Video Interviews became far more popular during the Covid-19 pandemic with offices shuttered. Hiring managers were forced to interview on video platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Webex. While it’s a different experience from an in-person interview, here are several key things to remember for a video interview.
Dress to Impress
While it’s only a video interview and the hiring manager won’t see below the shoulders, it’s worthwhile dressing as you would for an in-person interview. Not only does it get you in the mindset for a proper interview, but it will also show the interviewer that you’re still professional.
While you can hold a conversation on a video call, we also communicate through body language. While you can’t use body language to show your confidence, eye contact is a significant factor for video interviews.
Knowing where to look during your video interview is important. It’s only natural that you’ll look at your interview on the screen, but try to avoid getting distracted by the little rectangle of you – that can be off-putting and damage your chances in the interview. Occasionally, make sure you look directly at the camera to ensure the interviewer doesn’t feel disconnected.
When taking a video interview, make sure you sit up straight and avoid slouching in your chair. A good posture on-camera looks far more professional than hunched over in your seat. If you find yourself slouching throughout the interview, use a cushion to keep you sitting upright and professionally.
Nod, Smile and Leaning
It’s more difficult to convey genuine interest on a video call as body language is mostly silent and mostly off-camera. Therefore, you may need to give other indications that you’re interested in what the interviewer is saying. Nodding, smiling and leaning forward can all give positive indications for the interviewer.
If your interviewer is discussing the responsibilities of the role, nodding along in understanding can really help your cause (even more if it’s paired with a qualifying question at the end). It’s also worthwhile leaning forward slightly when they’re talking – it appears as though you’re keen to listen closely to what they’re saying.
It might sound simple, but make sure you have prepared your technology in advance. Ensure your laptop is fully charged, connected to a high-speed, stable internet connection, and the camera and microphone are in full working order. We would recommend using a laptop, yet whatever device you use, make sure it’s stable throughout – nothing looks more unprofessional than a shaky camera that looks like an interview during a job.
If your video interview is via a platform you haven’t used before, be sure to download it in advance and check the app work ahead of the call. Consider asking a friend to join a test meeting that you’ve set up on the platform to ensure they can hear and see you (and vice versa).
Prepare your Answers
For any in-person interviews, you would likely prepare some answers for standard questions and its no different for video interviews. In fact, candidates have the added bonus of keeping the answers out of sight of the interviewer – try sticky notes around your screen. Standard questions include:
- Tell me a little bit about yourself
- Why are you looking for a new role?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Video interviews share a lot of similarities with in-person interviews. While candidates can demonstrate improved knowledge or preparedness with answers, it’s more difficult to build a rapport with the hiring manager, though most will be aware of this nowadays. With our tips, you will be far more confident ahead of your video interview.
And last of all – good luck!