Five top tips for video interviews

Even though the UK is facing some unprecedented circumstances, we are still working hard to support organisations in the search for new team members. Due to the limitations on social interaction, more of these companies are turning online as a way of facilitating interviews.

If you have a video interview coming up, check out our 5 top tips to make sure you that you make the right impression.

1. Find the right space

Make sure that you have the best set up possible for your video interview. This means finding somewhere that is quiet and private, so you are uninterrupted during your interview, but also somewhere that is well lit. Another thing to consider is what will be in the background of your call? You may love your detailed wallpaper or mixture of posters, but a neutral background will allow you to shine more.

2. Get your technology ready

Once you have found the perfect spot for your interview, you will need to make sure that you are set up for the video interview. Have you downloaded the software that they have asked you to use? Do you have a stable internet connection? Is your webcam working and set up at eye-level? Have you checked your audio? If possible, get a friend or family member to call you ahead of time on the system. This way you can have complete confidence in your technology and are not worrying at the last minute.

3. Dress to impress

Dress professionally and appropriately, as you would for a face-to-face interview. Not only will this help you get into the mindset that you are interviewing, but you will make a better first impression. Remember that this may not always mean a suit and tie, check out the company’s social media to see if you can ascertain their dress code and dress to match.

4. Get prepared

Make sure you have a pen, a notepad, a copy of your CV in front of you and some prepared questions. This way you can follow where the interviewer is referring to in your CV and make any notes that you may want to refer back to if they ask you for questions. Your keyboard may be a more efficient way to make notes, but consider the sound that it would make. Make sure to place your phone on silent mode ahead of time and get a glass of water nearby so that you can take time to pause.

5. Your body language is important

As you would face to face, remember to show the interviewer that you are engaged with what they are saying using nonverbal signs of active listening. These vary but can involve your eye contact, posture and verbal cues which are the small responses you make such as “uh-huh” and “yes”. Remember to nod and smile to show that you are understanding.

If things go awry, remember not to panic. Apologise for any interruptions, you can always mute your microphone or ask to reschedule.

As with all Interviews, they a two-way situation. It is your opportunity to decide if you would like the role and whether you would be a good fit for the organisation. Make sure to ask relevant questions and find out as much as you can.

Want to find out more tops tips for preparing to get a new job? Check out all our Pure Advice blogs and contact our consultants to talk through your applications.

Written by

Matilda Pilkington

A recent Ancient History graduate from the University of Kent, Matilda joined Pure in 2018 to support the Norwich HR & Office division as a Recruitment Resourcer. In 2020, Matilda joined our marketing team as Marketing Administrator.