If you’ve had an interview for a job in the last few years, then you’ve probably experienced a video interview at some point. In most cases, a video interview is now the stage before a face-to-face interview in the application process. Recruiters will tend to use this type of interview to whittle down a long list of potential candidates, resulting in a suitable shortlist. Amplified by the Covid pandemic, video interviews have become increasingly common with a study finding that there has been a 57% rise in their use since early 2020. So, with that in mind, how can you make sure you ace your video interview and secure your dream job?
Here are some of our tips to help you prepare…
Firstly, you need to find a suitable location to set up your device. Find somewhere that is quiet, where noises and people won’t disturb you. This will help you maintain focus, so that you can pay attention to every question that the interviewer asks. Make sure that the room that you are in is tidy and you have a clean and simple background containing minimal distractions. The next thing to consider is, does your location have good lighting? It’s important to be clearly visible on the camera and this is all down to the lighting of the room that you are in, where possible we would recommend using natural light. Also, test the internet connection in the room to ensure that it is reliable.
First impressions can make or break an interview and, therefore, it’s still important to dress appropriately for your video interview. You should wear what you would normally to a face-to-face interview, maybe a shirt or smart jumper – don’t forget to wear smart trousers as well!
A key tip to help you stand out from the crowd is by using positive body language. Sit up straight and avoid slouching, restrain from moving too much or touching your face. Maintain good eye contact, looking into the camera as often as possible (if you position your camera so that it is at your eye level, this will help you keep eye contact). Where appropriate, use hand gestures when speaking to emphasise your answers to questions. Equally, when you are listening to the interviewer nod and smile to show that you are engaged and understand the questions they are asking.
The last thing you need is for any technical issues to affect your video interview. To prevent any technical issues from occurring ensure that you have tested your computer, camera, and any other software a few days prior to the interview. Why not do a practice call with a family member or friend to double check your picture is clear, and the sound quality is good?
Hopefully by reading our helpful tips you now feel more prepared and ready to smash your video interview out of the park. We wish you the very best of luck!
Get in touch with one of our helpful consultants today by calling 0115 9222240, we’ll be more than happy to give you further interview preparation advice and offer other helpful tips for all sections of the application process.
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