Top Tips for Video Interviews Part 2

How to Perform During your Video Interview

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 tips to making a great first impression…

During the 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.

Finally...

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.

Good luck. We know you will be great!

This article has been submitted by Smart Works GM. For more information on Video Interviews, take a look at their next article ‘Video Interview Tips: Part 1’.

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