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To nail your video interview with your future employer follow this guide from start to finish. If you require further information please contact our recruitment consultants who will be happy to help.


Set Up & Preparation

  • Set up your software for your video interview (make sure your username is professional). Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and Microsoft Teams are all reliable and easy to use
  • Test your software to avoid any mishaps on the day
  • Practice with your friends or family by using the camera on your phone, laptop or tablet. Concentrate on how your body language looks and ask them for feedback on your video interview.
  • Make sure both you and your interviewer have all details required to log in at least 2 days prior to the interview
  • Make sure your laptop, phone or tablet is charged and ready to go before the interview
  • Choose a location in your home that’s free from the distractions of children, roommates or pets. Make sure the background is free from clutter such as laundry or dirty dishes!
  • Dress to impress, as you would in a normal face-to-face interview
  • Log in five or 10 minutes early so you can be calm and centered when the video interview begins.
  • Have a printed copy of your CV beside you during the interview
  • Project your voice to avoid any misunderstandings in communication. As with any technology, there may be a slight delay so remain calm and have patience.

The Video Interview

  • Maintain plenty of eye contact and smile (but not to much!)
  • Don’t talk too much – watch for any signs of boredom in the interviewer
  • Avoid jargon
  • Don’t fidget with your hair, pen, etc.
  • When you’re listening, nod and smile when appropriate to communicate that you’re giving them your full attention
  • Presentation – first impressions are vital. Research consistently highlights on-the-spot decision making by interviewers based on how the candidate comes across in the crucial first few minutes
  • Build a rapport – remember the interviewer is not only assessing your skills and experience, but also whether they think you are a good fit for their company. It is important to try to develop a rapport with your interviewer
  • Be positive and enthusiastic about the job and the company. Enthusiasm can sometimes compensate for not possessing the right experience
  • Research the company, its products or services, competitors, company accounts, etc. Prepare for any questions you want to ask
  • Be ready for the questions you will be asked – interviews are notoriously predictable. Anticipate the questions and prepare your answers
  • Make sure you know your own CV and be able to speak about your experience fluently

What happens if something goes wrong?

With technology, there’s always a chance things could go wrong. Here are some backup plans to have ready just in case.

  • Don’t panic!
  • Before the interview make sure to ask the interviewer for their phone number so that you can call them if the video or audio cuts out during the interview
  • If noises (sirens, construction, kids, housemates, etc.) interrupt your video interview, apologise for the interruption and ask for a few moments until the noise has subsided. You can also mute the microphone if the noise is severe.
  • If a family member, housemate or pet enter the room while you’re interviewing, apologise to the interviewer, ask for a few moments, mute your microphone and turn off your camera, and then step away to deal with the interruption. Make sure that the room is secure before beginning the interview again.

General Questions in a Video Interview

  • Tell me a bit about yourself (A short, concise presentation of yourself is what is required – a couple of minutes in length)
  • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?
  • What do you consider to be your biggest strengths and weaknesses?
  • What do you see yourself doing five to ten years from now?
  • How did you choose your college/qualification, etc.?
  • How would you describe the ideal position for you?
  • What kind of people do you find most difficult to work with?
  • Do you prefer to work alone or in a group?
  • What two or three things are most important to you in a job?
  • How do you feel about travel? On average, how many nights a week would you be willing to stay away from home?
  • How is your experience relevant to our work?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What is your salary expectation?

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