Top tips for a great video interview
You’re likely aware of the new remote working challenges (and opportunities) that have stemmed from Covid-19, but what about a video interview? Or in fact any form of remote interviewing, from initial screening phone calls, to video interviews and shared presentations?
Well you’re in luck. Our specialist team have put together a list of top tips to help you prepare for a video interview and excel in any opportunities that may come your way.
Don’t underestimate the power of an initial screening call!
While this may be at the beginning of your interview process, don’t underestimate the importance of impressing your interviewer early on. Some would argue that the initial screening call has more influence than your final interview, separating you from probably hundreds of other potential applicants. A successful call could place you at the top of the list for a final interview or sim assessment slot, so bring you’re A-game and don’t disappoint.
- Don’t get caught off guard! – You’ll be informed of the time and date of your call, so put it in your diary as you would do a face to face meeting, don’t get caught off guard while you’re making lunch! Set the time aside and find an appropriate space in your home (or similar) where you won’t be interrupted, and you can think clearly.
- Have a copy of you CV and/or application handy – Your interviewer will ask you questions about you’re character and career history, they will also have questions about your application and/or CV, so be sure to have a copy next to you that you can refer too. You interviewer will no doubt have a copy of your CV in front of them, so following the format to your CV and referencing areas of your application will help you stay on the same page (literally), while potentially being thousands of miles apart.
- Do your homework – Just as you would for a face to face initial interview, research the company and have some poignant questions ready for your interviewer. This may be a different set-up than you are used to, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do your homework. Preparation will be evident to your interviewer and going the extra mile – especially in this competitive climate- will likely put you at the top of the list.
Smile for the camera, it’s time to ace your video interview!
- Dress for work – It goes without saying that you should dress appropriately for a video interview, but you’d be surprised! Yes, we all know that everybody is currently at home, but that doesn’t mean you can have your interview in your pyjamas or your favourite loungewear. So quite simply, dress as you would do for a face to face interview.
- Test your equipment – If you haven’t used your laptop in a while, or maybe you’ve brought yourself a webcam, it’s worth turning it all on and testing the set-up. Your interviewer may also request to conduct your video call by a new online tool such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom, so make sure that you have read the joining instructions in full and have a good understanding of how to use the tool successfully. If you need to set-up a Skype account or use an existing one, it’s worth making sure that your username is professional – your name is quite simply fine.
- Consider you background – Your setting is just as important at your dress code. You wouldn’t invite your new employer into your bedroom, so don’t have your first interview from one. Also consider what is in the background of your camera shot – keep it clean and tidy; no embarrassing photo’s or ornaments! If you don’t have the luxury of a home office, we recommend a dining table setting (or similar). Using a table to place your laptop on will not only ensure you have a great posture and communication – but will also give you the ability to write down notes if needed.
- Camera distance – As suggested above, it is recommended to set your laptop/computer up on a desk, rather than on your lap. You can then angle your camera appropriately and set it up at a sensible distance, adding to a professional atmosphere.
- Internet connection – Now more than ever, we can all appreciate the challenges of tech at home, especially the dreaded internet ‘drop out’. Try to ensure that your internet connection is strong, if you have multiple people in your household using the internet, it would be wise to ask them to stop using the internet during your call- this reduces the likelihood of a slow connection. If you do find yourself in a ‘disconnected’ situation, don’t panic, try and establish a connection as soon as possible. We recommend that you ask your interviewer for a phone number at the beginning of your video call so that if you do become disconnected, you can call your contact and concisely inform them of what you are doing to correct the situation and when you will be back online. If it is a longer issue to solve, do your best to apologise and reschedule your call.
- Minimise digital distraction – If you’re sharing your screen for a presentation as part of your video interview, it is a good idea to close down any unnecessary tabs or software you are not using. Not only will this help you clear your mind from distraction, to focus on the task in hand, but it will also avoid any embarrassing moments… it’s not quite appropriate to share photos from your holiday album!
- Non-verbal communication – A picture says a thousand words, the same applies to video. Instead of verbally agreeing to points throughout the conversation, nodding intermittently will be less disruptive and clearly show your interviewer that you’re engaged. Gestures can be used to clearly communicate a point, although be weary of too much movement as it could distract from what your saying. Finally, talk with a smile! It is easy to tell if someone isn’t engaged in a conversation just by the tone of their voice, so if your interviewer can’t see you, make sure your tone is engaging and happy.
It’s a competitive environment at present, particularly within the aviation industry, so once you’ve gone through your final questions be sure to thank your interviewer for their time and consideration.
It pays to be nice and remember your manners. They wouldn’t have interviewed you if you weren’t a strong candidate, so be sure to make the most of your next opportunity by following our top tips for a good video interview.
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