The pandemic has forced many organisations to recruit remotely meaning that more interviews are taking place virtually. It’s therefore important that job seekers prepare for this type of interview.
So how can you prepare for a video interview?
Check the Details
- Check the date and time of the interview and which video conferencing technology will be used.
- Make a note of the interviewer(s) name(s).
- You should also ask what the format of the interview is likely to be, so you know how best to prepare and what to expect on the day e.g. will it be live or pre-recorded?
- Choose a room which is quiet and well lit.
- If you’re at home, inform others in your household that you’re taking part in a video interview. This should reduce the risk of any interruptions!
Get Your Equipment Ready
- Set your equipment up and test the video conferencing technology well in advance of the interview. This will give you plenty of time to get ready, check the sound/picture quality and address any technical issues which might arise.
- Check that you have a good internet connection and your chosen device is fully charged. Make sure to have a power cable or charger handy just in case!
- You may also wish to have a pen and paper to hand so you can take notes.
Preparation, Research and Resources
- Ensure you fully understand the role you are interviewing for. Read through the job specification prior to interview. You could prepare some examples of past experiences which closely relate to the job in question.
- Carry out some research on the organisation e.g. look at the company website. Demonstrating you’ve done some independent research on the company during interview shows that you really want the role.
- Keep your CV, of your key skills and achievements, plus any headline information about the company in front of you just in case you get stuck.
- Many people based at home are dressing for comfort, but this is a job interview so don’t forget to dress appropriately.
During the Video Interview
- It’s important to maintain eye contact and positive body language throughout the interview. To achieve this, you should position the camera at eye level, look directly into the camera, sit up straight and smile!
- Be careful not to interrupt the interviewer. This can be easily done if there is a delay caused by a slow internet connection. To avoid this, listen carefully, pause before answering, speak clearly and resist the temptation to rush your answers.
- If you experience any technical difficulties speak up. Let the interviewer know straight away so that it does not affect your performance and allows time for the issue to be fixed.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions during the interview. Asking questions will confirm your interest and enthusiasm for the role and the organisation. Prepare some questions to ask in advance.
- If you’ve enjoyed the interview and are keen to secure the position, leave the interviewer in no doubt that you want the job. You could thank the interviewer and tell them that you are looking forward to hearing from them.
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