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10 tips to prepare for an IT job video interview

Rich Hein | Sept. 25, 2013
Learn what it takes to set up and be ready for your video interview, so you can focus on what's important -- getting the job.

Video interviews, while not new, are becoming an increasingly mainstream option in IT as companies look for ways to shorten the hiring cycle and lower costs.

According to research from the Aberdeen Group, 32 percent of organizations participating in firm's talent acquisition study invested in video interviewing this year, compared to 21 percent in 2012.

More employers, recruiters and hiring managers are turning to this technology because of the time involved in finding the perfect candidate. "Everybody is out of time. Bringing somebody in for a face-to-face interview is time-consuming — not just the interview, all the logistics of synchronizing calendars, getting settled. By comparison, the video interview is easy and flexible. Here in NYC, just clearing the candidate for entrance into the office building requires a few minutes," says Donald Burns, a resume writer, executive career coach and strategist.

Whether you use Skype or another video platform, you need to certain both your video and your interview skills are up to the task. Don't worry, though, has you covered. We've outlined what you need to put yourself at ease and crush that interview.

Different Types of Video Interviews
Asynchronous Interview

Asynchronous interviews, or one-way interviews, offer employers the ability to set up a set a series of questions in advance, either via text or video, then candidates can record responses to the questions at a time of his/her own choosing.

From an employer's perspective, this allows them to screen many more candidates than they would be able to in a traditional way —video or otherwise. They are free to view it on their own schedule and bring the key stakeholders into the loop sooner. It helps to get the hiring managers looking at candidates faster by cutting out a phone interview or two.

That phone interview process can take one to three weeks to set up depending on the availability of the candidate, the recruiter and the hiring manger, according to Chris Young, CEO and founder of AsyncInterview, a Web-based video interviewing platform provider. "It saves on the scheduling hassles that typically take place with those early-round interviews. Many clients use this to replace that phone interview," says Young.

From the candidate's perspective, this allows them to record their interview at the most convenient time and place for them. It also allows the candidates to get feedback and move through the hiring process more quickly. However Burns says, "Sometimes the video 'interview' is totally one-sided. A question appears on the screen, you are given a minute to think about it, then your answer is recorded — ready or not. This method can rattle some people, with no visual or audio cues from the interviewer."


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