Planning for Your First Interview via Video Conferencing

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Video conferencing is on a fast track to becoming the preferred method for interviewing potential new hires. Businesses cite advantages like lower costs, wider geographical access to candidates, and an overall faster hiring process.

If you're about to conduct your first video conferencing interview, some advance preparations are in order. Here's what others have learned from their experiences.

1. Double-check and then test.

Technical difficulties can derail an otherwise productive video conferencing session. To avoid losing valuable time and giving the appearance of unpreparedness, plan to work with your IT team for an audio and video check well in advance of your scheduled interview.

2. Check the room.

Distractions in and near your planned location can cause problems. Conduct your interview in a professionally furnished room with minimal distractions, including office clutter, sounds from the street or hallways, and distracting wall art.

3. Turn off your phone.

Coordinating with a potential new employee for a video conferencing session requires days or even weeks of careful planning. Don't waste your time or theirs by taking a quick call or responding to a text during the interview. Let those most likely to contact you know that you're conducting an interview and you'll get back to them as soon as possible.

4. Dress professionally.

Approach your video conferencing session the same way you would an in-person interview by dressing professionally. Avoid distracting prints, loud colors, or leisure wear that could send the wrong message.

5. Conduct a test interview.

Even if you've conducted interviews for years, video conferencing will feel entirely different. To alleviate any potential nervousness or uncertainty, ask a co-worker to stand-in as the interviewee during a test run.

If you're ready to save money and improve productivity, contact American Business Equipment for a demonstration of our video conferencing solutions today!