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Learning about video interview techniques

Most people realise the necessity for basic computer skills. However, if you have not noticed, more and more employers hiring work at home employees or independent contractors are now conducting video interviews. With advancements in technology, many of the computers include video cameras with software to conduct videos. Get ahead of the game by learning video interview techniques.

Interviewing techniques using video

Spending time researching and studying the video components on your personal computer pays off. Preparing equipment in advance is important for a smooth and professional job interview.

Preparation for video conferencing

Select an area in your home or an office that provides a professional environment. If conferencing from a home office make sure the area is presentable, clean and professional for your meeting.

Treat video conferencing as though you were there in person and dress the part. During any type of interview, you should look clean, polished and presentable.

Adjust lighting in the room by previewing the image in your web camera using the conferencing software screen. Frame in your face so it is centred and there is enough space above your head so you remain in the picture at all times.

Practice video conferencing

Video interview techniques should include a practice session or two. Enlist the aid of a friend or co-worker to conduct a practice video conference. A practice session helps to work out any bugs in your system and your friend can point out audio and video quality problems to fix.

Setting up video conferencing

Make sure you have clear instructions for using the video conference site. Before any computer interview it is a wise idea to test the video a half hour before the interview.

Video tips

There are several video interview techniques that you should be aware of before doing a video conference. Remember, you are on camera and using a microphone.

It is especially important that you understand every little noise such as cell phones, rustling papers, coughing, sneezing and background noise will be transmitted.

Do not talk over other people. Speak slowly and distinctly. Sentences should be ended in a clear voice. Transmitting may be slightly delayed as you speak.

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