Taking into consideration the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses and employees have now adapted to new ways of working remotely.
Of course, as the hiring process never stops, most interviews are now being conducted online. It’s not uncommon to conduct interviews virtually, especially since technology is helping to make the process more flexible and convenient.
So, if you’re facing a similar situation, here are our top tips to help you make sure your video interview is a success:
- The best benefit of a video interview is the fact that you can practice a run through of the interview with your recruiter or a friend. From both a technical point of view as well as a question preparation standpoint. This will help you to reduce your stress level that something might not work when dialling in. If you practice this with your recruiter, he/she will be able to provide you with tips on questions you will likely be asked.
- Dress appropriately, just as you would if you had a face-to-face interview. This will show your level of professionalism, even though the interview is conducted from your home. Granted, you’ll probably only be visible only from the waist up, but don’t underestimate the power of this – it’ll help you boost your confidence.
- Body language is vital. The way you present yourself is very important. Studies show that only 7% of your words count – the rest depends on you making eye contact, smiling (the most important), sitting up straight and nodding to show you’re following along with the interviewer.
- Find the right space to sit, so you will feel both comfortable and confident that no one will disturb you. Kindly ask everyone in the house to keep quiet for the whole duration of the interview and make sure you have the appropriate background, most preferably a plain wall behind. You don’t want your interviewer to get distracted by your laundry sitting in the background!
- Make sure your phone is also silenced and your notifications are muted. Your phone can be a big distraction and might interrupt you from your own thoughts, which could throw you off your train your thought.
- Log onto the interview portal 2-3 minutes early, to show punctuality. Better to be safe, than sorry! Perhaps mute and turn off your camera while you wait – the interviewer will surely appreciate that.
- Last but not least, prepare some questions to ask your interviewer. It’s important to show you are interested in the job and you want to find more – it can be questions about your role, the team you will be working with, or anything with will inform your decision if this is the right job for you. Three or four key questions is usually a good number to aim for.
A huge benefit to video interviews is that you save time travelling. Take advantage of sitting in your own home and let go of any stress factors. Conducting the video interview from a comfortable space should help you with this. Make the most of your interview and make sure you are doing your best to convince the person at the other end of the screen that you are the right person for the job! Good luck!