• Roberta Passa

6 Killer tips for video interviews

Since COVID-19 struck, our virtual world has increased exponentially and video technology has become a part of our daily lives, many sectors accelerated this adoption and so recruiters and organisations are now using video technology as part of their recruitment process.

You most likely know the basics, but read below to ensure you are prepared for all the essentials to nail your interview.

It's vital that you know in advance what format the video interview will take, as the two main types are very different experiences.

  • Live - this is similar to a regular face-to-face interview. You'll speak to the interviewer (or panel of interviewers) in real-time over a video connection.

  • Pre-recorded - this is a much less personal experience as you won't be speaking to a real person. You'll be presented with pre-recorded or even written questions on screen, and then you'll have to record your answer on video, often to a time limit.

So how can you prepare for a successful video interview?

While this sounds like a lot of work, remember that you’re learning a very valuable skill and here are 6 video interviewing tips that will help you advance to the next round.

1. Prepare like you would for an in-person interview

It’s important to put just as much preparation into a video interview as if you were interviewing in person. Conduct research on the employer, hiring managers and recruiters typically have a presence on LinkedIn, and a quick Google search can shed some light on who you’re meeting with for talking points. It’s also a good idea to prepare questions to ask of the interviewer.

2. Get technical

Test your connection. Test your camera. Test your lighting. Test your sound. Test the video program. Make sure you understand how it all works. And test it all again right before the interview commences.

3. Check your environment

Pick somewhere with a simple, clean backdrop – a blank wall, if possible.

4. Dress appropriately

Dress for a video interview just as you would for a regular interview, remember that bright colours can help when it comes to your video, standing out positively to the hiring manager.

5. Pay attention to body language

Get a well-balanced shot of your head and upper body, your interviewer should see a little of your desk at the bottom of the shot. Your head should come almost to the top. Make solid eye contact and smile at appropriate times. Have good posture and even lean in a bit. Learn more about the importance of nonverbal cues in job interviews.

6. Turn off before the interview starts, and go under

Remember to turn off all apps and programs that might interrupt the interview. Also, silence your phone. Go to your interview location and shut out all distractions, and give yourself around 10 minutes to collect yourself and do any last-minute preparations.

What to do afterwards? Send a tailored thank-you note: customize your thank-you note with information presented before and during the interview process. The more detailed, the better!

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