9 Secrets of Good Online Video Interviews

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Himanshugupta
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thanks for the suggestions
Himanshugupta   6/27/2014 8:48:26 AM
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These are simple but effective suggestions for web interview. The web interviews are getting popular even for the news channels and cable network as they need not invite the people over to the studio and get bites cheaper and "on-camera".

Hospice_Houngbo
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Re: thanks for the suggestions
Hospice_Houngbo   6/27/2014 12:07:21 PM
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@Himanshugupta... You are right, web interviews are becoming more practical as they don't require much investment.

Hailey Lynne McKeefry
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Re: thanks for the suggestions
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   6/27/2014 7:39:00 PM
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The technical tips were most helpful....like i know light is important but not how to do it right. Thanks!

nimantha.d
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Re: thanks for the suggestions
nimantha.d   6/29/2014 1:55:38 AM
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I really didn't pay attention to the background until now. Whenever I was using this, most of the time my camera had a window in the background and I'm sure that might have been a distraction to the other party. Thanks for the tips. Much appreciated.

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Re: thanks for the suggestions
anandvy   6/29/2014 4:55:51 PM
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Whenever I was using this, most of the time my camera had a window in the background and I'm sure that might have been a distraction to the other party.


@nimantha.d, I agree with you. Having a window in the background distracts the other party. Its always better to cover the windows and use artificial light to improve the brightness so that the other party can see your face properly.


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Re: thanks for the suggestions
anandvy   6/29/2014 5:15:35 PM
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web interviews are becoming more practical as they don't require much investment.

@Hospice_Houngbo, I agree with you. More and more interviewers are using tools like Skype to conduct web interviews. The advantage of video interview is that interviews can see the body language of the candidate and can measure his confidence levels.


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funny side of this
FLYINGSCOT   6/27/2014 12:09:07 PM
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What about cutting out a cardboard mask of Geroge Clooney and waering that for the interview too?

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Mark Shapiro   6/27/2014 12:15:25 PM
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Actually humor is always good to use on web interviews. However, as we all know. humor is tricky. What you and I find funny, others may find sinister. IE - George Clooney discussing embedded networking technologies.

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Eldredge   6/28/2014 11:13:13 AM
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@Mark - For me, that does provide a sinister picture in my head!

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Calling all videophiles
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   6/27/2014 7:38:08 PM
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Video is certainly getting more important and more useful. I wanted to point out that our system here at EBN supports video comments...so feel free to weigh in on vidoe. Just click on teh VIDEO COMMENT Box above the comment posting box.

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nimantha.d   6/29/2014 1:59:40 AM
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When video commenting I highly doubt that everyone here will go through the trouble of readjusting their cameras and minding about the lighting of the room. They will simply turn on the camera and say whatever they have to say. When there are a lot of video comments, people barely pay attention to every single content on every single video.

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Good suggestions!
_hm   6/27/2014 9:26:55 PM
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I also like to add, ask your wife and kids to go away from room or if possible from home for that few hours.

Sometime they make some crazy noise and sometime come just close to you. Also keep your other phones disconnected or in silent mode.

Also be sure of EST, CT and PST timings. Else EST people catch PST guy in quite early in the morning.

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Re: Good suggestions!
Mark Shapiro   6/28/2014 10:01:11 AM
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Yes absolutely. Having to pause in the middle of your video interview to answer a question from your kids or to yell at the dog to stop barking is probably not the best way to conduct a video interview.

I did have one interview interrupted by an earthquake, Another that lost power during a lightning storm. 

This makes the note re pausing between questions even more important.

The pause allows whomever is conducting the interview to go in after and EASILY edit out the bad section of the video interview.

FYI - Using a cutaway to a chart, graphic or product picture is a great way to cover up the visual jump when a section is edited out.

FYI2 - I just discovered a French company that specializes in editing together video interviews from the footage you shot. You upload your raw video, images and 99 euros and they edit it together for you. The cool thing is that they use people - not automated algorithms. 

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Re: Good suggestions!
Hospice_Houngbo   6/28/2014 9:37:03 PM
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If the web interview is live, editing it might not be possible. The best way to succeed a web interview is to plan in advance and make sure that you avoid any potential distraction that may hinder the interview.

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Re: Good suggestions!
nimantha.d   6/29/2014 1:48:13 AM
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I agree. Sometimes they might not record it and would want the video conference be presented in the way it was originally recorded. What is your idea about video interviews using a tablet device like an ipad?

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Re: Good suggestions!
anandvy   6/29/2014 5:04:45 PM
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The best way to succeed a web interview is to plan in advance and make sure that you avoid any potential distraction that may hinder the interview.


@Hospice_Houngbo, I totally agree with you. I think its always better to keep one more system ready because sometimes system gets stuck. Its always better to be near to the modem if we are using wireless modem so that we don't encounter lag.


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Re: Good suggestions!
nimantha.d   6/29/2014 1:51:44 AM
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In Sri Lanka, since it is a small country and most of our tech businesses are based in Colombo, they always ask people to be physically present in the office for the interview. It is only when you apply for a foreign company that you have to conduct video interviews. The problem is, we don't have stable electricity supply and the electricity can suddenly go off without no warning whatsoever.

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Re: Good suggestions!
anandvy   6/29/2014 4:58:55 PM
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The problem is, we don't have stable electricity supply and the electricity can suddenly go off without no warning whatsoever.


@nimantha.d, I think its always better to use laptops instead of desktops because even if the power goes you will have backup. I use small batter backup to power my wireless modem which helps me to keep the Internet connection even if there is no power supply.


nimantha.d
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Re: Good suggestions!
nimantha.d   6/29/2014 1:53:21 AM
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These are very helpful tips as well. I myself has missed a lot of things (nothing of which are actually important) because I confuse the time sometimes. Especially tennis matches and baseball matches.

anandvy
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Re: Good suggestions!
anandvy   6/29/2014 5:10:55 PM
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Also be sure of EST, CT and PST timings. Else EST people catch PST guy in quite early in the morning.

@_hm, good point. We should also not forget to check if day light saving is applied or not. Sometimes because of day light saving confusion we miss reading the exact time.


 

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TaimoorZ   6/29/2014 4:38:33 PM
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For me, the biggest struggle during a video interview has always been the internet connection. The lags in voice during the interview can make it really frustrating for the interviewer. To avoid that, I try to have a very high speed link and avoid using wireless connectivity. Wired LAN often works better and has lower lags.

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Re: Internet Connection
anandvy   6/29/2014 4:52:34 PM
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For me, the biggest struggle during a video interview has always been the internet connection.

@TaimoorZ, I think its always better to watch the video in low resolution mode if internet connection is very slow. Some times i let the complete video download and then watch the video.




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