Interviews have moved from the traditional meeting rooms to the small window on a phone, tablet or laptop. Video interviews are gaining more popularity these days as it is a much more convenient option for both sides.
This virtual interaction is better than a phone conversation too. It gives the employer a quick glimpse of who you are and you get to give your interview in the comfort of your own home, without spending time and money travelling. If you focus your camera right, you can even get through the interview wearing your pyjamas.
All you need is confidence, and more importantly, the right tech to make sure the interview goes glitch-free. Here are five important tech checks you need to follow before your interview.
Test your net speed
Video chat requires a high-speed internet connection. The free Wi-Fi at the coffee shop is just not going to get you through. When you pick a spot for your interview, whether at home or outside, check the internet speed by running a free speed test at speedtest.net. A clear and high-definition video call needs an upload and download speed of at least 1.2 megabits per second. If there are more people on the call, you’ll need higher speed.
Use a good set of headphones
The lags and blips during a video call can create an echo, delay or other sound disruptions. You can minimise the effect on the sound quality by using a good set of headphones during your video interview. Your interviewer might forgive you for the bad video quality but if they can’t understand what you’re saying, your whole interview can get ruined.
Keep a charger at hand
Video chats can drain your battery extensively. If you have an interview scheduled, firstly make sure the laptop or tablet you’re using in charged completely. Also, make sure to keep a charger close by or even plugged in so that you don’t run out of power in between.
Download any necessary tech
Whether you’ll be using Google Hangout or Skype, check if you’re using the updated app and have all the required plugins before you answer the big call. If you have to use a video platform that you are not familiar with, spend some time understanding how to use it for calls and to share documents, if the need arises.
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Run a test call
After you’ve gone through all the above-mentioned tips, do a test run to see if everything works correctly. Set everything up for your interview and then call a friend or family member to test your sound, net speed and the setup in general.
Also, make sure the phone, tablet or laptop you use for your video interview is well-updated and has a good camera.
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