Tips for a Successful Video Interview

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shutterstock_164747141Video interviews are getting more and more popular nowadays. Since companies want to find the best talent, video interview gives them an opportunity to screen the candidates without making them travel. In this way, employers can save money and candidates can save time. Also, candidates have the comfort of making the interview from their homes. As a candidate, if you are not used to video interviews, below are some helpful tips for you to get ready for it.

  • Choose an Appropriate Location: Make sure to interview in an appropriate room where there won’t be any noises and you won’t get distracted. If you have pets at home, keep them in a different room during the interview. A barking dog or a meowing cat noise in the background doesn’t make you look very professional. Also, a plain white wall as a backdrop is ideal for video interviews.
  • Try Your Hardware Before the Interview: Try all of your equipment including your headsets, microphone and internet connection to make sure that they are properly working. Set up your camera so it is focused on your eye level. Verify that your sound is clear. You can test it by making a video call with a friend. Also, confirm that you can hear the other person via your headphones.
  • Dress Accordingly: Some only dress up on top and on the bottom, they wear their pajamas! You have to consider that if you shift on your seat, they can see what you wear on your bottom so dress professionally no matter what.
  • Be Careful When You Share Your Screen: If they ask you to share your screen and perform some tasks, then, close all other chat windows and prevent them to pop up on your screen. Minimize or close all your web browsers. It is not a good idea to use a search engine for help unless they allow you to use it.
  • Watch Your Expressions: If they use a TV screen or a big monitor to conduct the interview, then, your face will seem larger than it normally is. Therefore, your facial expressions will become more important during the interview. Be careful about what your expressions might say to the interviewer. Listen to the other person with your eyes. You can also nod your head once in a while to show that you are listening.


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Yahoo Video Guide Searches and Suggests Movies Across Streaming Services

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Yahoo Video Guide Combines All the Streaming Apps You Own Into One Recommendation Engine

Android/iOS: If you subscribe to a lot of different streaming video services, you know that picking something to watch is complicated. Yahoo Video Guide makes it a lot easier by showing you all the available options for the services you actually use.

When you first open up the app, it’ll scan your phone for streaming video apps (like Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO Go, ABC, Fox, etc), and then build out a list of recommendations for stuff to watch based on the apps you have installed (you can always add in more services manually if you want). From there, you can search for movies and shows based on the featured tab, by genre, directly from the search bar, or by the awkward GIF-powered “Mood Picker.” You can also rule out paying for anything by filtering away rentals or buy options. The recommendations themselves are a bit generic and aren’t based on your viewing habits, but it essentially makes it so you can browse all the video options on every service at once, which is awesome when you’re in the mood for a particular genre.

Once you pick something to watch, tap the play button and it’ll automatically open in the video app it’s available on. This is a much better option than apps we’ve seen before and should make hunting for something to watch between multiple services a lot easier.

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Yahoo Video Guide (Free) | Google Play
Yahoo Video Guide (Free) | iTunes App Store

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