The coronavirus pandemic is seeing companies around the world change how they carry out their interviewing process. We’ve already witnessed several of our amazing clients switch to video interviewing to ensure the hiring process continues as smoothly as possible, and we're doing everything possible to assist them with this.
As it's looking like video interviews have stayed incorporated in many hiring processes after the pandemic restrictions have loosened, we’ve put together a handy guide to help prepare anyone with an upcoming video interview.
Just as you would for a normal face-to-face interview it’s important you do substantial research beforehand. This should cover:
There are several aspects to preparing for a video interview. Firstly, you need to arrange the environment in which you’ll be:
As with anything technical, issues are likely to arise when using new or different pieces of computer software.
Keep interview notes of things you want to remember to hand.
It is estimated that if you are not there in person, 90% of the cues we give off are none verbal - therefore looking the part is extremely important. As with face-to-face interviews, we always say it’s better to be over-dressed than under. This is still relevant for a video interview, and although you won’t be expected to sit at your kitchen table in a full suit and tie, a smart shirt or blouse, tidy hair and a fresh appearance will all go down well.
This will help with getting your facial expressions right. If you are actively listening, giving verbal cues to your interviewer will help you react more naturally to the interview, which will ultimately help you smile in the right places and look interested in what is being said. Video interviews tend to be shorter than face-to-face ones and contain less small talk, so it’s important you make a strong impression from the start.
If you’ve been asked to give a presentation or explain task during the video interview (as you might expect to during a face-to-face interview) be sure to run through this several times ahead of the video call. Make sure you email a copy of the presentation across to the employer beforehand and have any notes you may need on it to hand (If you have dual computer screens pop your presentation on one of these so you can easily go through it).
We’re currently experiencing very unusual circumstances, and companies are trying their best to adapt to changing demands and capabilities. That said, it wouldn’t be unreasonable as a candidate to ask them for a timeline of their hiring process during this time:
Treat this video interview as if it were a face-to-face one. Turn up (log on to the call) slightly ahead of time, look professional, ask the right questions and remember to smile. If you’re interested in the role show enthusiasm, thank the interviewer for their time and follow up with any further questions or queries you may have.
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