It is true that most interviewers like to conduct their interviews in-person. However, there are some situations in which a one-on-one interview is not feasible due to the distance between the interviewer and the applicant and/or due to the time constraints that are involved. These situations can be a major problem for both the interviewers and the applicants, but there are several ways that an interviewer can interview an applicant when the applicant isn't actually in the same room. One of the methods that interviewers use to interview individuals without a face-to-face meeting is the video interview. A video interview is an interview in which the interviewer can see the job applicant, typically via a webcam, even though the applicant and the interviewer are actually in two completely different locations. This type of interview allows an interviewer to observe an applicant's body language and the applicant's answers without the interviewer and the applicant ever stepping foot in the same room.
These interviews are very similar to the traditional employer job interviews that most individuals are familiar with, but there are a few key things that you should keep in mind. First, you may be asked to answer a series of questions via a webcam from your home. If this is the case, it is important to make sure that you are in a professional-looking area that is well-lit before you begin the interview. This is important because the interviewer will be able to see the dirty dishes, the posters, the stuffed animals and all of the other assorted items that are behind you so you must make sure that you look professional and that the area in the background looks professional as well. It is also important to make sure that the room is well-lit because the interviewer may not be able to see you if the room is too dark.
Secondly, try to treat the video interview as if it was a traditional interview with the webcam as the interviewer's eyes. This is important because the interviewer wants to see your face and he or she won't be able to see your face if you are not looking at the camera. Finally, it is always a good idea to listen to and/or read the instructions for the webcam and the video interview very carefully. This is important because every webcam and every interview is slightly different so you must understand how the interview and the equipment works.
Last Updated: 05/23/2014