Webcam Interview

Webcam interviews are becoming more and more common today. They are eco friendly, more cost efficient and still provide the company with a face-to-face version of the interview. They can also be recorded so that other members of the hiring staff can view the video to help make a decision about you.

The cost of an in-person interview average around $1,000 (especially if the person has to travel) and more and more companies are looking for ways to cut these costs. Technology is making this even easier than ever before and the webcam interview is one way to do this.

If you’ve never done a webcam interview before, it may seem a little intimidating at first. Don’t worry because you are not alone in this. If you’re not confident in how to use the webcam, take some time to figure it out or get someone to show you before the day of the interview. Here are some additional tips that will help you make the most of your webcam interview experience and leave a great impression on the interviewer.

Here are some tips for having a successful webcam interview:

• Dress for the webcam interview like you would an in-person interview

• Fix your hair and makeup (if it applies) and avoid excessive jewelry

• Prep your background before the interview

• Be sure it is uncluttered and clean or it can send the wrong impression

• Make sure you will not be disturbed during the interview timeframe

• Interruptions will give an unprofessional impression and can break the flow of the interview process

• Prep your background before the interview

• Take time to be sure everything in view of the camera is clean, neat and organized

• Don’t sit too close to the camera

• This can give you a bug-eyed look

• Don’t move around too much or squirm during the interview

• Will make you look nervous and also doesn’t record well

• Try to avoid “talking with your hands” or wild arm movements

• Can look blurry and distracting on the webcam

• Ensure you will have proper lighting in the room

• Test the scenario with a friend to make sure everything looks how you want it

• Frame the picture on the webcam and try to remain in the framed area during the interview

• Check your sound and audio before the interview so there are no problems when the time comes

• Check for interference such as roommates or a barking dog

• Prep for the questions before hand

• It will be difficult to read notes without it looking obvious on camera

Now that you know more about the webcam interview, including how you can be successful at it, you are ready for any upcoming interview. Not only will this information help you to be more comfortable with the interview but it also shows that you are capable of keeping up with the times. Times are changing and technology is the way of the future. You add bonus points to your interview when you show that you are capable of handling this technology.

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