The current climate with the outbreak of coronavirus, has led many organisations to switch their recruitment process from in-person interviews to video interviews as responsible businesses and caring citizens while as a nation we navigate such unprecedented times.
Interview preparation is essential to a successful interview, and we all know that first impressions are a major factor in starting off on the foot.
Generally it’s harder to build rapport virtually, a video interview may lead some candidates into a false sense of security because they’re at home in a familiar and comfortable setting, they might take it more laid back approach, that’s not the best option.
Don’t be caught off guard! Read the following helpful tips on preparing for your video interview.
So, you’ve secured the interview, well done. For some, this is a moment of excitement, for others, this includes feeling nervous. With the right preparation, you will feel confident to share your skills and experience on the day and keep the nerves at bay.
Job Interview Tip 1
RESEARCH THE COMPANY AND THE INTERVIEWERS THOROUGHLY.
Find out about the organisation from their company website, review social media profiles on LinkedIn, Twitter and their annual report to name but a few sources. If the company or the interviewer has written an article or released a podcast etc take time to consume the information and take notes, note-taking can help you retain the information.
Job Interview Tip 2
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS TO ASK
Practice answering interview questions in front of a mirror and record yourself on video, this will help you to listen to your tone and see your facial expression when you answer questions, often we are not aware of how we look when we responding to questions, the mirror and videoing yourself will help you practice that winning online interview style like a pro.
Interviews are two ways, be sure to prepare questions that you would like to ask based on what you have read about the company and bout the role.
Job Interview Tips 3
You might think I’ve used video platforms plenty of times, but it’s a risk not to test the settings on your device (laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphone), ensure the microphone works, the camera is clean, the background behind you is suitable so whatever visibility your camera will show, ensure it is neutral.
If you choose not to test your device of choice and something goes wrong you could get flustered, look unprofessional and unprepared in front of the interviewer.
Don't miss your opportunity to shine due to technical issues.
Video Interviews Tip 4. No interruptions.
Video interviews gives the employer a peep into your home. You should have a plan to mitigate all possible distractions barking dogs, screaming babies, your nan or housemates popping in with a cup of tea and biscuits, this will be problematic no matter how nice that jester was.
What to wear Tip 5. Dress for the role and be confident.
Get yourself ready as if you were attending the interview in person, from your research on the company or the recruitment consultant you would have found out about the company culture and dress code of the organisation, look the part so they can see you’re a good fit.
Tip 6. Build rapport, lights camera action!
It’s much more difficult to build rapport over video and demonstrate positive body language, to overcome this look at the camera and refrain from wandering eyes syndrome (I made that up, but you get the point!). This style of interview may feel less informal because there is less small talk, which means that the interviewers tend to get straight to the nitty-gritty of an interview quickly.
With well-prepared notes and questions, you will be ready for a stellar interview, practice memorising the info, and have post it notes in front of you that can’t be seen on camera.
Tip 7. Answer questions fully and be prepared for examples.
If a difficult question is asked, for example, what are your weaknesses? Answer it positively by demonstrating that you’ve turned this weakness into strength. Give real examples unique to you.
Andre Thomas is the is the writer and founder of Thomas Telman Consulting where they help law firms hire, engage and retain talent.