With so much of how we communicate changing over the last few years, it’s only natural that the interview and hiring process also reflects these communication changes. Over the last few years, video interviews have grown steadily in its use as part of the interview process by employers. At DFP, a significant amount of candidates are interviewed through video during the first round of interviews.
As the all important first impression is so vital to your interview success, we’ve put together a list of things we’ve come across from our many video interviews to help you succeed.
How to Prepare for Video Interviews
1.Find the best environment:Free wifi at a coffee shop may not be the best idea. Find a location free from noise and distraction offering good lighting in the background.
2.Have your questions ready
3.Dress as you would for an in-person interview:Points 2 & 3 should be no different than if you were at an in-person interview. Make sure you have prepared well with some questions to ask as well as notes regarding the position and company. Just because you may be at home, doesn’t mean you should dress casually. Ensure you look professional and presentable just as you would for an in-person interview.
4.Test your device:It’s always best to have a test interview so you know that the camera, sound, connection, lighting are all working properly. It will also give you a chance to see how you come across.
Things to consider during the Video Interview
1.Connection delays:The last thing you want is to talk over the interviewer or interrupt them, so wait a second before answering the questions, just in case the connection is weak.
2.Focus on the camera:Many of us often look at the screen instead of the camera. Ensure you locate where your camera lens is on your device and focus towards it. Don’t forget to smile and make eye contact when appropriate.
3.Watch your tone:Testing your device before hand will help you know what level of volume to attribute to your speaking tone. Try to speak in a conversational tone and behave as if you are at the actual interview.
A video interview offers more scope for a candidate to impress an employer in comparison to a phone interview. But at the same time, it can also be less forgiving, which makes getting it right more crucial in terms of advancing to the next interview stage.