I jumped at the chance to do my first one-way video interview, which funnily enough led to where I am now. Many people see this as a chance to put their best foot forward and prove their worth right now, as opposed to someone getting to the pile of resumes when they have a chance. Admittedly, not everyone sees it this way but if you really want the job and know you’re a great fit then why not take 5-10mins out of your day. Here are a few tips to ensure you put your best self on display:
1. The sooner the better
Many employers like to watch the videos as they come in so the sooner you complete your video the sooner you are likely to be seen. If you truly wow the hiring manager then there is a strong chance you will be invited for a face-to-face interview immediately. Don’t be discouraged though if this doesn’t happen, not all hiring managers work this way.
2. Location, location, location!
Choose a nice quiet place to set up and do your interview, a plain simple background and no noise to cause distractions. Good lighting is very important too.
3. Recording device setup
A laptop is the easiest option as the camera is static and directly in your eye-line. However, many people prefer to use their smartphone and that’s perfectly fine but make sure you set it somewhere stable rather than holding in your hands and do your best to look at the camera rather than the screen. This is sometimes not as easy as it sounds!
A video interview is really not that much different from your standard interview. Very important that you study the job description carefully and do your research on the company. There’s a very good chance they will ask you what you know about the company to check you have prepared and have a genuine interest. Have examples prepared to detail situations where your experience is relevant to the position requirements.
5. Practice makes perfect
Some platforms will allow you to do practice questions and some will even give you the questions so you can prepare before the interview starts. If you do get the questions in advance, script out your answers and the examples you intend to share as best you can. If you aren’t given the answers in advance simply prepare to answer standard interview questions about your experience and challenges you’ve had to overcome. Don’t script too much though you still want to come across naturally!
6. Dress to impress
Don’t just do the interview in whatever you are wearing at the time the interview comes through, or in your Sunday casual wear. Dress professionally as though you were going to a face-to-face job interview. On the upside, the camera will only show your top half so you only need to dress half your body professionally!
Have a glass of water handy. Most interviews take approx 5mins but they can run for 10-15mins. Generally, the recording will pause briefly while you read the next interview question so water can be a welcome relief.
8. Best foot forward
With preparation complete, this is your time to shine, be alert and enthusiastic. Annunciate and speak clearly, don’t mumble or whisper. Sit up straight, make eye contact and smile. Body language is extremely important and often says more about you than what you are actually saying. Often they will ask at the end of the interview if there is anything you would like to add, take the opportunity to share anything valuable that you didn’t get to share in the recording.
Ultimately, technology will continue to play a major part in the way companies are hiring so best to embrace it, be yourself and show them what you’ve got!