Top 5 video interview tips for candidates

Top 5 video interview tips for candidates

Nearly all of our first stage interviews in 2021 were conducted via video link. We believe that this is one positive change that will stay in place moving forward as it is easier for both candidates and employers. This change however means that candidates need to consider a different set of variables in order to have a successful interview. Below are our top 5 video interview tips for candidates:

# 1 – Choose the right location

Your location is key. Choose a good location with a good mobile phone or Wi-Fi signal (or a wired connection). Ensure the location is quiet, and is somewhere you will not be disturbed or distracted. To appear best on screen you should use a computer rather than a phone or tablet, and position it in front of a window or light source. This will ensure that your face is clear on the video and minimise glare on the screen. Raise your screen up so that your camera is at eye level. This will help keep your chin up and ensure clearer speech.

# 2 – Check your technology

Interviews can be stressful, and if your technology fails at the wrong time it can really affect your performance. Use wired connections where possible, or at the very least make sure you have a full battery charge and strong wi-fi signal on all of your devices. If you are going to be using a program that you are unfamiliar with, download it beforehand and set up a call with a family member (or your recruiter if you are using one). Make sure you know how to turn the microphone and video on and understand how to share your screen if you are presenting documents.

# 3 – Prepare for the call

Research the company by visiting their website and social media pages. Make note of the products or services the company provides, and how the company demonstrates its culture and values. Review the job description / advert prior to interview. Have examples of when you have demonstrated the key skills or tasks associated with the vacancy. Prepare a list of questions that you may want to ask. This will demonstrate organisation and preparation on your part.

# 4 – Be aware of body language and facial expressions

When all you have to go on is a head and shoulders it can be difficult to get an impression of someone’s personality. One of the best ways to make a positive impact on the interviewer (and to help relax yourself), is to smile. If you are being interviewed by more than one person, a good tip is to exaggerate your movements slightly. Tilt your head when looking from one person to the next. Nodding when an interviewer is making a point could demonstrate you are listening… but be careful not to overdo it!

# 5 – Leave a lasting impression

At the end of the interview, you should thank the interviewer for their time. If working with the company is an opportunity that still interests you, make sure that you confirm this and ask what the next steps might be. If it is a close decision between you and another candidate, it might just be enough to tip the scales in your favour.

For more tips on both video and face to face interviews, as well as CV and cover letter writing visit the Candidate Support area on our website.