7 Video Job Interview Tips

The pandemic prompted a change in all types of procedures, including the way interviews were conducted. Most libraries, if/when they did hire during the pandemic, moved to online platforms such as Zoom to conduct interviews. Employers discovered that this method of interviewing became an efficient and effective way for employers and candidates to connect remotely. In addition, employers realized one huge benefit. Employers were able to reduce hiring costs (i.e., no expenses to bring in candidates or committees, no meal functions, etc.). The huge cost savings has inspired employers to fully embrace the concept of online interviewing. 

The pandemic is officially over. What happens to the interviewing process now? Many believe that employers will continue to utilize online interviewing going forward. Where does this leave candidates? Will they be required to do all interviews virtually? How can they connect with interviewers if they cannot be in the same physical space? Will there be a new way to prepare for virtual interviews? This article suggests that video job interviews require meticulous preparation and savvy execution. It offers tips to help candidates prepare to be at their best during virtual interviews. 

We know that COVID-19 modified long-standing practices (i.e., in-person interviews, shaking hands when meeting interviewers, meals with interview committees, etc.). How much of what we were accustomed to has changed? Will anything go back to the way it was before the pandemic hit? If you plan to attend the ALA Annual Conference this month in Chicago, you may be interested in attending the Interviewing Etiquette in the Post-COVID Era session on Saturday, June 24, 2023, 11:00am – 12:00pm. Hosted by the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center, this informal discussion will help guide you through the new rules of interviewing in a post-COVID world. Attend this session for answers to your questions about what is expected and accepted during these new times of job seeking and interviewing.

Note: If you would like to get in some real face-to-face interviewing, stop by the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center, in McCormick Place West – Level 3 – Halls F1 & F2, during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Take a look at the Recruiters at Conference page to see the list of employers who will be in the Center.

All events/activities are free to job seekers. No registration is required to attend activities in the Center. For more information, visit the Center’s website