How to Handle an On-Demand Video Job Interview

1. Read and follow the instructions very carefully.

You will be more successful in the interview and you will demonstrate your ability to work carefully and thoroughly by following the directions for the interview very carefully.

Quickly glancing at the instructions can automatically disqualify you before the interview even begins. Avoid making assumptions about the process that could be wrong.

2. Meet the employer’s deadline.

The good news is that you can usually pick a time for the interview that is the best for you, after work or on weekends if you are employed. The employer usually sets a “due date” when the interview should be completed. Know that date, and meet that deadline to be considered.

If possible, beat that deadline by several hours or even days. Avoid doing the interview at the last possible moment to make the best impression on the employer.

3. Have the login information handy.

Be sure to have that ready.

4. Make sure you have the right devices available.

If you have no other options, you can use your smart phone for this interview, assuming it has a camera. However, you will very likely make the best impression using a camera connected to a computer, assuming the computer also has a microphone and a speaker.

Test the connection to be sure it works before the interview regardless of device used.

In advance, test your microphone and camera to be sure that they work. Even perfect answers to the questions won’t make an impact if they can’t hear your answers or see you talk.

5. Do your homework.

Carefully review the job description and highlight where you meet or exceed the requirements.

In today’s digital world, you can learn all about the company, its competitors, its products, and its goals in short order by spending some time on the Internet. Review the employer’s website, press releases, products and services to know who they are and where they are going.

Then, be sure to focus on how you align with the job’s requirements as well as the employer’s goals and mission.

6. Have your interview answers ready.

You have received a fabulous opportunity to be well-prepared. It’s like being handed the keys to the kingdom. Script out your answers in advance, remembering to tell clear and concise stories that are examples of your accomplishments.

7. Practice, practice, practice.

This could be said one hundred times — you must know your script well enough to be natural. When you answer the questions you need to sound like it is second nature to share this information. You won’t have that unless you memorize it, practice it aloud, and grow into it, just like an actor does with a script.

8. Choose your location carefully.

Choose a quiet spot where, hopefully, you will be the only person visible (and audible).

Don’t make the mistake of trying to do this interview in a busy place with many distractions around. Keep the background as simple as possible, like a wall, or something else that is unlikely to cause a problem or create a distraction.

If possible, have a light showing on your face from in front of you so that your face is well lit. Test the lighting to find the best position for it– a lamp which is slightly above your face and behind the camera, shining on you, is usually the most flattering.

9. Dress the part.

Just because you are not face-to-face does not make this any more casual. You want to be well-groomed and well-dressed, avoiding distractive prints, overly bright colors, and noisy jewelry. You want the focus to be on you, not on what you are wearing.

10. Be the best you.

The best you sits up straight and leans slightly forward, makes eye contact, remembers to smile and show personality, and talks in a clear, well-modulated voice. Don’t whisper, mumble, or fidget.

Practice will also help you overcome issues like fidgeting so again, there is more reason to prepare. If you can record yourself in practice, do it! You will rapidly see what needs to be fixed.

11. Look directly at the camera.

When you are answering a question, look directly at the camera rather than at your computer screen. Imagine that the personal who will be viewing this video is right there. Pretend you are talking to that person.

12. Pay attention to the clock.

These interviews have a time-limit. So, put a clock where you can easily see it, and use the time wisely.