For generations of college seniors, those all-important first job interviews have traditionally followed the same script: Applicants put on their best suits, print out their résumés that highlight their internships and part-time jobs and sit anxiously with their portfolios in an office waiting room.
But one entrepreneur is betting those days will soon be over. Chris Young is the CEO and founder of Async Interview, which facilitates job interviews using video. Young came up with the idea for his business as a result of his own frustrations with the labor- (and travel-) intensive interview process. He sees his company as a solution for both the candidates (who are often still busy juggling classes and homework) and the campus recruiters crisscrossing the country each year — a method for attending interviews without leaving the comfort of home.
Nervous about the prospect of interviewing on camera for your dream job? We asked Young for his suggestions on how to prepare:
Don’t complicate your life: “Use a computer instead of a tablet or smartphone,” Young says. “It will give you better quality, and you won’t have to awkwardly hold anything.”
Top to bottom: Fold those flannel pajama pants, and put them back in the drawer. “Be sure to dress from head to toe, not just from the waist up,” he says. “This is not a no-pants interview; sometimes they may be able to see what you are wearing below the waist.”
Don’t be a silhouette: Were you thinking about sitting in front of that window? Think again. “If you sit in front of a light, the recruiter won’t be able to see your face,” Young says. “You want all of the light in front of you, shining on your face.”
Stick it: “Tape notes to your wall. You can list certain talking points that you’d like to bring up no matter what questions are asked.”
Stay focused: Remember there are no do-overs in interviews. “It’s a simulated environment, and you’re unable to re-record responses,” Young says. “When the interview starts, that’s it. You can’t say, ‘Hold on, let me start over again.’”