It is 2020 and times are changing. With technology, social media and gadgets taking over the planet, companies are now thinking of tech-savvy ways to interview their candidates. It is becoming more common for employers to request a video CV rather than meeting face to face, after all, it saves time. Here are some useful tips to help you get ready for your video interview.
1 - Do your research – Preparation is key
You want to show the company that you’ve done your research, this is your chance to really show off – make sure you have researched the company, its values and what they specialise in. Showing you have invested time into the process will help you to stand out from others. This gives you the advantage to slip in any facts and figures you may have picked up through your research and really impress your audience. If you have access to the questions, make sure you take notes and get to grips, but overall just make sure you read and follow the instructions carefully.
2 - Choose your location wisely
I would highly suggest you plan in advance where you are going to do the video interview. Chose a quiet location, where you are unlikely to be disturbed. Make sure your surroundings are clean and tidy. The background needs to be simple, so the employer can focus on you and only you. (Keep adults, children, and pets away – basically, just lock yourself away!)
3 - Get Technical
Ensure that you have a reliable device that you can complete the video interview on. Make sure that the camera quality is clear, and the sound quality is up to scratch. On the day of the video interview, make sure your device is fully charged and connected to the internet to avoid any technological glitches. If your internet at home is untrustworthy, try going to a local library or a friend’s house.
4 - Dress to impress
Research the company culture beforehand, this will give you a good idea of what is acceptable to wear and what is not. To be safe, dress as though you are meeting with the director of the company. If you wouldn’t wear it to a real-life interview, then it’s probably not right for a video interview either. Although you are in the comfort of your own home you still want to make a good first impression. Use the theme of ‘business attire’ to opt for a safe option.
According to recent research by Monster.co.uk the top things which make or break an interviewer’s first impression - this doesn't differ for a video interview!
- A candidate’s timekeeping (96% managers agree this is influential)
- Level of a candidates interview preparation (93% agree)
- Ability to hold eye contact (82% agree)
- Personal appearance (73% agree)
5 - Let your personality shine through
Always be yourself. No one wants to watch a robotic interview. Personality will be the first feature that attracts the employer to you, so go with the flow and show them what you're made of! You're not in the room, so there will be a slight lack of body language communication, so when listening, remember to nod and smile to show that you are engaged. And remember, if this opportunity doesn’t work out there is always next time. Try your best as it is the best you can do!