How to Perfect the Video Interview

Video interviewing is becoming a standard feature in recruitment processes across a broad range of industries. However most candidates have yet to face the phone screen replacement. Below are some essential tips to have in mind when completing a video interview:

  1. Make sure you have the correct hardware and software. It may seem obvious but you will need a webcam and microphone, smartphone or tablet to complete the interview. Most video interview platforms including run using Flash. Make sure that your computer is running a current version or download it here. If you are using a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the app for the interview. A link to these is usually provided with the invitation to the interview. It is also important to remember that Internet speed and strength will effect the upload times and quality of the interview.
  2. The lighter the environment the better the video quality. The employer or recruiter wants to get a good understanding of who you are. It is by no accident that movie villains are always cloaked in darkness; by sitting in a dark room you give a negative impression to employers. For the best results sit in a light room and shine a desk light on your face.
  3. Make sure that your environment is suitable. A neutral coloured wall or neat office makes for the perfect backgrounds. It is ideal to give the employer the impression that you are organised and professional inside and outside the office. Don’t give them a reason to think otherwise. It is also important that background noise is limited. The less information you give the employer about your home life the better.
  4. Dress to impress. Dress professionally, I know that this means different things to different people in different places but a button up shirt/ blouse usually does the trick. Again you want the employer to see your personality, not judge your outfit.
  5. It is important to prepare for a video interview as you would for a face-to-face. That means knowing about the company, the job position, the skills required and your reasons for applying. Once you have an understanding of these areas try a practice interview and ensure that your posture is correct and your answers are succinct.'

Author: Benjy Gillman

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