As a traveling nurse, the majority of your interviews are going to be over video chat. Modern technology is allowing more companies to use video conferencing to carry out initial and sometimes final interviews of prospective candidates. While interviewing over video conferencing is similar to a face-to-face, you’ll want to prepare for some of the unique facets of interviewing in front of a camera.
Unlike walking into an interview, you’re not going to be able to hand paperwork to your prospective employer. While you do not have to rely on the mail and can send nearly everything digitally, you’ll want to send your paperwork, resume and any additional information at least two days ahead of time to give your interviewer time to go over the documents and print out anything they like to have in hand.
The last thing you want to have happen during an interview is technical difficulties. Make sure your internet connection is stable, and the program you’re using is working, your microphone and webcam are hooked up appropriately, and the sound settings allow you to hear your interviewers’ questions. Test this out with a friend, including a few practice interview questions. You might find that speaking over a camera changes your speech pattern or the volume of your voice. It’s important to do a test run with someone other than the person responsible for hiring you!
While you have your webcam on with your friends, be sure your face is well illuminated, and there are no shadows in the area. Lighting can make your face shiny, so you might consider powdering it lightly, even if you’re a man. Frame yourself from the waist up, while considering what the person on the other end of the video is seeing from your surroundings. The room should be neat and decluttered. You do not want anything to divert the attention of your interviewer, and you don’t want to be distracted, so move all your junk away from your desk. Remember to set up your computer and camera for the interview in an area where you can speak freely and don’t feel uncomfortable if you’re overheard by someone else.
Although you’re at home, remember the interviewer can see you through the camera. It’s important to dress in a professional manner, not only for the interviewer but also because it changes your confidence level. When you dress for the part you hope to achieve you convey a good impression to the interviewer and boost your confidence at the same time. Remember, you’re on camera, so it’s best to avoid bright colors, distracting patterns, and white clothing, all of which some cameras have trouble focusing on.
Just as you would arrive early for a face-to-face interview, it’s important to log in at least 10 minutes earlier than the time to interview, so you are calm and centered when the interviewer arrives. Come prepared to answer some of the common interview questions and maintain good eye contact and body language while you’re speaking with the interviewer. Sit back from the camera so that looking at the screen allows you to see the interviewer and makes it appear as if you’re making good eye contact.
Remember to sit up straight with your feet on the floor and your arms resting on your lap as you would in a face-to-face interview. It is good to add gestures, but be careful to keep your hand movements within the video frame and remember hand gestures on video may not translate the same way as they would in person. And remember to smile! This tells the interviewer that you’re confident, done your preparation and are engaged in the conversation.
At Amare Medical Staffing, we are excited to help you prepare for your next video interview and walk you through the process of getting your next job. Our professional recruiters are experts in the field. Contact us today and let’s get started working together!