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How to prepare for a video interview

How to prepare for a video interview

Like it or not, online interviews are an increasing reality for many job-seekers. A poll conducted by Morgan Philips Group revealed that over 20% of candidates took part in a video interview in the last six months.

With the increased employment of remote workers, global working and advancements in mobile technology, the online interview is becoming a more attractive option for employers allowing them to see more candidates at lower cost.  

Here's how you can ensure you navigate the digital interview landscape to secure that dream job.

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The online trend started with high tech companies, but many diverse employers are increasingly aware of the many benefits of web based video interviewing. Skype, Google hangouts and specialist video conferencing facilities such as WebEx remain the preferred platforms of choice for many employers. But for candidates, understanding the process as well as how to manage the technology of the online interview is equally important. 

Here are 8 ways to shine in your online interview  


1.    Prepare ahead of time 

As you won’t be meeting your prospective employer face-to-face, think about emailing them any documents in advance of the interview that they need to see. We recommend two days before, to show them you’re keen, prepared and ready to tackle the interview. 

2.    Take a trial run

Ask a friend to take a trial run with you and video conference through Skype. They will be able to provide you with feedback, not only on your verbal performance but on the camera angles, how close you should sit to the camera, lighting and any other tips on adjusting your surroundings. 

3.    Dress to impress

Just because this is online, the rules do not change. While you might feel more comfortable wearing a pair of slippers, getting changed into a smart, professional outfit will help you to feel more confident and professional. Also, it's worth avoiding bold patterns and bright colours - they tend not to work well on screen.

4.    Look into the camera

It’s an easy mistake to make, but looking directly into the camera rather than the screen will help you to maintain eye contact with your interviewer. This exudes confidence and shows how at ease you are with the process and the camera. 

5.    Speak clearly

Ensure that your responses can be heard by the interviewer, speaking clearly and loudly into the microphone. It’s easy for background noise to be picking up by microphones so ensure all TVs and radios are switched off.

6.    Charge your battery

It’s a common mistake made by many candidates, but being prepared is vital. Some of the most common risks are your laptop battery dying, or a poor Wi-Fi connection interupting your intereview or stopping it altogether. Do a quick technical check 30 minutes before you kick off and this will save you a headache later.  

7.    Room with a view

Most candidates believe that interesting backgrounds will add to their chances and make them appear more interesting. We’ve heard of people setting up their laptops in an impressive looking library or a prestigious country house with elaborate plants and ornaments on show. Our advice is to keep it simple. A blank wall will not distract your interviewer and will mean that all eyes are on you.

8.    Treat it like a real interview

Whether your interview is at home or at a serviced office, take the same time and dedication to prepare for the interview as you would for a face-to-face and you're bound to make a good impression. 

Video is a powerful way to demonstrate your skills, experience and personality. If you're interested in getting your name in front of potential employers, creating a video CV is a great way to go about it. Click here for our guide to creating a powerful video CV.

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