How to Prepare for a Video Interview

With more and more clients moving to video interview’s with the current situation we find ourselves in we thought it would be beneficial to share our top tips on how to prepare for a video interview. Check out our previous article on how to prepare for an interview. 

Get to grips with the tech! 

Each video platform is slightly different, and some even require you to download software, so whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned pro, it is always important to thoroughly read the instructions provided and if possible have a trial run. While mistakes do happen, they could indicate a lack of care and preparation.

Location, location, location

While video interviewing gives you the capacity to interview anywhere, no one wants to see the clothes on your bedroom floor! Also, busy locations with background noise or action are not great; you want the person conducting the interview to be focused solely on you; any distractions may hinder the impact of your answers, no matter how great the content!   

First impressions count! 

Just because the location may be informal, does not mean you should be. We advise you dress as you would normally for an interview, this will also help put you in the right mindset. One of the benefits of video is that clients can still observe body language, so make sure you smile and hold strong posture throughout.

Be personal

We will have given you with the name of the client along with their LinkedIn profile, so greet them with their name and introduce yourself at the start of the video to ensure you engage with them immediately.

No technical faults

Wherever you decide to set yourself up, make sure the area is well-lit so the viewer can clearly see you and check that the audio on your microphone is working. We find that actually, the microphone and camera quality on your phone is usually better than your laptop unless you have a separate webcam and mic. Just make sure you can prop your phone up as if you hold it will be prone to movement and this is just distracting. 

Make eye contact

This is the biggest challenge, in our opinion, when video interviewing. To maintain eye contact, you need to be looking into the camera as opposed to the screen. This will allow you to build a better rapport with the hiring manager despite them not being physically present at the time.

If you would like to discuss any more of these points on how to prepare for a video interview then do get in touch.