Video Interview Tips

17 January 2020 by Mitch O'Brien

Preparing for an interview can be nerve racking at the best of times, but at least you can now do it in a comfortable, albeit unusual, setting: your own home!

Although you can relax before your interview starts (there will be no awkward waiting in reception!), an online interview will be much the same as a face-to-face interview once you get started, there are some things you should still bear in mind before heading over to our next blog; Tips for Interview Success!

Dress for the occasion

Although lockdown is limiting your current outfit choices, you really should dress professionally during any interview. It’s a good idea to wear something you would wear in your new office, so chose something with a collar. Getting dressed up will put you in the right mindset and stop you from falling into a comfy ‘ready for an afternoon nap’ state. You can always go for one after!

Background Check

When setting up your interview, chose somewhere quiet against a plain background. This will help minimise distractions and stop other members of your household walking into the frame. Nobody wants to see their interview stop listening to your answers to admire your lovely landscapes on the wall behind you. On the other hand, make sure there isn’t too much going on in front of you either – watching the cat knocking items off the kitchen side whilst you’re being interviewed is a no go.

Minimise Distractions

Make sure you focus on the interview and rid your space of any potential interruptions. Put the pets and children outside, turn off the TV and silence your phone, and think about anything else that could possibly make a sudden noise. If you have other members of your household with you, ensure that they are aware of what you and doing and how important it is.

Keep your eye on the prize

When on a video call, it’s easy to dart your eyes around the screen and get distracted. Place your interviewer’s face in the centre of your screen, underneath your camera, and try to focus on the camera when talking.

We suggest minimising all other programs, taking notes on paper rather than via keyboard. Having a copy of your CV to hand may also be handy – you can refer to it when asked any difficult questions.

Your second language

With your interviewer still face-to-face with you, its important to remember that body language will come into play. Try to keep your hands in front of you and be conscious of touching your face or covering your mouth. Writing notes is allowed and encouraged, and holding a pen might negate any sudden gestures.

The first draft

It’s worth having a practice call, whether on your own, with a friend/family member or your Build Recruitment consultant, to ensure everything is working correctly. Test your camera, your microphone and connection speed, and use this as an opportunity to adjust the height of your chair and angle of your screen.  

We wish you all the best in your interview – let us know how it goes!