Learn how to perform during and after your video interview with our video interview top tips

How to Perform During your Video Interview Tips

Following on from our Video Interview Tips Part 1 where we explained how to get set-up for online interviewing and prepare for the call, we look at what’s important once you get started. Take a look at our key video interview tips for during the call and afterwards to learn how to make a great first impression that lasts…

During the Video Interview

Use positive body language

During your video interview look interested in the conversation and maintain eye contact by looking into your camera, rather than down at the bottom of the screen. Make sure that you smile, but not too much that it looks unnatural, and try not to slouch or fidget.

When talking, be positive and enthusiastic about what you’re saying, speaking clearly and making sure that you don’t rush your answers. It’s much easier to interrupt someone during a video interview, than it is face-to-face, as there can be an internet delay so wait a second longer than you would normally before you speak.

Be equipped

Remember the hints, tips and advice you’ve learnt so far and practice some of the answers you covered before the interview to help you feel confident.

As you would in a face-to-face interview it’s a good idea to prepare some questions before your video interview. Have these written down so that you don’t need to make any changes to the screen you’re already using. Having a copy of your CV to hand is also a good idea to help jog your memory when answering those ‘tell us about a time that you…’ style questions. Make sure you’ve also got a pen and some paper to jot down some notes and a glass of water on standby.

End as you would a face-to-face interview

Remember to thank the interviewer for their time, and state that you enjoyed learning more about this opportunity. Reiterate your interest in the role and clarify the next steps if the hiring manager hasn’t already done so.

After the Video Interview

The main thing to remember is to try and act as natural in front of the camera as you can. Practice by recording yourself answering a couple of questions so that it doesn’t feel quite so awkward.

Once your video interview is over, try to write down some notes on how you think it went. Make a list of what questions you can remember, any good responses you gave, as well as anything you found tricky. This could help you improve your technique for next time.

It’s also worth sending a follow-up to your interviewer if you can, to thank them for their time and confirm your interest in the role. Maybe you had a question you forgot to ask or were interested in a particular aspect of the job that was discussed. You could do some research online to find out more about the company or send a LinkedIn request to the people you met during the call.

Next is the hard part – waiting for a response! Try to stay positive and use your time productively to continue practising our video interview tips and researching the company further – hopefully you’ll soon be invited to the next stage of interviews!

Good luck. We know you will be great!

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