Online interviews have quickly become part of the new normal, making it more important than ever for candidates to interview comfortably on video. Hiring managers from the world's leading businesses continue to stress how important it is for candidates to perform well during a virtual interview, and share the same key tips to getting it right.
Whilst preparation is key for all job interviews, online interviews can require a slightly different approach. So, what should you do if you want to perform well at your next video interview?
Dress the same way as you would for a professional face-to-face interview. This will put you in the right frame of mind, and negate any embarrassment if you need to stand up or move in front of the camera. Dark colours are typically best, so avoid overly white or bright patterned clothing.
Looking into the camera - rather than your image on the screen - will help you look as engaged as possible. Ensure a good posture and lean forward toward the camera to increase eye contact and allow the interviewer to better read your facial expressions.
Make sure your interview space is distraction free and reflects a professional setting - blank or neutral backgrounds are best. Before you start, test the angle of your lighting to avoid being shrouded in shadows. Try to find a room that minimises background noise such as traffic, phones ringing or people talking.
Notes can be particularly handy in a video interview, but use them sparingly. Reading notes or sounding too rehearsed will disrupt the natural flow of conversation, making you look under-prepared.
If you experience a technical glitch such as a weak connection or interference, ask the interviewer to repeat the question. If the problem continues, politely mention it and ask to reconnect to avoid missing any crucial information. Monitoring the speed and tone of your speech will also prepare you for any delays in communication. It’s important to test your equipment well in advance of the interview.
As with any face-to-face interview you’ll need to summarise your main points as well as thank the interviewer for his or her time, while confirming any next steps.
Skype interviews are a great way to get candidates in front of clients at short notice, and they are becoming an increasingly common trend in place of first round face-to-face interviews.
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