Every week we comb through the news to find employment trends affecting the hospitality industry so you don’t have to. This week’s topic: tips for video interviewing.  

Over the past several weeks, businesses have turned to video interviewing during the coronavirus pandemic. Video communication softwarelike Zoom or Google Hangoutsallows hiring teams to preserve their recruiting process while maintaining health and safety standards. Not only that, but digital interviews show job seekers that businesses are willing to be flexible and are still committed to finding great employees during tough times.  

Video interviewing is a great way to get to know a prospective employer and figure out if the job you’re interested in is the right fit. Because this process may be new to some people, we put together a few tips for successfully conducting a video interview 

Familiarize yourself with the software
When scheduling the interview, the employer should tell you which software they’re using (if not, ask). A few hours before the meeting time, you should ‘get to know’ the software, including how to launch the program, mute/unmuteand hide/display videoConsider checking out troubleshooting or FAQ pages for the software just in case of an issue. By familiarizing yourself, you’ll be ready once your interviewer is.  

Prepare your environment
Ahead of the interview, you should plan out your environment, taking the following into account:  

  • Do I have a neutral background? Try finding something that isn’t too distracting.  
  • Will it be noisy around me? If so, make sure you have a pair of headphones ready or try to find a quiet space. Notify your family members or roommates when you’ll be interviewing so they can save the smoothie-making or exercising for later.  
  • How’s my internet connection? Find out with a free internet speed test 

While you’re thinking about your interviewing space, remember that more people are working from home than ever, and it’s new to a lot of peopleif your children are running around, pets are being loud, or construction’s happening outside, don’t panic – because it could be happening to your interviewer as well. Notify theup front of possible distractions which will help you feel more in control.  

Remember classic interviewing tips
Despite the change in scenery, you should continue to follow normal interview proceduressuch as: dress professionally (from head to toe, not just where the camera can see you), have your resume on hand, ask questions, and send a follow up email. Prospective employers will respect you taking the process seriously.  

With little understanding of what the future looks like, some hiring managers believe that virtual interviewing will become a norm due to health concerns. By becoming comfortable with video conferencingyou’ll be prepared for whatever the hiring process looks like and can land the job you want.