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Job interviews via videoconferencing

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Videoconferencing has become a business standard in many job interviews, especially in the UAE where candidates may be recruited worldwide. New technology has made it easier than ever to connect with people. It is, thus, important for individuals to understand videoconference practices and etiquette.

Prior to the interview, make sure to email any material the interviewer needs in advance. This would include your CV and anything else you want to discuss during the interview. Ensure to ask for assistance prior to the interview if you are not sure how to use the videoconference facility. Be conscious of your space. Use natural light from windows, or turn on the overhead light to brighten up the conference. Your surroundings should be appropriate with minimal clutter so as not to distract the interviewer. The camera should be centered, framing your head, shoulders and some of your torso. It is also important to be punctual. If the interview is at an office, then arrive early to situate yourself.

During the videoconference, focus entirely on the call. Some individuals make the mistake of checking incoming emails while connected. It is important to look at the camera rather than yourself as it is easy for individuals on the receiving end to tell you are not focused.

In terms of content and discussion points, videoconferencing should be no different from a traditional face-to-face interview. Candidates are screened in exactly the same way. Questions should be answered in a clear manner. Microphones are quite sensitive and pick up subtle noise, so avoid tapping your pen or shuffling papers.

Videoconferencing is becoming a common part of the recruitment process due to global connectivity, low financial implications and time savings. Having the technical skills to set up a video and feeling comfortable while “on camera” are extremely useful in today’s world. Make sure to check the rules and regulations on videoconferencing according to your region or professional association.

Handy Hints
• Prepare for video interview by checking firm’s reports, website
• Focus on the call; look at the camera throughout the interview
• Make sure you pick a place with minimal clutter, good lighting

Source: Nicola Turner, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Organization Psychologist, HRI&C