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Video Interview Mistakes

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A few of the mistakes job hunters uniquely make when they do video or Skype interviews.


I wanted to talk with you today about a video interview mistakes that I've noticed recently and a few that I remember from the past. This is going to be relatively direct, blunt and cantankerous, but is designed to help you get past the video interview without any the distractions that might cause the hiring manager to not focus in on you.

I'm not going to speak about things that relate the general interviews like not being prepared or not being aware of the job that you are interviewing for. I'm going to focus specifically on video interviewing.

The 1st thing is dressing inappropriately. A T-shirt doesn't work. Being that casual from the waist up doesn't work. Yes, I have my, "COACH" had on today, but this is a different scenario than applying for a job.
If you dress inappropriately, you are making a mistake.

If there is a mess behind you, you are making a mistake.

If you haven't addressed the fact that you have a young child or a pet in the house that might interrupt you, if you haven't done that in an effective way, you are hurting your candidacy.

If you do the interview in a coffee shop… Not a good move. You can't control the backdrop for the noise there.

If you keep too many of the windows open, and cause your system to degrade so that it affects your audio or video, it will affect your performance and how you are received.

If you talk like a New Yorker (much too quickly) and you don't make connection with the person that you are interviewing with because you are just racing to get ideas out, you risk turning people off that way.

If you don't treat it as being as important as an in-person interview, if you don't focus sufficiently on the interviewer, because you’re scattered from so much stuff going on in your day so that you are not able to focus, you are making a mistake.

I want to address a few of these points and if there are others, leave a message and share them. You will help other people.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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