Three Tips for Your Video Interview

Category: Career Resources

Congratulations! You’ve just been notified of your acceptance into the first-round interview process. Now it’s time to prepare for the video-conference interview. Here are some “do” tips to help navigate the daunting, sci-fi world of the video conference:

  • Prior to your interview, test, test, and test the software, whether it’s Skype, Zoom, GoToMeeting, or any of the video-conference programs available.
  • Dress for the interview. Remember that you are being viewed by a search committee, so dress appropriately (suit and tie for men, suit or dress for women).
  • Position yourself in an appropriate place. Viewers will see everything around you, so clean your office, kitchen, living or dining room, or wherever you are sitting for the interview.

And please pay attention to the following “don’ts”:

  • Don’t sit for the interview outside, in your car, or near a swimming pool.
  • Don’t sit for the interview in a busy location. You don’t want the distraction of a child or dog walking into the room, or a cat plopping down on your keyboard, while you’re explaining why you’re the best person for the job!

Kendra Dane

Search Associate - Spelman Johnson

Kendra Dane earned her BA from Mundelein College (now part of Loyola University) and her MS from National Louis University. During a career in higher education that spans over 30 years, Kendra has most recently served as assistant dean and director of admissions at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to moving to St. Paul, she served as executive director of admissions and marketing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), as well as the executive director of enrollment services at SAIC. Kendra began her career in higher education at National Louis University in Evanston, Illinois, where she served as an associate vice president for financial aid for many years. Kendra has been active in the Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (ILASFAA), held leadership positions in Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA), and served in a volunteer capacity as a financial aid trainer with the U.S. Department of Education.