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Tips for a Successful Video Interview

With the digital world constantly evolving and the growth of remote working, video interviews have become an intrinsic part of the recruitment process. Video interviews allow employers to gauge the best candidate for the role in a more efficient and convenient way.

What is a Video Interview?

A video interview is an organised online session that allows a company to understand whether you’re the right fit the role they’re hiring for.  They are conducted through video conferencing software. Typically, there are two different types of video interview. The first is conducted in real time, through a platform such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. The second is via a bespoke video calling system specific to the organisation you are aiming to join. In these instances, you do not interact with anyone from the company; instead, you pre-record your answers to the questions for the employer to review at a later date.

How to have a Successful Video Interview:

1.      Choose a Suitable Location:

To make it easier for the interviewer(s) to see you, consider choosing a location with a natural light source, as well as a simple and neutral background. It’s also wise to make sure your location has  a strong and reliable WIFI source to support the video calling software needed for your interview; this is crucial to minimise distractions during your interview.

2.      Minimise Potential Interruptions:

Try and avoid libraries, cafes, or shared spaces. Places like these can often be full of interruptions or cause unpredictable scenarios that could happen during your interview, so it is important to try to minimise them. You should choose a quiet and solitary environment to prevent background noise and other distractions interfering with your interview.

3.      Present Yourself Professionally:

Prior to your interview  test your camera quality and positioning. You should have the upper third of your body in frame, so that you can better interact with your interviewer and showcase your professionalism virtually.

During an online interview, make eye contact with your employer. To do this, make sure you look into your camera, and not at yourself on the screen. A simple trick to help you do this, is to use a colourful sticky note and pop it next to your camera, as a reminder of where you should keep your focus.

Further to this, make sure your body language and mannerisms reflect that you are engaged throughout the interview. For instance, be sure to nod and smile when your interviewer is speaking with you, to show that you are enthusiastic and interested during the interview process.

4.      Utilise Practice Questions:

Before your video interview, utilise online resources to gauge the commonly asked questions from recruiters. From here, write some sample answers that you could give using the ‘STAR’ method, which will enable you to tailor your responses. This method can also enhance your CV  as it helps to keep examples concise and structured. However, it is important to emphasise results, showcasing what you learned from the experience and the successes you had.

Final Stages for Video Interview Success

Video interviews can sometimes make you feel nervous, but with some practice and preparation they don’t have to be. Make sure to research the company in detail and prepare some tailored questions to impress your employer and show your enthusiasm for the role.

Finally, remember to take your time in your responses. You won’t be judged for taking a few seconds to think of your response, so remember to take a deep breath and give a detailed and structured answer.