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02/26/09
Video Interviewing. 2. Practicing under pressure
Filed under: Interviewing, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 8:34 pm

Earlier posts 1  2   mentioned virtual video
interviewing as being available to ACS members.

First use is with PCs in Salt Lake City.
The first trial use with a member
Equipment:  Mac
Apparel:     Dark, solid top
Comment:   no jewelry, professional

Is it hard for you to look at your own self on a
video and be objective?  It is for me.
It is good practice however to work with a
consultant on video interviews for an objective
critique that recognizes the limitations of the process.

A few suggestions
Webcam and eyes. 
    Position webcam at or above eye level
    When responding look at the cam lens
rather than at other places

Lighting
     Be aware of glare from glasses
     Use a full lit foreground, background and
diffused lighting on yourself
      It is possible to over-expose.

Background and isolation
      Have a simple solid color background
      Study the background to include only
things you wish present, make symmetrical
       Have no activity going on behind you.
       Do a sound check to ensure fidelity

What to wear
       Treat it like you will be seen by your
family
       Wear solid color shirt/blouse, comfortable
yet professional
       Busy patterns or striped don’t do well

Actions
       Smile and look at the camera
       Pause 2-3 seconds, begin speaking a little
louder at the beginning and with good
enunciation
       Have an idea of what you want to say
before you begin
       Verbal hang-ups like yes, um, like, etc.
are very obvious and need to be managed.

One Response to “Video Interviewing. 2. Practicing under pressure”

  1. site admin Says:


    L. Formacelli had some neat comments to
    improve interview results. Related to virtual
    video interviewing,

    There is a time delay when things come up
    between one thing and another. It seems to
    be different with each software package.
    Recognize this smile and delay before
    responding. She offers one might say up
    front, “I am aware there might be a time
    lag, so I will wait a moment before responding.”

    Go to the interview location ahead of time
    to understand where you will look and
    how it looks on camera. You want to
    appear to be looking at the person who
    is viewing the v.v.interview.

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