10 steps to tackling a video interview
Video interviews manage to take away some of the stress from the interview process but mishaps can occur more often than you’d think. I was on Erasmus in Spain during the interview period so I had to conduct all of my interviews by phone or Skype.
- If interviewing from far away, agree on a suitable time. Doing an interview at 5am because it suits your interviewer isn’t exactly fair. Try to negotiate a time that suits both parties.
- Prepare some popular interview questions beforehand and have your CV at hand for when the interviewer refers to it.
- Make sure your laptop is in full working order with functioning Wi-Fi. These points are obvious but mustn’t be underestimated. Skype calls can turn into a cacophonous mess when internet is weak. If your connection weakens, don’t be too polite to tell the interviewer.
- In a video interview, you don’t get to wholeheartedly express your body language and your presence so you’ll have to work harder to ensure the interviewer is getting an accurate picture of your personality.
- Enunciate your speech and don’t rush. A clear voice and controlled speed are important aspects of a successful video interview. Take your time when responding to questions as this will convey confidence and command over your speech.
- Dress and groom appropriately.
- Have a backup plan. If Skype malfunctions (this happened to me), be prepared to complete a phone interview.
- Ensure your surroundings are reasonably quiet. Bin trucks and car horns are your worst nightmare. Ask your roommates or family to remain quiet.
- Tidy the area within camera view. Ensure the area behind you is clean and that nothing undignified is visible.
- Ideally use a room with lots of natural light. A dark room with a faint orange hue may produce a blurry image on the interviewers screen.