Here at Signature Recruitment we have been providing interview advice since inception, it is a core part of expertise and services. In recent times, more and more of our clients have been conducting virtual interview processes and so here are our top three tips for acing that video interview!
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” – Benjamin Franklin
To start us off we have prepared a checklist, we strongly advise that you prepare for a video interview in the same way that you would prepare for a face to face meeting. This checklist will help you ensure that your tech setup is appropriate for video interview and also includes some of the things we tend to miss when we’re a little bit anxious such as ensuring our other devices are switched to silent.
Our Top Three Tips to Acing That Interview!
Tip 1 - Keep eye contact
Keep eye contact, in a face to face interaction eye contact shows your engagement as the Interviewer is speaking, this is a little bit more difficult in a video set up. If you are the individual speaking, perhaps in response to a question, ensure you are looking directly at the webcam. If the Interviewer is speaking, it is ok to look at the screen or perhaps take notes.
Tip 2 - Dealing with interruptions
What should you do if you have an unpredicted interruption. Despite our best efforts Tech can be unreliable, we strongly advise that prior to the interview you secure a contact number for the Interviewer. If you experience a loss of connection, you can call the Interviewer to ask if they’re okay to wait whilst you troubleshoot or arrange an alternative that suits them best. Your home setup might not be as secure as a private office or meeting room, if someone is to enter the room unexpectedly, firstly apologise for the interruption, mute your mic, turn off your video and when you are able to secure the space resume your interview as soon as possible.
Tip 3 - Body language
Think about your body language. I advise keeping as still as possible on your interview, especially if you have a slower internet connection because a lot of movement can cause the image to freeze. A simple nod of the head or a wide smile will show your engagement as the interviewer is speaking.
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I hope that our checklist and three top tips are helpful, thank you for watching and GOOD LUCK!