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Video interview tips: How to prepare for a remote interview

Monday 16th March 2020
Due to advances in the reliability and availability of video conferencing software, remote interviews are becoming increasingly commonplace, especially at first stage. While they’re essentially designed to serve the same purpose as a face-to-face meeting, they can often be an entirely different experience to a more traditional exchange in person. However, making a good first impression remains imperative, so there are measures and behaviours to make yourself aware of before sitting down to be interviewed.

While there may be the possibility of a phone interview being requested, these are rarely formal stages during the recruitment process as hiring managers anymore, and tend to be a precursor to a meeting in person or via video. Given the current global climate surrounding Covoid-19, the preference for video conferencing is obviously growing in line with the advice provided by healthcare professionals, so this is also worth keeping in mind over the next few weeks and months.

So, how do you prepare for a video interview?

Be mindful of your technology

You should be provided with adequate notice for your interview to ensure the technology you have available to you is in full working order. Most conferencing software is now compatible with smartphones and tablets – as well as laptops and desktop computers – which should have the inbuilt speakers, microphone and camera that you require.

Always test that these are operational, make dummy calls to people you know to double check that everything is being received well on their end, and this then removes any worry on the day of being undone by a technical mishap, which may reflect poorly on your candidacy if it’s clear you’ve failed to prepare.  

Take account of appearance

Not only should you make sure you’re presentable by dressing professionally and holding yourself in the same formal, polite manner you would in person, but there are additional concerns about your surroundings that should also be taken into account. Ensuring that you’ll be situated in a quiet, private area is essential, so that the conversation isn’t ever interrupted and both yourself and your prospective employer can hear and be heard as clearly as possible.

You should also be mindful of what can be seen behind you by the camera – unmade beds and messy homes should be avoided, so if possible, sitting with your back to a clear wall would be ideal. If that’s not achievable, then having a tidy field of view behind you is a must.  

Don’t discount transferable skills

While you may not be with your prospective employers in person, they will still be looking to judge your level of enthusiasm and engagement for the position being discussed. In exactly the same way you would for an interview in person, you should speak confidently and clearly, remove any distractions from around you and give your interviewer your complete, unbroken attention.

Not only should you have researched the role and company, but you should have questions prepared to ask back, with the right level of technical preparation done to ensure any competency-based questions can be answered in an appropriately knowledgeable manner. 

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