In recent years video platforms have been increasingly utilized as a tool by businesses, both internally and externally, for an array of applications. However, over the last six months, these platforms have become more important than ever and are now essential for companies during the recruitment process. Moreover, if you’re considering changing career path in this current climate, then a video interview is likely to be a core component. While it can seem intimidating, having the confidence to be able to perform well in a video interview is vital for today’s world. As a result of this, 2i Recruit have broken down some tips and tricks to help you be as prepared as possible for your next video interview.
- The importance of eye contact – Just as you would during a regular interview, it’s vital that you are able to keep the correct level of eye contact via video. This might be something that you need to practice with a friend or family member first so that you’ve perfected it before the real interview.
- Utilize your home environment – It is a huge advantage to be able to spend the 30 minutes prior to the interview at home, as opposed to waiting in a reception area. To get into the right mind-set, try some deep breathing exercises to clear your head and make sure you are hydrated to maintain the optimum level of focus during the interview.
- Dress appropriately – Making sure you have the correct attire for your interview is vital for success, as your appearance is the first thing your interviewer will notice about you. Be sure to dress smart and look the part.
- Understanding and utilizing non-verbal cues – Even if your interview is taking place via a screen, you can still expect your interviewer to be looking at the expression on your face and your body language to pick up extra information about you. Hold yourself as you would if you were in the room with the interviewer and respond with enthusiasm and interest.
- Shut out all distractions – Turn off your phone, leave the cat outside and make sure you’ll be alone in the room during your interview. Moreover, try to avoid getting any deliveries during the time that you’ve blocked out for the interview so that you have no extraneous influences that could potentially break your concentration.
- Have a professional-looking set-up – The background that you have can help to create a positive first impression – it’s better to be sitting on an office chair against a blank wall than to be perched on your sofa looking like you’re about to binge a box set.
- Check your equipment and interview details – Just as you would prepare for a job interview ‘in real life’ by checking your route and having a back up plan, make sure you’re ready for a video interview in the same way. For example, have you checked the interview time, have you got the correct video sharing platform installed and what are your options if your technology fails? These are some of the questions you must ask yourself to ensure you are properly prepared.
We here at 2i Recruit hope that these tips help you with any video interviews you complete in the future. Moreover, please do not hesitate to send your CV across to our website if you are interested in any of the opportunities that we are currently recruiting for.