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Still Flying People in for Interviews?
September 30, 2008 @ 06:00 AM | By Brian Trampler & Sara O'Rourke

Sept30videointerviewAfter last month’s blog, you should be ready to continue your video experience.  You know how to look great, save money, and be on the cutting edge.  So now that you’ve jumped in and love it, how else can you use video conferencing?

The video interview – HR’s saving grace.

You just got word that the travel budget has been slashed, or that the company wants to save on expenses, so flying that next prospect in for a face to face interview is out of the question.  But how else can you get a real sense of this potential new hire?  Here are a few suggestions for making the most of your video conference interview. 

If you are doing the interviewing

  • Remember some of the tips from last month on how to look great and sound great?  Keep those same things in mind while you do your interview. 
  • Look out for the same things you would in a face to face – clear speech and confidence in answers.
  • More importantly in video conferencing, make sure your candidate has good eye contact when responding to questions, and watch their posture as well.
  • Many people will be using video conferencing equipment for the first time. So you may want to ask about their experience with the technology. Did they take the time to learn a bit about it? 

If you are being interviewed

  • If you are the one being interviewed, remember that many of the video conferencing rules are similar to those you would follow in person.  Here are a few tips for you:
  • Remember some of the tips from last month on how to look great and sound great?  Keep those same things in mind while you do your interview. 
  • Most new video conference systems have 2 flat screens with one giving you a view of yourself and the other showing the other room – but don’t stare at yourself to see how you look!  Try not to look at  the screen or it will appear as though you are looking at yourself and not making eye contact.
  • Don’t fidget in your chair while listening; Body language is very “readable” via video conferencing.
  • Remember that even though the interviewer isn’t physically in the room, but they can see every expression - even that grimace on your face. 

If you have questions or suggestions about using video conferencing for interviews, let's talk about them in the comments section below!

Brian_2 Brian Trampler is the Sr. Product Manager of Strategic Video Solutions & the "Video Conferencing" blogger. Throughout his 10 years in the conferencing industry, he has successfully launched numerous web, streaming, and video services.  Prior to making the jump to conferencing, Brian was involved in gymnastics both as a competitor and coach.  If you’re lucky, you might also find Brian performing musical theatre throughout the Denver metro area.

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