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Video Interview Tips

Video interviewing has become an important part of the modern day recruitment process. Even before the breakout of the virus companies were using video interviewing to pre-screen candidates before inviting them for an in-person interview and also for long distance recruitment (candidates from home and abroad).

Now, with working patterns shifting, video interviews are becoming more common.

You should prepare for a video interview in exactly the same way you would for a face-to-face interview; prepare answers for all possibilities, do background research on the company and gather some relevant questions to ask the interviewer.

We have put together a quick check list to help ensure you’re putting your best foot forward when the time comes:

  • Prepare yourself ahead of time
  • Find a quiet, private, well-lit place, free from possible interruptions
  • Ensure your internet connection is stable
  • Check that your computers audio is working
  • Test your computers webcam
  • Place your phone on silent
  • Close any unnecessary web browser tabs & applications
  • Position the camera so that you are looking up slightly & centered on the screen
  • Sit in your chair with your back straight & shoulders open
  • Make sure you are situated in the middle of the frame
  • If you wear glasses, adjust the lighting in the room to reduce glare
  • Dress professionally
  • When listening, nod and smile to show you are engaged
  • Direct your eyes to the webcam
  • Convey optimism with your body language
  • As with any job interview, you should conclude by thanking the interviewer for their time

To conclude, video interviews should be treated in the same way as face-to-face interviews, just with a few additional technical factors taken into account. The best thing to do is to get some practice in, you can do this with friends and family or you could record yourself on your phone to see how you come across. As with anything, practice makes perfect! The usual combination of research and preparation will go a long way.