Here are our top 5 video interview tips! Given current global circumstances, more and more companies will be opting to conduct interviews via video calls through platforms such as Google Hangouts and Zoom.
This type of interview may see a rise even after the coronavirus pandemic is over. Most companies already do a “pre-screening” before they decide who to select for a face-to-face interview. This usually occurs via phone, but we’ll likely start to see more and more companies conducting these “pre-screenings” via video calls.
Getting a pre-screening interview is a positive thing and provides a big step towards getting a formal in-person meeting. If you’ve been invited to a pre-screening interview, this means that your experience and skillset match what the company are looking for. The purpose of the interview is to clarify the information you’ve already provided via your CV and cover letter and to learn more about you as a person. Companies need to ensure you’re a good fit for their team – for both their benefit and yours! You may have all the skills and qualifications on paper, but the companies working environment might not be right, or the job benefits might not be what you’re looking for. Speaking with you via a video calls allow for both parties to get to know each other a little better.
Make sure you have a list of questions to ask. Like the work environment and job benefits; these are both things you can ask about during your pre-screening interview.
Here are some example questions you could ask if not spoken about:
- Does the job offer any benefits? Health care, bonuses or travel help.
- How would you describe the work environment of your company? Similarly, what is the office culture/ social side of the company like?
- What would I be doing on a typical day?
- Would there be further opportunities to advance my qualifications?
Prepare as much as possible
Treat the video interview with as much preparation as you would a face to face interview. This also means ensuring you know how to use the platform the interview will be taking place on in advance. You don’t want to get stuck trying to work out how to connect to your interviewer on the day!
You’ll know about your interview in advance giving you time to ensure that you have the job description, company details and CV to hand. This will allow you to refer to any note that you have made and for you also to make notes!
Make sure you test your device on sound level and camera beforehand.
Make sure the interviewer knows that you’re listening
For face to face interviews and meetings, you have the opportunity to read body language, nod your head etc to show the interviewer that you’re listening. Video interviews are a little different. While you’ll still be able to see each other, it’s much more difficult to read body language through your computer screen.
Ensure you’re paying attention, looking at the interviewer on the screen and make sure you have your computer notifications turned off to avoid you getting distracted! Choose a quiet place within your home and turn off electronic devices such as your TV and phone to avoid disruption.
Answer the questions the interviewer asks
Answer the questions that are asked and don’t accidentally ignore the question because you are dying to tell the interviewer something else about you and your achievements. Additionally, trying to oversell yourself may result in you interrupting the interviewer so be careful of this!
You could even practice your video interview skills with a friend or family member. Also, have a go at using the software you’ll be using for your video interview in advance. The most common ones are Zoom, Google Hangouts and Skype.
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