Check out our Ten2Two video here on how to succeed in a video job interview (it’s less than a minute of your time!) or read out 10 top tips below.
Preparing for your video interview…
Choose and test your tech
You can use a mobile but a laptop or tablet is a better device. Check that your webcam and microphone are working and your device is fully charged. It’s a good idea to test and become familiar with the video application before the interview takes place.
Check your surroundings
Make sure your background appears professional or at least neutral, avoiding anything that might distract the interviewer or create the wrong impression.
No barking or crying
Make sure there are no noisy distractions such as pets or children around that could interrupt your interview. These could spoil the flow and again, create an unprofessional impression to your prospective employer.
Dress for success
Wear what you would normally wear to a face to face interview at the company’s premises.
Finally, get logged on, comfortably positioned with a drink of water at hand before the scheduled start time.
Participating in your video interview…
Be more than yourself
It’s important to be yourself during the interview but be aware of three things: Make regular eye contact (know here your webcam is positioned); ensure you have a good posture; and try to use positive, open body language.
Check understanding during your video job interview
If you’re asked a question you don’t understand, ask for clarification and if you feel that an answer you’ve given hasn’t been understood don’t be afraid to check understanding.
Pause for breath
Video requires people to be more deliberate in their actions and conversations so deliberately pause briefly between statements particularly if they’re long or detailed.
Prepare your questions
Having your questions prepared ahead of time gives an even stronger impression over video than it does face to face. It demonstrates thorough preparation and enthusiasm for the job.
Use your notes
If you want to make or refer to notes, go ahead but don’t get fixated by them!