With the advancing recruitment age, it’s even easier to attend an interview, even if you are the other side of the world! This is making changing and enhancing our careers as simple as one, two, three and opens up opportunities to step into a new job easier than before. Saving time on travel, especially if the new role is a fair distance away is making Skype / Facetime interviews more and more popular with recruiters and employers, not just for international recruitment.
If for whatever reason, you can’t make an interview, rather than cancelling and missing out, ask whether a video call would be an acceptable alternative. It means that the interview can take place in the comfort of your own home, or a familiar location of your choice, and use technology you are used to. Despite this, interviews are still nerve racking and you still have to prepare like you would if you were attending in person.
The following advice will help ensure you’re ready to take on the challenge:
Test the technology
As we all know too well, technology always fails on us when we rely on it the most. Test the connection on your laptop, tablet or phone beforehand with a friend to ensure it works. Make sure that the webcam is on as well as the microphone. You can’t expect your interviewer to lip read! Also, make sure your profile picture is appropriate and not one of you sat in the sunshine with cocktails in hand.
Dress smart – at least the top half!
You may be in the comfort of your own home, but looking presentable is still key to the impression you make within the first few minutes of being on camera. If you are sat down, then they won’t see the bottom half, unless you stand up or reach over for notes.
Choose a good location
Research has shown that some people find that being interviewed in the privacy of their living room or another quiet place is actually more relaxing than a face-to-face interview, so take a deep breath and relax. Make sure you are somewhere with minimal distractions and noise, where an animal isn’t likely to jump up and strut across your keyboard. Yes, we have been there.
Take time to respond to questions
Just like a face to face interview, take the time to process the question that has been asked and if you need to, ask the interviewer to put it into context or rephrase the question if you are confused. You don’t want to end up rambling on for 5 minutes about something that hasn’t been asked yet.
Listen to the tone of your voice
Because you cannot gage the other person’s body language as easily as you would in person, think about the tone of voice instead and continue to sound positive and enthusiastic at all times throughout the interview from start to finish.
Make a list of questions and pointers
Being interviewed by video presents a few advantages. It is possible to have your notes either on screen or printed out for your reference. Use these discreetly if you need to otherwise it will look as though you have lost interest and gazing out of the window. Don’t get distracted with your face in the bottom corner of your screen and begin to readjust your hair and pout.
Look into the camera
If you were sat with the interviewer face to face you would be looking them straight in the eye during your conversation – this is no different when it comes to video interviews. Look into the camera and stay focused on your interviewer at all times.
Bear in mind, also, that although you aren’t physically in the same room as the interviewer, you should maintain the same levels of professionalism. If you cannot hear the interviewer due to interference or connection problems, there is no shame in asking them to repeat the question. Also, if your connection is lost during the call, don’t let it throw you into confusion. Simply call them back or wait for them to return the call, and explain what happened. Good luck!