5 Video Interview Tips You Need To Know About

15/10/2020

With Australia rapidly adapting to the new environment of COVID, people working from home is becoming a more common occurrence, including working across state lines. With consideration to this, as well as general social distancing, video interviews are becoming more common as well, in comparison to the traditional in-person interview. With these 5 key video interview tips, we’re sure that you’ll experience a big boost in confidence, next time dial into one.

1. It’s just another interview

Whilst the video nature of the interview may seem intimidating at first, the same general techniques that can be used for any interview can be used for a video interview. Research the company in detail, be on time (a little early if possible!), ask plenty of questions and be sure to follow up afterwards. The only thing that is going to change on an absolutely fundamental level is that the traditional handshake is going to be omitted. It’s a sign of confidence that you can’t display, so you’ll have to display that confidence in other ways.

2. Be technically prepared

Turning up to a physical interview on time is easy; you know how fast you walk or drive from point A to B. But with a video interview, it requires you to log into a specific piece of software, and if that’s not working, you’re going to be delayed. Be sure to have that software ready to go, and test it out beforehand to make sure it works first try. There’s nothing worse than ‘turning up’ to a video interview, then having to ask for time to configure your software! This extends to microphones and cameras, be sure to test every piece of technology, doubly so if you are applying for a role that would reasonably assume you to have competence with what you are using! Or to put it another way, your interviewer likely has a lot of people to get through, and if you avoid the 5-minute dance of “can you hear me?”, they are going to appreciate it a great deal.

As a postscript to this point, have all your relevant documents (e.g. resume, portfolio, etc.) ready to go in digital format, in case your interviewer either wants a copy or wants to discuss them. PDFs are great in this regard, and an easy to use file sharing service like Google Cloud or Dropbox will always serve you well.

3. Presentation is key

As the old saying goes, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Presentation is going to be a big part of this. Presentation in a video interview is two-fold; your personal appearance, and the backdrop you choose. Your personal appearance, like any interview, should match the position. If you are applying for an executive position, dressing in a t-shirt and jeans won’t look good, and dressing in smart casual might be more appropriate for a more casual position. Also, be sure to wear the lower half that matches the upper half! If you’re in a brilliant suit and need to stand up to go to the bathroom revealing tracksuit pants, that’s going to leave a lasting impression, just not a good one! Your backdrop should also be appropriate. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a wall of degrees or anything like that, but something at least neutral will be best. You can never go wrong with a plain coloured wall; a messy or unthoughtful backdrop might be distracting or leave a bad impression.

4. Speak clearly

Like any interview, how you present yourself is going to be key, but your voice is doubly important in a video interview. This is because you have to deal with the filter of your microphone (which may not be of studio quality), as well as the filter of your interviewer’s speakers. So it’s critical to enunciate every word clearly and precisely. If you mumble over a few sentences, whilst the person sitting physically next to you might have understood perfectly, through the video format, the distortion may not be ideal. This is even more important if you are taking on a role that is going to involve phone or video conversations frequently since if the interviewer can’t understand you, they’ll probably assume that clients won’t be able to either!

5. Use the format to your advantage

A video interview might take you out of your comfort zone, but be sure to use the format to your advantage. In the real world, you might not be able to take any overt notes into a job interview, but that’s not the case in a video interview. Whilst you don’t want to obviously be referring to notes for every question, if you have some memory joggers in front of you on your keyboard that you can glance at, or on the wall behind your camera, it might just give you the edge in confidence that you need. You might not even need to use them, but knowing that they are there will likely give you a valuable boost.

Summary

We’ve covered 5 video interview tips for you today so that you can ace your next one. If you follow these, you’ll be sure to get better results from any video interview process. If you have any further questions about interviews or any other part of recruitment, be sure to get in touch with Job Directions today at 1300 637 313

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