Autism: 9 Tips to Landing Your First Job Using Video Conferencing
Research Most companies are using video conferencing as a method in which to interview potential candidates for employment. The same principals you use to prepare for an in person interview should be the same for a video conference interview. You should prepare by researching the company and come up with some questions to ask the interviewer when appropriate. Go a step further and perform a quick Google search with the name of the person who is interviewing you. Most all professionals are also on LinkedIn, so a simple search on LinkedIn should yield you results. Set the Stage While home maybe the only location from which to meet, it doesn’t mean you can’t choose an environment that is best for the interview. You will want to find a place in your home that is free from distractions. You should avoid being near an open window near a busy street. Take some time to ensure that children and pets are not in the room during the interview. While on camera, you don’t want anything behind you that may seem controversial or inappropriate for the interview. Always check to ensure that your background is clutter free. Technology So, just what type of technology do you need for a video conference interview? You will need a web camera, microphone, and internet connection. Most laptops have a web camera built in to the computer which is located at the top of your screen. For others, you can invest in an inexpensive web camera that can be attached to the computer using a USB connection. Most video conferencing platforms have the option of calling in on your phone, or you can use the built in microphone on your computer. You can also opt for an external microphone or headset. It is best to set up everything before your interview to make sure that your equipment is working. Your internet connection is critical so make sure that you have the proper set up. You will want a strong internet Wi-Fi connection or a Ethernet cable for a hard connection. GoToMeeting, Zoom, Skype, and Google Hangouts are some of the most common platforms. If you are using a platform such as Zoom, they offer backgrounds that can be integrated into the application. This offers privacy and creates a more professional background. You can also download a customized background and integrate into Zoom from Canva which is a FREE graphic design program. Dressing for Success Just like in person, you want to make sure that you dress appropriately for the interview. You may be thinking that the interviewer won’t see you from the waist down. However, the interviewer may ask you for something and you may have to get up and retrieve it from another room. Always take the time to shower and dress as if you were being interviewed in person. Getting dressed for an interview doesn’t always mean wearing a suit. You will want to dress similar to the way the company employees dress. Usually this is business casual.
Time Management Just like an in person interview, you should show up and be ready at least 10 minutes prior to the interview. It never looks good if you are late for your interview. Also, depending on your internet connection, it might take you some time to login. Or, if they are providing you with a video conference platform that you are unfamiliar with, you may need time to download the application on your computer. Interview Just keep in mind when using video conferencing technology there is sometimes a delay in the microphone. You may want to wait a few seconds before speaking to ensure that the interviewer has finished speaking. When it is your turn, speak clearly and make sure that you are answering the question. If there is something that you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. This will ensure that you are engaged in the conversation. After the Interview Make sure to send a quick email to the interviewer within 2 hours after your interview. Thank them for taking the time to interview you and let them know how much you enjoyed speaking to them. This only takes a minute of your time but I can tell you with all of the people I interview, the person who sends me a quick email thanking me always stands out. Follow Up Just because the interview is over doesn’t mean that you are done. Make sure to follow up with the interview no later than 2 weeks after the interview. A quick email to check in to see if they have made a decision. If they have decided to go with someone else, you should always state that if something should ever open up you would still be interested. Sometimes although they may have hired someone else, things don’t work out. You want to keep the door open should they need someone in the future. Organization Being organized is key when searching for jobs. If you are applying to more than one company you will want to keep a log book of who you have contacted. Ideally there should be four columns next to each company. Resume submitted, Interview date, After Interview, and Follow up. There should also be an area for you to jot down notes. Keeping an organizational binder for your job search ensures that you don’t accidentally send an email to the wrong person or call them by the wrong name. Video conferencing is not going away anytime soon! Not only are companies interviewing using these platforms, they are using them daily to interact with their teams. So, being technology savvy with these platforms will put you ahead of the rest. Interviewing is never easy but with research and preparation you will be able to show your best self!