Thanks to technology and the global COVID-19 pandemic, how we do business is changing daily and requiring us to adapt and make changes quickly.
During this period of (imminent) recommended social isolation, you’re likely to be asked to interview via a video call as a job seeker. For many, this will be uncharted territory for both yourself and the client, so to help you prepare we’ve provided some tips below and will of course be on hand to assist getting you set up and prepared where needed.
There are two types of video interviews you may be asked to participate in:
A live video interview will generally involve joining a video conference from a link that the recruiter or employer shares with you, or you might receive a call via Skype or other video conference provider. Once connected, you’ll be able to see and speak with an interviewer on the other end.
If you’re using a personal Skype account, make sure you have a professional username and check your privacy settings. If you have any concern about whether your username is professional enough, you may want to set up a new account for your video interviews just in case. On a side note – this should also apply to your email address.
In a pre-recorded format, the employer will give you instructions on how to join the interview. Instead of being connected with a person, you’ll be prompted to answer interview questions that have been pre-recorded or appear in writing on the screen. You’ll record your answer to each question and the employer will review the recording later. There is often a time limit for your answers, and you may be given more than one chance to record each answer.
This format can feel quite strange at first, so preparation will be key to feeling comfortable and putting your best foot forward.
Be sure to test all necessary equipment well before your interview, including microphone and internet speed, and update any app you may be using for the video.
Specifically, you’ll need:
Before you join the interview, be sure to turn off any notifications that may pop up on screen and cause you to be distracted, and turn your phone on silent.
Consider where you will be joining the interview from and the background behind you. Choose a clutter free space with good natural lighting, and close any windows to avoid outside noise interrupting you.
Remember this is an interview – so dress appropriately. If you look good then you feel good and present your best self. Avoid bright colours and patterns though as these can look blurry on the screen.
Use the same conversational body language as you would in a face-to-face interview, and remember to pause slightly before answering a question as there can be a small time delay with some applications like Skype or Zoom.
Sitting a video interview can at first seem a little strange, but just like a face-to-face interview they are worth preparing for and showing your adaptability, resilience and best self.