How Can I Better Prepare For An Upcoming Video Interview As A Senior Adult 50+?
March 7, 2022
by Michael Yublosky
Congratulations on landing the upcoming interview you worked so hard to get. How to prepare for the interview is the essence of yesterday’s article on LinkedIn by Bob McIntosh. All older workers should heed the advice he has assembled from five top recruiters, which includes.
- Preparing for video interviews
- Understanding how to answer the questions that will be asked
- Thinking of intelligent questions to ask the interviewers
- Knowing how to answer the salary questions
- Following up with your recruiter
There is so much ‘meat’ within Bob’s article, that I will simply review most of the suggestions within the first topic. I leave the remainder for you to read yourself or for follow up articles.
Senior adults 50+ seeking to return to work either on a part or full-time basis should pay close attention. You need to be familiar with all of the technical ramifications of the video interviewing process to avoid potential pitfalls.
There is much sound advice about preparing for video interviews. It includes practicing, confirming your appointment in writing, finding out the expected duration, to whom you will be speaking and the digital platform you will be using.
The advice goes so far as to strongly suggest that you practice on the digital platform if you are able to. Navigation and features can vary widely from what you may be accustomed to.
Try to research everyone (if there is a panel) who will be in attendance if you can. Make sure you get enough rest the night before. The article’s extended advice on having a beverage close by is something to take note of.
In addition to soothing your throat from excessive talking McIntosh writes: “…pausing to take a sip can be a good way to stall for a few seconds and gather your thoughts when uncertain how to frame your response to an interviewer’s question.”
Check the lighting and pay attention to any back lighting problems. Make sure you properly illuminate your face. I frequently see these distractions on many video calls.
Make sure you are in a quiet environment without interruption. Warn your spouse or partner and children. Make sure pets are kept out of the area. Select job suitable clothing and make sure it blends in with the background.
WiFi can be unreliable at times. Try to access via Ethernet if possible using a reliable desktop or laptop with a good video camera and microphone. A small investment in these accessories can pay future dividends.
Address each person if you are interviewed by a panel, which is often the case. Also pay attention to your body language and focus. Look into the camera and avoid fidgeting and moving in your chair.
I recently ‘coached’ someone on these habits he displayed during a practice session. He relayed that he did extremely well during the interview and avoided lapsing.
A final remark was that “it is generally considered good etiquette to send a thank you..” note following the interview.
Read the entire article at “Sage Interviewing Advice from 5 Recruiters.”
If you haven’t done so already, please get started as a senior adult job seeker and upload your resume.