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Video interviews should not change core preparation

Posted on June 1st, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

As businesses adapt to changing technology, the option of interviewing remotely has become more common.

According to The Economic Times, candidates should prepare slightly differently for a video interview than they would for an in-person meeting. While the core principles remain the same – properly researching the company, looking over job requirements, etc. – the medium has changed.

Prior to the interview, candidates should test their equipment to ensure there are no glitches with the ability to hear or see the other person. Cutting any surrounding noise is also a good idea, since microphones can pickup even the smallest of sounds.

Portraying confidence virtually is just as important as it is face-to-face. The news source notes that prospects shouldn't fidget, and they should look into the camera consistently. Clothing choice matters, too. Candidates should dress as if the interview was in-person, and avoid wearing stripes, since monitors tend to create fluctuating patterns.

NPR reports that Twitter is also being used as a medium for interviews. A recent roundtable discussion between Andy Carvin, NPR's senior product manager for online communities, and Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for President Barack Obama, saw Carvin field questions from online followers, and relay them to Rhodes during a live broadcast.  

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