Video interview but only the interviewee's video is on?


Has anyone experienced this:

HR schedules an interview for you to interview with the hiring manager and the invitation very clearly states the VIDEO interview. You get ready for your interview and make sure you look presentable and your webcam works...and then when you join the video meeting - The interviewers leave their video off so you're the only one with your video on??? This has happened to me twice now and I always feel so awkward! What are you supposed to do in this situation? It seems unfair to make the candidate turn their video on if you're going to leave yours off. Should I just join the meeting with my video off and wait to see if the interviewers turn theirs on?


I'd do exactly the same thing I do in every other meeting I take where I'm the only one with my video on leave my camera on. I can't control what other people are doing, and there are plenty of good reasons people can't always have their cameras on when working at home, but I can do everything in my power to remove as much friction from the meeting as it is in my personal power to remove.

I also highly recommend the "play dumb" approach. "Huh, I think I have everything working here but I'm not seeing anybody. Is that a problem at my end?"

If it's an honest mistake (lots of people switch their video off and on routinely and may have honestly forgotten) they can fix it. If it was done on purpose, they may feel bad about it. And if it was done on purpose and they don't feel bad, you're right back where you started.

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