Tips for Video Interviewing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Video Interview Tips Security

People worldwide are encouraged to stay at home to stop the spread of Coronavirus, and many companies are temporarily closed. However, there are several essential businesses that are still operating and companies that are closed may be holding job interviews to fill positions that will be needed when the virus has passed.

While video interviews have been a popular medium for communication before, it is an even more prevalent form of interviewing during the pandemic. Interviewing over camera is different than a phone call and even a true in-person encounter. We have gathered some tips on interviewing through video and what you should do to ensure your connection is secure.

How to Act When Interviewing Through Video

Before even beginning the interview, it is imperative to find a quiet place where you will not have any noisy distractions. The environment on your side of the screen will be the first impression you make to your potential employer. That’s why it is best to have a blank wall or an area where the employer will not be able to see people walking behind you. After you find a quiet and professional environment, here are some interview tips to follow:

  • Ensure you have a stable internet connection
  • Check that your microphone and camera on your device are working properly
  • Dress professionally, even on your bottom half, to get in the mindset of an interview
  • Make eye contact with the interviewer by focusing on the webcam instead of the screen
  • Have a notepad to take notes during the interview
  • Silence your phone

If something goes wrong during the interview, do not panic. Simply apologize to the interviewer and either remove the distraction or fix the connection. Generally, a recruiter will understand that technology isn’t perfect and an entire family being home together full time is difficult for everyone to navigate.

Security Measures Through Video

There are a variety of software programs available for video interviewing, and each company will have its own preference. Some platforms may have their own security issues such as Zoom. The platform was accused of showing participant’s LinkedIn profiles to the group creators, breaching the privacy of those in the meeting. In addition, hackers were joining the meeting uninvited and producing crude photos or shouting obscenities.

When you plan to conduct a video interview, make sure the connection is secure for both parties. Before choosing a video platform, read over each provider’s privacy policy so you know what data is being collected during the call and after. To join a conference or interview, the members will have to click on a link that is sent to their email address. Make sure that you trust the source of the email and before clicking on the link, call the recruiter or email sender to make sure it came from a trusted source.

Cyber Safety in All Mediums

Video interviewing is only one of the technological mediums that will see increased usage during the pandemic. People are utilizing technology to continue working, keep themselves entertained while staying indoors, and stay connected to loved ones. SecureData understands that these are unprecedented times and everyone is trying to figure out this new normal together.

That’s why we are available for data recovery on a device that has broken or experienced wear and tear. We also have a line of hardware encrypted storage devices to protect your data while working from home. To learn more about our products and services that can help during the pandemic and after, call 1-800-388-1266.