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5 Step Guide To Successful Video Interviews

13.03.20 · Industry News

If you are currently in the job market, then the chances of you needing to do a video interview in the next month or two are pretty high considering the current pandemic.

A video interview should be treated with the same amount of preparation as a normal interview, however there will obviously be some differences that you need to take into consideration.

First, there are two types of video interview.  A live interview and a pre-recorded interview. Either type of interview may take place in your home or with your recruiter, whichever you find most convenient. If you are using the services of a specialist recruitment agency such as Vickerstock, you can avail of the complimentary video conferencing service in our office. If you are going to do the interview from home or another location here are a few tips to help you out:


  1. Set up your laptop or device in advance so that you can see yourself and your background. Make sure there is nothing in the background that may be distracting for the interviewer and ensure you are in a well-lit part of the room. If possible, it is best to check everything is working a few days before the interview to avoid any last-minute technical issues.
  2. Ensure you will have a quite environment in which to take video call. Keep your phone on silent, and if there are other people in the house ask them not to disturb you. If you are disturbed for some reason for example by a friend, family member or pet walking into the room unexpectantly, simply apologise to your interviewer, ask to be excused for a moment and turn of your camera and mute your mic while you deal with the disturbance. Once your area is once more secure and quiet, start up the interview again.
  3. Remember the importance of eye contact and that this is achieved by looking at the camera and not the screen. Most cameras are positioned above the screen and so when you look at the screen you are actually looking down from the point of view of the person interviewing you. You can counter this by sitting a little bit back from your device. This will keep your eye position more natural and it will be less noticeable if you are moving between looking at the screen and looking at the camera.
  4. If you have a slow, weak or unreliable internet connection it would be best to turn off all other devices connected to you modem so you can use the full bandwidth for your interview i.e. make sure there is not someone watching Netflix in another room. It is also worth closing any other programs or tabs on your device which you are not using.
  5. Dress as you would for a face-to-face interview and come with the same preparation such as a job spec, your own CV and any questions you want to ask for reference along with a note pad and pen. Remember you are at the mercy of your device’s camera and microphone which are not always great. Sit straight, smile, try not to move about too much or too quickly and speak with a clear steady voice. With your clothing it is best to avoid black, white and bright colours. Also, tight patterns can be a problem as cameras have more difficulty with processing this type of imagery so plain shirt and tie combinations are best.


Pre-recorded interviews

These are generally done as part of screening early in the selection process and can take different forms. Depending on the company you are interviewing for you may be presented with questions written on screen to answer, there may be an animated AI asking the questions or there could be pre-recorded video or audio of someone asking you questions. This may seem weird and feel awkward if you are not used to recording yourself, however it should be taken seriously, and you should answer as you would in a real interview.


Live video interview

This is essentially a regular face to face interview except by way of video call. You may be speaking with one or more interviewers and you should treat the conversation as you would in a regular interview. It is important that you are logged into whatever software is being used and ready to start at the designated time.  It is best to ask for your interviewer’s phone number at the start of the interview if you do not already have it, as this will enable you to call them should you experience any technical difficulty.


Whether you are doing a pre-recorded or live interview at home or in the office, it is always advisable to speak with your recruiter beforehand for support and guidance.


For more information on current job opportunities, CV advice, interview preparation and market insights, please contact Vickerstock today in total confidence on 028 9031 3720 or email info@vickerstock.co.uk.

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