How to video interview for your next job

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Employers are still recruiting and planning ahead for the post-Coronavirus period. They are increasingly using remote recruitment strategies and you may need to think about preparing to interview by video.

Given all the current uncertainty in the workplace environment, many companies are looking for experienced candidates who can integrate teams quickly and work on a part time, remote or flexible basis. Whether you’ve interviewed before by video or it’s your first these tips will help you perform better.

Take some time to prepare and participate for your next job interview by video.

Preparing for your video interview…

  1. Choose and test your tech

You can use a mobile but a laptop or tablet is a better device. Check that your webcam and microphone are working and your device is fully charged. It’s a good idea to test and become familiar with the video application before the interview takes place.

  1. Check your surroundings

Make sure your background appears professional or at least neutral, avoiding anything that might distract the interviewer or create the wrong impression.

  1. No barking or crying

Make sure there are no noisy distractions such as pets or children around that could interrupt your interview. These could spoil the flow and again, create an unprofessional impression to your prospective employer.

  1. Dress for success

Wear what you would normally wear to a face to face interview at the company’s premises.

  1. Be early!

Finally, get logged on, comfortably positioned with a drink of water at hand before the scheduled start time.

Participating in your video interview…

  1. Be more than yourself

It’s important to be yourself during the interview but be aware of three things: Make regular eye contact (know here your webcam is positioned); ensure you have a good posture; and try to use positive, open body language.

  1. Check understanding

If you’re asked a question you don’t understand, ask for clarification and if you feel that an answer you’ve given hasn’t been understood don’t be afraid to check understanding.

  1. Pause for breath

Video requires people to be more deliberate in their actions and conversations so deliberately pause briefly between statements particularly if they’re long or detailed.

  1. Prepare your questions

Having your questions prepared ahead of time gives an even stronger impression over video than it does face to face. It demonstrates thorough preparation and enthusiasm for the job.

  1. Use your notes

If you want to make or refer to notes, go ahead but don’t get fixated by them!