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Recently we have seen the demand for video interview go through the roof. Using video chat platforms such as Skype, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and BodenConnect, which is our video chat technology.

Video and telephone interviews are often the first stage in the hiring process, so it’s important that you set the right impression.

Here are some tips to ensure that your video interview is successful.

Preparing for your video interview

Find a suitable location for your video interview

You will need to find a suitable place to attend your video interview. We know not everyone has a dedicated office space, but where exactly is the best place to hold your interview.

The best approach is to ensure that your background is as clear as possible. Also, ensure that you don’t have a window behind you as this will cause you to look very dark.

Let other members of the household know that you are going to be attending an interview in the room you have chosen. Try to keep any pets in another room to avoid there being any unexpected surprises.

Learn and understand the capabilities of the video interviewing platform

Download and access the video chat software and test they run correctly. Explore the capabilities of the software; for example, how do you turn your camera or mic on and off. If you are required to present a presentation or document ensure you know this looks when your screen is shared.

Have a test run

Ask a friend or family member to help you test-run a video call. This will help you to identify if you have any issues with your technology.

If you wish you can ask them to ask you some common interview questions or provide feedback on your presentation if you are required to present one.

Do your research

Make sure you do your research about the business you are interviewing for. The interview will ask you question around what you know about the company or even just about the role you are applying for. If you are interviewing for completely new sector research industry trends to be able to get a better understanding of the role and company.

Suitable usernames

Ensure that you have a suitable username on the platform just as you would with your email address. If you have a personal account, then it might be useful to start a new account for interviewing purposes.

The day of your video interview

Login before your agreed time

On the day of your video interview, ensure that you login and get yourself set up a few minutes before your interview is due to begin. Have all your documents and files ready and to hand and remind yourself of the functions you may need to utilise.

Dress code

Dressing for the occasion is just as important as if you were attending a face to face meeting. Don’t only dress your upper body. Dress in smart and professional attire.

Have all your CV and notes to hand

Now is the time to use all that research you did in preparation for your video interview. You may also need your CV, as you may be asked to reference specific parts of your experience or skills.

Your body language

Treat your video interview as you would a face to face interview and engage with the interviewer. As this is a video call, the interviewer will be able to see your facial expressions and body language.

Speak slowly and clearly to avoid time lag

Ensure that you are not speaking to fast and take a short pause before you answer a question to ensure that you are not accidentally speaking over the interviewer.

Technology can be unpredictable

Don’t panic if you have issues with technology or your internet connection is lost. Technology can be unpredictable, but it is how you react to the issue that is key, so stay calm and solve the problem.

Ask questions

You should try to ask questions to the interviewer when you are given the opportunity. This will help you to form more of an understanding of the business, role and hiring manager.

After the video interview

Follow up after the video interview

You should arrange a follow-up call with your recruiter so you can provide your feedback on how you thought the interview went. It would also be a great time to express if you are still interested in the opportunity.

It is important to understand that as technology becomes more embedded in the hiring process that video interviews will become more common. By taking the time to prepare adequately, you are giving your self the best chance of having a successful video interview.

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