Prepare for a Successful Video Interview

Due to the epidemic, video interviews have largely replaced face to face interviews and they will very likely be a common practise in the future, at least as a first stage of the interviews. It is important to treat the video conversations as you would in-person ones and to prepare yourself well to ensure the quality interview. We have gathered some tips to help you.



1) READ THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE

Have you received any instructions and guides for the interview? Ensure you read all the information you have, including details about the the person you will be talking with. Make a plan, what you are going to tell them, what is your selling point, what you would like to find out more, what they should know about you. A good practise is preparing a sheet with bullet points to help you with the interview.


2) AGREE ON YOUR AVAILABILITY

If the interview has been set up by an agency, contact the person you will be speaking with directly, introduce yourself and agree on time.


3) TEST YOUR EQUIPMENT

Check if you have the right contacts for the interview, that the person has access to the equipment you will be using or agree on some other platform. The last thing you want is to stress yourself about the devices not working properly and have a poor interview due to this.


4) SET UP A SPACE WITH NO DISTRACTIONS

In order to give the full attention to the person, ensure a quiet space, turn down any notifications and mute phones. With that you will show that you are really interested in talking, you respect the person and you will be able to focus more. For peace of mind, if you predict there could be some distractions happening which you cannot fully control, mention this possibility and ask for their patience if interruptions do happen.


5) LOOK GOOD

Make eye contact, sit up straight and nod to show you’re following along with what the candidate is saying. Don’t forget to smile! Dress appropriately, professionally, as you would in the office.


6) SHOW UP EARLY

Show up to the video interview five minutes early but switch off your video functionality while you wait. This will ensure you’re on time to the meeting, and you can continue to work or organize your space in the meantime.


7) TAKE NOTES

Take notes on the areas you should not forget but do inform the person about this and that you are still paying full attention to the conversation otherwise they may think you are not interested.


8) ASK CONSISTENT QUESTIONS

If you are talking with more people, ask a consistent set of questions as you can then compare and evaluate people's responses.


9) HAVE A BACK UP PLAN

Despite preparing and testing the equipment, video or audio functions can go wrong at anytime for different reasons, you may then switch to a phone call or you reschedule the interview. The other option is that you send them pre-recorded questions. You prepare a limited number of questions and to which the person can reply in peace and submit them in a file.



If you are prepared for the interview, this will give a good impression, it will show that you are interested in getting to know the person more, that you respect them and appreciate their time. A good interview will enable you to make a good representation and evaluation of who the person on other line is which will help you to decide about the next steps.

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