Delivery: All the technology, preparation and screen logistics are great, but if you deliver poorly during the interview, all your efforts were for not. Certainly there are a number of things that should be done in any interview. That said, here I’m going to strictly discuss items related to the logistics when interviewing via video.
1. Have a small picture of your video displayed on the screen. The reason you want to see yourself, is that is how the interviewer sees you. That way, if your tie is crooked, you have spinach in your teeth from lunch, or only half of your face is in the video frame you will know it and can make the appropriate adjustments. Also, if the lighting changes because sun came out from behind a cloud or someone is walking behind you, you can make the appropriate adjustments.
2. Be careful of your body language. When on camera, your posture, hand gestures, and facial expressions are very noticeable, particularly to a trained interviewer. Sit up straight, smile, if you want to gesture with your hands, make sure they are with the camera’s view, and take not of your hand/face combination gestures. For example, for example, resting your chin on your hand can make you look board, resting your chin on your thumb with your index finger on your cheek can make your look interested, engaged in the conversation, and thoughtful. If you have not studied body language and/or hand and facial expressions it would be well worth your while to do so.
3. Don’t forget you are on video: This may sound obvious, but if you regularly watch YouTube videos, movies, and/or TV on your computer, it can be easy for forget for moment that you too are being watched. Continually be cognizant of your expressions and always look interested. This is one of the reasons you want to close unneeded applications on your desktop. I popup incoming mail message or a Twitter alert can break easily break your conversation. Remember, the interviewer cannot see your screen and thus cannot see why you were distracted, only that you are not paying attention.
Post call activities: Just because the official part of the interview has ended, the interview isn’t over until the Skype session in terminated.
1. Don’t let your guard down until the call/connection is terminated: Don’t underestimate the damage you can do to yourself by thinking out-loud before the call is terminated. Picture this scenario. You just had a great interview, really want to the job, and thinking the call was disconnected you say to yourself “Wow, that interview was joke. I hope my boss will be smarter than that HR guy.” Guess what, you have just been removed from the candidate list and the “HR guy” just put your resume in the trash, forever.