Video interviews follow many of the same best practice guidelines as face to face interviews, but candidates should be aware of the differences of being on camera.
Here are some top tips to help ace that video interview – Lights, Camera, ACTION!
Practice – on camera. It may be that you are an avid user of Facetime or Skype and are very comfortable talking on camera. However, it isn’t for everyone and feeling self-conscious is very common. One good tip is to just switch on your camera on your phone or Ipad, record yourself talking and then watch it back. The key is to become feeling comfortable in front of the camera in your own time before the real deal of a video interview. Some of the specialist video interview providers do offer practice sessions too, so take advantage of those. Remember to engage with the camera, not the screen.
Dress to impress. This is an interview after all, and the dress code remains the same as if it were an in-person interview. This will also help put you in the right mindset and remind you of the formal situation you are in.
Prepare your surroundings. Choose a quiet, uninterrupted place for the interview. This is not the opportunity for animals, housemates or parents to un-expectantly play the star role! Choose a plain backdrop that is not distracting. The interviewer can see more than you think, so now is the time to take down any childhood posters from the wall, close your wardrobe doors and remove any strategically placed plants or other objects that may look part of you in the frame (unbeknown to you!)
Check your tech. It’s really important to check in advance that everything is set up and working. Don’t leave it to a ‘last minute panic’ as this will not put you in the right mindset. Turn on your computer, checking your webcam, audio recorder, computer battery life and internet connection. Also check that all other applications are switched off, as again, this may cause some unnecessary distractions during the interview.
Body Language. Keep relaxed, but in a professional posture and don’t be afraid to use hand and arm movements in moderation. A camera shot that allows the assessor to see your arms and hands can be beneficial.
Speak slowly. Most video interviews screens will show a ticking clock, indicating to you how much time you have to answer each question. This causes a huge tendency to speak too quickly and then stumble over words. Remain calm and speak slowly.
(Try to) Have Fun! – I know, I know – easier written than done. However, this is an opportunity to really bring out your personality and shine. Try to smile, be yourself and do your best!