard with coding problems might be directly behind you. For a design job, samples of your creative work should be displayed prominently. You can event point to these "props" during the course of our conversation.
Next, treat this as an "in person" interview. Dress the same as you would if going to the employer's office (I recommend this for phone interviews as well as it is great for the psyche!), "arrive early", and do a test run of the equipment and the software. If you do this and should there be any technical challenges, you can confidently state to your interviewer that you have tested the system and your equipment. Yet another "opportunity"!
Finally, use the camera to your advantage! Set it so that it is focused on your face and background with the desk free from view. Let the interviewer know that you might like to take some notes allowing you to look down at your desk periodically. On your desk, you may wish to have some strategic notes to which you can refer!
In all, video interviewing provides you with a convenient alternative and some strategic advantages. Make the most of it, have fun, and good luck!

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Answered by Patti, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on December 11, 2014

Yes, video interviews are becoming more and more common. It is nice to engage with a candidate and interviewer face to face and skype/video helps with that. It is important to be comfortable with this process as if it was an in-person interview. Ensure that you are in a place that allows that- similar to if you were meeting in the interviewers office. Also- any uncertainty of what to expect, is fine to ask your Recruiter as well. Hope that helps.

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Answered by Kristi, Hiring Expert at BNY Mellon, on August 4, 2017

As technology continues to advance, it is very likely that virtual interviews will gain popularity. It’s important to prepare just like you would for an in-person interview. Dress professionally and speak confidently. However, for a virtual interview, there are a few additional recommendations to consider. For this style of interview, ensure your computer and webcam are functioning properly and be sure to test them prior to your interview. Remember to set your webcam at an angle that will only capture you eliminating background distractions. Additionally, remember to make eye contact with your interviewer even in the virtual setting.

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