The popularity for video interviews has steadily increased over the years as technology has improved. Given the difficult circumstances that Covid-19 has caused, they have become even more commonplace.
Video interviews can be nerve-wracking to say the least! Ensuring everything runs smoothly can seem stressful. Keep reading to learn the top tips on how to succeed in video interviews.
Ensure you use a quiet, clean room with good lighting, and that you are sitting at a desk and can be seen clearly
Avoid high traffic areas such as cafes and restaurants
Check to make sure that the camera has you centred in the frame, from your chest up, with room above your head
Avoid anything that can cause interruptions such as phones ringing, background noise, or areas busy with people
Know what programme they are using to conduct the interview
Make sure you have the software downloaded correctly and that you have created your account, if necessary
Test it before the call to make sure you know how to use it and that everything is working correctly.
Make sure you have a strong internet connection, as a bad connection might make it difficult to see or hear you properly and can also cause the call to fail
Usually it's not an issue if you can call them back right away, however, it’s better if you can keep this from happening.
Make sure your camera is working correctly so they can see you while you are doing your interview
Check your speakers, too, as you want to be able to hear the questions being asked
Ensure your microphone is working by calling someone prior to the interview to test it
Where possible use a computer or laptop, you want to be able to see each other
Tablets and phones are not the most suitable device to do an interview on as they can fall over, or you may get an incoming call while on the interview
The rules that apply to a face-to-face interview also apply to a video interview
You should wear business attire that is clean and fits you well
Ensure your hair is neat and tidy and your face is clean with minimal makeup if you choose to wear it
Prepare like you would for a face to face interview.
Practice competency-based questions, motivational questions, and research the company beforehand
Have a notebook and pen beside you to take down any notes you may need from the panel
For more information, please read our Top 10 Interview Tips article
Don’t have any tabs open that you don’t need for the call
Close any messengers to ensure you give your full attention to the interview
Speak and act like you would when having a face to face interview
Nod your head, smile and make eye contact to show you are engaged, listening and understand what is being asked.
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