Wow Recruiters in Your Digital Interview
December 8, 2015 | Express Scripts
You’ve watched videos on YouTube, you FaceTime with your family and now you can get screen time with Express Scripts recruiters. The power of video communication allows our recruiters and hiring teams to remotely screen, interview, and connect with talent. I want to help you, the modern job seeker, make your digital presence as polished and professional as you are in person.
At Express Scripts we conduct two different kinds of video interviews; on-demand and live. The on-demand interview prompts a candidate with questions and records their responses. This gives candidates a consistent interview experience and us the ability to share the recording with hiring managers. The on-demand format is often used for internships and many of our patient service roles. The live interview is a real-time digital interview that functions like a two-way video chat. This can speed up the process and reduce visits to our office.
A digital interview presents the typical challenges of making a great first impression in person—plus some unique challenges. There’s a lot you can do to make sure you are putting your best face forward. These six tips should help you conquer any camera shy nerves so you can wow the recruiter virtually.
1. Make sure you can be seen – Face the light or make sure there is adequate overhead lighting; light coming from behind you will cast a shadow over your face. Hollywood style lighting isn’t necessary, but good lighting is essential to ensuring the recruiter to actually see you.
2. Hide your knick-knacks – Create a “video studio” for yourself by clearing the area of distractions. A clean, simple backdrop not only looks professional, it ensures the interviewer focuses on you. Say goodbye to the Starbucks cup on your desk and the diploma on the wall. You want to be the center of attention in this interview, not your decorations.
3. Find the right place to look – Look directly into the camera and resist the urge to look at yourself on the screen. Looking at the camera will give the illusion that you are making eye contact with the interviewer. Try testing out the webcam you’ll use for the interview with friends or family beforehand to practice maintaining eye contact throughout conversation.
4. Dress to impress – A video interview demands the same attire that you would wear if you were interviewing on in person. You may feel more relaxed because you are interviewing from home, but that doesn’t mean you should wear your pajamas.
5. Let your posture do the talking – Subtly mirror positive in-person body language like leaning forward toward the camera, nodding and smiling. Even if you’re not sitting across a table from your interviewer, you can create a connection with them through your body language.
6. Log in early and practice – Before your scheduled interview, log in and run a system set up. This will check your camera, connection and microphone and help you avoid any technical difficulties during your interview.
Guest Blogger, Elise Jones, is the Director of Talent Acquisition leading the Operations & Contingent Workforce teams.« Accredo Gives a Blue Lip Kiss| Meet the Team – Kevin Candler »