With many companies understandably not in any rush to get back into the office, Video interviews are going to continue to be the norm. Although interviewing via video call is not so different than meeting face to face there are some important points to consider to ensure things run as smoothly as possible and to give you the best chance of progressing to the next stage of the recruitment process. I’ve noted the key ones here:
Find a quiet, private, and appropriate spot to take your video call
Let your housemates or family members know you need the space and consider what is in view of your webcam when you interview and if you need to, blur your background!
Do a system check
At least 30 mins before your video call check that:
- Your internet connection is stable
- Your computer’s audio is working
- Your webcam is working
- Any non-essential web browser tabs and applications are closed
- Your phone on silent mode
Have a back-up plan in case there is an issue e.g. ensure your phone is charged and can be used for video calls or you can use it as a WiFi hotspot
Positioning your camera and lighting
Please practice the positioning of your camera before interviewing and do not forget about the lighting.
Our pet peeves at VisionFR during a video call are:
- When the camera is positioned too low down and we can see up a person’s nose
- We can only see half or part of your face
- You appear as just a silhouette. Lighting is important so a) try ensure there’s a light source in front of you (window, lamp etc) and b) don’t sit with you back to the window.
Check that the interviewer can see and hear you properly
It may sound obvious but once the call starts make sure the other party can hear and see you properly. We’ve had a couple of instances where video interviews have progressed with the interviewer being unable to see the candidate throughout the meeting. The interviewer has then fed back that the candidate’s camera wasn’t working only for this to come as a complete surprise to the candidate! Always check and try to resolve before commencing.
Think about what you are wearing
Imagine you are interviewing in person and really consider the type of business you are interviewing for when you dress. Ask your recruiter for tips if unsure.
Facial expressions and hand gestures
It is a lot harder to read someone’s body language over a video call so to show you are engaged when listening, nod and smile when relevant and when appropriate use hand gestures. Stay engaged with the camera and don’t cast your eyes away from the screen (you’ll be surprised how often people do this when on video calls!).
As with all interviews, always have examples of real situations to support your answers to interview questions, and do not be afraid to point out how you added value
We have noticed that employers are asking more questions to evaluate how you can add value to a business. For example:
- What challenges have you faced and how did you overcome them?
- Have you put any processes or systems in place that have improved efficiency?
- What are your strengths and why? (and weaknesses) – supported by real examples.
One of the best things about being on a video interview is you can have a piece of paper with examples to prompt you if needed.