8 Top Video Interview Tips
During this challenging time many businesses and recruiters won’t be able to perform face-to-face interviews when finding their next great talent. However, video interviews are becoming more and more popular, and are a great way to e-meet someone and showcase your experience and skills without having to physically go anywhere.
Here at Teamwork Selection we will now be performing video interviews to meet all our candidates, so if you want to register with us or apply for a job, take a look at our handy video tips below and get in touch!
Find a quiet, private, well-lit place, free from possible interruptions.
Sitting in the dark or with the kids in the background won’t be acceptable in a video interview. Sit somewhere where you will be comfortable, with lots of natural light and no distractions or loud interruptions, so all the focus can be on you.
Ensure your Wi-Fi internet connection is stable.
Make sure your internet is working before you connect to your interviewer. Lagging video or not being able to hear each other due to technical problems during the interview will make it much more difficult to showcase yourself!
Practice with a friend first.
This can help to get the giggles out first if nothing else! Practicing with a friend means they can give you advice on how you should carry yourself and what they can see on the other end of the video! This can also point out any teething problems with the technology or Wi-Fi, so you can deal with them before the interview.
Turn off the TV or any loud distractions.
Make sure the TV/radio isn’t on in the background and that your phone is on silent. You don’t want any notification noises from any apps going off halfway through the interview as a distraction. The Tinder sound is a big no-no and embarrassing for everyone involved!
Dress professionally like you would a face-to-face interview.
Your interviewer is still going to be able to see you (because it’s a video, duh) so dress like you would for a normal face to face interview. Dress smartly, no joggers or pyjamas, and present your best self.
Have a pen, notepad and copy of your CV with you to make notes.
We’ve all done it, where you’ve been asked a question and your minds gone completely blank and you’ve frozen. Having notes pre-prepared with you and your CV with you can help stop these moments and keep the conversation flowing.
When listening, nod and smile to show you are engaged.
Try not to look bored or uninterested, facial expressions are very important in an video interview. Smile and listen to what the interviewer is really saying, and not just on what you are going to say next.
Don’t be nervous, we are interested in you and want to place you in a job as soon as possible!
We know this is hard to do – to not ‘be nervous’, but we are all working towards the same goal. We want to place you in jobs, interviewers want to find the best person for the role, and you want to give a job interview your all and be a part of the business! Take a deep breathe, smile and be yourself!