Rachael Brooks / 01 April

Video Call Interview Tips

There is no denying that COVID-19 has impacted a number of industries across the globe, including recruitment. However, we are fortunate to live in the Digital Age which has allowed companies and candidates alike to quickly adapt and adjust to today’s modified hiring processes. Video interviews have fast become the norm since the outbreak brought an abrupt halt to face-to-face interviews for the foreseeable future. The key to having a successful video call is preparation. Read on to find out our five tips before sitting down for your next video call interview.

  1. Choose your location in advance

Once the time and date of your video call has been scheduled, one of the first things to do is choose an appropriate location. You need somewhere that is quiet, free from distractions and well lit. Try and avoid having your interview with other people sitting in the same space as you. The interviewer will also be able to see your backdrop so make sure that it is tidy and clean – a plain wall or a professional office setting is ideal. Where possible, sit at a desk in a comfortable chair with your back straight and shoulders open. You do not want to be slouched as this will come across as unprofessional.

  1. Select an appropriate outfit

You may be at home but it is important to remember that this is still a job interview and you should be dressed appropriately. Wear the same outfit that you would have worn if you were going to the office to meet the interviewer in person. Try to avoid harsh patterns and bright colours as this may distract from what you’re saying.

  1. Be mindful of body language

It can be harder to build rapport via video and if it’s your first time using the technology you may find it awkward, but there are a few things you can do to engage with the interviewer. Eye contact is still important so when answering questions avoid the temptation to look at yourself on the screen and instead look directly into the webcam. When the interviewer is speaking, smile and nod your head to show that you’re actively listening and taking an interest in what they are saying. Fidgeting in your chair and looking away from the screen will come across as dismissive so sit still and remain focused.

  1. Go through your checklist on the day

On the day of your interview make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get yourself prepared. We’ve created this handy checklist to help you get ready:

  • Make sure that that your laptop/phone/tablet is fully charged.
  • Clear background/desk, leave out a notepad and pen.
  • Have a printed copy of your CV ready for you to reference (avoid reading from it and only use as a prompt).
  • Check that your webcam and audio is working. Make sure the room is well lit.
  • Check internet connection and close any tabs that you aren’t using.
  • Ensure that you won’t be disturbed either by locking the door or alerting others that you are having a call.
  • Get yourself a glass of water to have on the table.
  • Put your phone on silent.
  • Be ready to start 5-10 minutes before the scheduled time

        5. Don’t panic if things go wrong

As we all know, technology can sometimes be unreliable. Prior to starting, give the interviewer your mobile number so that they can call you if the video or audio stops working. If a loud noise interrupts the call (such as sirens) just apologise and ask for a few moments – you may want to mute the microphone. Equally, if someone enters the room unexpectedly, apologise to the interviewer and ask for a second. You should then mute your microphone and turn off the camera before dealing with interruption. Ensure that the room is secure before resuming the call.

These are unprecedented times but our consultants are here to help so get in touch with us at info@masonblake.com if you would like any further advice or to discuss your job search – we’d love to hear from you.

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