Preparing For Video Interviews

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There is no denying many traditional ways of work are being altered right now, and will likely be changed going forward. There has been a significant increase in people working from home, and there is an increase in people interacting via video technology. Therefore, it is likely many more businesses will offer video interviews for candidates.

Some of the reasons video interviews are preferred by companies:

  • The current situation means video interviews are likely to be commonplace, but there are many reasons why companies will ask you to undertake a video interview, including:
  • Video interviews are cheaper to organise than in-person interviews
  • These interviews are quicker to arrange and organise
  • Video interviews allow for a fairer range of candidates to be interviewed, both financially and geographically
  • Footage from the video can be analysed later
  • Candidates will hopefully feel more relaxed and comfortable, allowing them to engage more effectively
  • A video test is an excellent way to check a candidate’s technical capabilities

So, with so many reasons for companies to arrange a video interview, candidates should prepare themselves for this possibility.

How to set up for your video interview

Before the video interview starts, you should take time to set up, making sure you know how to use the system, and that you can present yourself in the best manner. Most companies will provide you with information to follow to set up, so be sure to adhere to these steps.

However, you should make sure you have a webcam and that it is working. Also, consider the lighting of the room and how you position yourself. You should be in the shot, and if you can position yourself so the camera is just above your eye-level. You should look to have the light at an angle, in front of you.

You also need to consider the background of your shot. You don’t want to offer a messy or cluttered background. Before you are due to go live or record, test your connection, and the shot. You can even test your internet speed if you want to be confident. Also, make sure you check your mic and speakers, which will help you hear the interviewer, and answer confidently.

How to prepare for the interview itself

Preparing for a video interview is no different from preparing for an actual interview. This includes how you look, so make sure you dress appropriately, and as if you were meeting people in person. Research the questions you are most likely to be asked, and prepare answers for these questions.

You should also review your CV and application, so you can expand on its contents. You should also prepare stories or examples, helping you to create a fuller answer.

Your body language in a video interview is crucial, and it impacts how you are perceived. Try not to fidget, and try to look directly at the camera. It is also vital you sit up straight, and don’t slouch during the interview.

Try to speak clearly and loudly.

Video interviews will likely feature prominently for many companies. You must prepare for these interviews, as this will enhance your chances of success. If you would like more guidance and training on video interviews, please contact Global Solution Services today, and we will be happy to assist you to feel more confident about video interviews.

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