How Video Sharing Can Help You Hone Your Interviewing Skills
My comfort with job interviews slowly changed over the course of several years in my career. At a certain point, I understood that I had to overcome my fear of interview failure. I developed my interviewing skills and got selected for jobs despite a competitive talent pool. This wasn’t a shift that happened overnight. I attended self-help seminars, read numerous books, talked to people, and participated in group discussions and seminars. After experimenting with a lot of things, I finally found an effective solution to master the interview process. It was neither a particularly novel discovery nor a silver bullet. The solution that ultimately worked for me was extensive practice, which allowed me to gain proficiency addressing the topics that came up in my job interviews.
There are several things one should incorporate in their preparation for job interviews. Some of them are:
- Practice answering effectively through repetition
- Practice in front of a mirror to develop self-awareness
- Participation in mock interviews to gain experience
- Presentations of the subject matter to gain authority over subject
- Participation in discussions with peers and mentors
Colaberry created a simple technology platform (www.colaberry.com) that allows trainees to record videos where they answer various questions on a daily basis. Trainees can record the videos using their computers or mobile phones and post them directly on our server. We created a system that encouraged other trainees to watch the videos, rate them, and provide feedback. The results we saw greatly exceeded our expectations. Trainees were able to learn how to communicate effectively, collaborate with other team members, give critical feedback to others, and most importantly, gain the confidence that is essential for success in interviews.
I am providing some pictures to illustrate the journey of one trainee who went through this process to develop a winning interview style.
1st video: You can see that the trainee has a nervous smile and not so sure about how to answer the question. The feedback provided encourages him to talk with more seriousness.
2nd video: In response to the previous feedback, the trainee became completely serious in the presentation. Our feedback encouraged him to use clearer examples during presentation.
7th video: The trainee became very comfortable with presentation and professional in attire. He doesn’t need much critical feedback anymore as he has already begun to hone his communication style.
15th video: The trainee is highly confident, articulate and professional. He is ready to take on the world and succeed in interviews that he comes across.
Here is a picture that illustrates his journey over a period of time:
Based on data collected over a period of two years, we can say that it takes an average of ten video recordings to hone one’s ability to communicate about new topics. It takes an average of twenty-five video recordings to gain enough mastery over subject matter to convince a hiring manager about one's capability to perform in a job. As technology is ubiquitous today, with every cell phone and a computer including a camera, I encourage anybody who is preparing for an interview to record videos regularly and solicit peer feedback in order to pave their way to a job offer.
Ram Dhan Yadav Katamaraja, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Colaberry, a platform that provides career pathways to folks from underserved communities training, mentoring, and job placement.
The GradsofLifeVoice Forbes team provides thought leadership, research and expert commentary on innovative talent pipelines and related issues such as the skills gap, income inequality, workforce diversity, and the business case for employment pathways. We seek to change employers’ perceptions of young adults with atypical resumes from social liabilities to economic assets. This post was originally featured here.
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