Top Tips for Video Interviews Part 1

What to do Before your Video Interview

Suddenly been invited to your first ever video interview and not sure what to expect? Don’t panic. We walk you through everything you need to know to perfect your online interviewing technique from getting prepared to making a great first impression…

Before the Interview

Get into a positive mind-set

Do some breathing exercises before the interview to calm your nerves, and give yourself a pep talk, reminding yourself of all of your achievements to date. Do some talking out-loud before the call so your voice has had chance to warm up.

You could also do a practice call with a friend or family member or take a look at our top interview tips to building confidence.

Test your Tech

It may sound obvious but it’s vital that you know which platform your video interview is taking place on and that you’ve tested it well in advance of the scheduled time. Finding out 15 minutes before your interview that you need to set up a Zoom account is going to cause you all kinds of unnecessary stress!

Regardless of whether you’re using a computer, laptop, tablet or your mobile; ask a friend or family member to help you test that your camera and microphone both work and make sure that you’re based somewhere with a stable internet connection. If your WIFI at home is known for being a little slow, close down all other programmes and browsers to give it the best chance.

Make sure the device you’re using is fully charged and that you also have a phone number for the interviewer to hand, in case your video interview losing connection.

Choose your setting

If you’re planning on being at home for your video interview, make sure that you’ll be free from any possible interruptions (children, pets, family, background noise). If you’re going to be having your video interview remotely, make sure you’re in a quiet, private, well-lit location.

If possible, try to sit yourself at a table as this will give the most professional look. But if that isn’t possible anywhere you feel comfortable will do as this will help you relax.

 

Look the Part

Even though you’re not meeting the interviewer face-to-face, you should still dress appropriately for a video interview. Depending on the type of company, smart casual may be more appropriate, but unless you’re told otherwise, dress smartly so you look the part!

To get the best angle, a good trick is to raise the camera on your laptop or mobile, slightly higher than eye level. Not only is it much more flattering but it’ll also stop you looking intimidating on the other person’s screen.

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 2’.

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