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7 tips for a successful video interview
Video interviews are on the rise and can save time and cost to both interviewees and interviewers. Whether you’ve been interviewed via this method before or you have a video interview coming up, here are some preparation tips you may find useful.
1. Treat it with the same importance as a face-to-face interview
Firstly, remember this is still an interview and the main principles from our previous article, Top tips for IT job interviews, are still relevant. Be sure to do your research on the company, dress and act professionally and prepare questions for the end of the interview.
2. Create an interview-friendly username
When you’re invited to a video interview, you will be asked to submit or create a username to access the software. Avoid unprofessional sounding usernames, even if it means setting up a new one.
3. Check who is ‘calling’ who
Hopefully when you get invited to interview, the details about who will instigate the video call will be clear but if not, double check with the organiser to save any awkwardness on the day. If you incorrectly assumed they were initiating the call, they may think you have cancelled or turned up late when you fail to start the call. Equally, if you make the call when they thought they were meant to be, you may come across as impatient if you get to them first.
4. Choose your location wisely
Ahead of the day, plan where you will take the interview. Find a quiet, uncluttered space where you will not be distracted or disturbed. You’ll also need to assess the background of where you’ll be sitting and make sure there’s nothing on display that could come across as unprofessional.
5. Test your connectivity
Connection problems are the biggest concern amongst people preparing for a video interview (Software Advice 2015) and it is understandable why. Losing a connection or suffering problems with the quality of your audio or video is off-putting for both parties and disrupts the natural flow. It may seem obvious, especially to IT professionals, but having a wired connection rather than relying on Wi-Fi should help strengthen the connection. Closing down any additional online applications which require more bandwidth should also help improve the connectivity. To improve the audio quality, you could use a headset rather than just using the default mic and speaker on your device.
6. Do a practise run
The second most popular concern people have about video interviews is about feeling uncomfortable on camera (Software Advice 2015). Whilst you can never fully rid yourself of interview nerves on the day, one thing that can help is a practise run before the day. Whether you’ve used the video software before or not, it’s worth loading it up, positioning your device at the right height and distance and testing your connection.
7. Keep calm and sell yourself!
You’ve done all the necessary prep and now the day has arrived and the video call has begun. Remember to treat the interview just as you would a face-to-face interview – by looking at the camera rather than the screen, you will appear to give direct eye contact which will make the interview much more personal. If any technical glitches happen, try not to panic, just deal with it calmly and carry on.
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