If you have never done one before a video interview can feel slightly peculiar, some people feel it’s not as easy to build a rapport with the interviewer. However, there are a number of things you can do to get the best out of a video interview and to help put you at ease and get you ready.
Video interviews are more than likely here to stay, possibly less so for second or third stage interviews, but they will remain a big part of a lot of recruitment processes. So in this article we discuss tips that will help you prepare and get the best out of your video interview…
Where will you sit?
Pick a place where you won’t be interrupted, it’s quiet and your backdrop is simple. You want to make sure you are the focal point and not something in the background, so you have the interviewers full attention. Another important thing to consider is do you have a strong wi-fi connection where you will be sitting? The last thing you want during your interview is for the connection to cut out or for the connection to be weak throughout the interview making the video stutter.
Depending on what software you will be using it may be a good idea just to do a run through, just to make sure you’re comfortable with using it. You want to try and avoid the “can you hear me?” situation at the beginning of your interview, it’s just not a good way to start.
If it is a new software that you don't have access to, so you will need to download, make sure you download well ahead of the interview and not minutes before, as this will more than likely make you late for the interview... being on time is still as important as it is if it was a face to face interview.
Notes at the ready
Like any interview… do your research. So if you have a number of questions you want to ask or just some notes about the company you are interviewing for, write them down and have them next to you during your interview. Be mindful though not to over use your notes, as you don’t want to be seen looking down at your note pad constantly during your interview.
Dress for the occasion
Just because you’re not sitting opposite the person in the same room doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress professionally. Think smart casual and remember to dress head to toe!
Close all other applications
The last thing you want when you are trying to focus is a load of notifications coming through via email. Plus it’s annoying for the other people on the call. Close all other programmes and just have the video conference tool open, you can catch up with your emails and other things after… just focus on nailing your interview!
Your Body language
Be relaxed, not slumped and make sure you look at the camera not the screen for the majority of the interview. It’s the only way you can make virtual eye contact with the interviewer.
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