4 Tips For Conducting Video And Phone Interviews

By Kylie Exline on July 10, 2016

When preparing to direct a phone or video interview, there are various aspects that go into it. There should be the obvious questions, both closed and open-ended; the proper, non-distracting surroundings; and the optimism that will carry you on.

Although it is usually apparent that the interviewee will have nerves concerning the potential job or scholarship interview, it is also common for the interviewer to have anxiety as well.

To learn tips about running interviews, read below and do not be afraid to take notes, regardless of your years of experience.

Dress the part.

When in charge in a professional atmosphere, it is imperative that you act as a role model, setting the proper tone. In other words, you should also dress professionally.

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Now, this is clearly intended for video or Skype interviews, given a phone interview will not be depicting your attire. However, it is always proactive if you prepare ahead of time, in case you decide to instead resort to video.

If you are dressed casually interviewing a potential employee, they may deem you as not completely qualified, or that it is a laxer job than they originally perceived. And no one wants a slipshod manager or boss.

Like they say, you should always dress to impress, and your job is to win over a possible member of your company/vocation. So look the part and prepare to smile for the camera.

Prepare questions and answers.

Though obvious, you can never be too prepared with questions for a set interview. This said, you also want to have the proper answers ready to go in case your interviewee has any questions of their own, which they should.

Regardless if this is phone or video, the entire point of an interview consists of Q and A. Welcome to the realm of journalism. These are necessary because it sets the tone, leads the way, and leaves the overall impression at the end of it. Which you certainly want to be a good one.

Most of the interview will be you directing the questions, so be prepared. You want to show your experience and efficiency, as well as portraying what it is that will be expected of the interviewee if hired.

They should likely have some questions of their own, so assemble acceptable answers and provide them with any facts/statistics that will help them in their decision making. It can never hurt to ensure them that you are just as interested in them as they may be in you or your company.

Be in an acceptable environment.

This is vital whether a phone or video interview because a distraction is a distraction. In layman’s terms, you want to be focused on what is at hand. You also want to minimize any potential issues that could arise throughout the interviewing process.

By being in an office or a quiet area, you have less room for error and can once again show your professionalism. The goal is to be where there is less noise, people and interruption.

You want to make sure that there is a decent Wi-Fi signal, too. This especially applies for a video interview because obviously your background will say a lot about how serious you are about the job. And buffering is never intended.

It looks better if you are not solely relying on a piece of paper with written notes, and that you use them as pointers, not as a teleprompter. Show the interviewee that you are readily able to answer their questions and to direct the interview.

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Know your interviewee.

There is nothing worse than being about to interview a potential employee and having no idea about them beforehand. Show your preparation.

You in a way want to study them prior to meeting them, almost like preparing for a verbal test. This means that you should go over their resume or CV a few times, and get a solid grasp on their past experience, work and accomplishments.

Write down or keep in mind if there is anything listed that does not make sense, is not clear, or you want to know more about. Show the interviewee that you are paying attention to their achievements and care about what they will be offering to the business/company. You do not have to feed their ego, but show interest.

Doing the proper research will also help with learning about them, as in checking their references, website and credited sources.

When you are in charge of performing a video or phone interview, there is allotted pressure, but also certain expectation. You want to be prepared of course, know what it is you are looking for in an employee, dress accordingly, and be somewhere that is somewhat professional.

The goal is to conduct a successful interview, which is possible through the assorted tips listed above.

By Kylie Exline

Uloop Writer
Florida State University
Editing, Writing & Media. FSU// Go Noles! Class of 2016.

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