Video Interview Tips

27 May 2022 by Hannah McCloud

Prepping for an interview is nerve racking at the best of times, but at least you can do it in the comfort of your own home now.  

Despite not having to make the journey or awkwardly waiting in reception, an online interview is very much the same as a face-to-face interview when you get started. 

Here are some things you should consider alongside the tips our last blog covered! 

Dress for the occasion  

Remember it’s still an interview, so make an effort! Dressing
like you would if it was an in-person interview is always a good idea. Getting dressed up in an outfit you feel confident and comfortable in will put you in the right mindset and stop you from falling into a slump.  

Background Check  

When setting up for your interview, make sure you have a quiet space with a plain background. This will minimise distractions and stop people wandering past in the background. The last thing you want is for your interviewer to be distracted by something behind you, especially whilst you are answering a question. In contrast, make sure there isn’t too much going on in front of you either;  although the cat knocking items off the kitchen side cannot always be stopped, don’t let it interfere with your interview! 

Minimise Distractions 

Be sure to focus on the interview and get rid of distractions around you. Turn off your TV and put your phone on silence and be aware of anything else that could make a sudden noise. If you have other members of your household with you, ensure that they are aware of what you are doing and how important it is. 

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

On a video call it’s easy to dart your eyes around the screen and get distracted. Make sure to place your interviewer’s face in the center of your screen, just below your camera, and try to maintain eye contact with your camera whilst talking.  

We would suggest minimizing all other tabs and using a pen and paper to take notes instead a keyboard. It’s also a good idea to have your CV to hand whilst having your interview- which is handy to refer to it when asked any difficult questions.  

Your Second Language  

Remember you’re still face to face with your interviewer, so body language will come into play. Try to keep your hands in front of you and be aware of covering your mouth and touching your face. Writing notes will always be allowed and encouraged, and something as simple as holding a pen might help you stay steady.  

The First Draft 

It’s always a good idea to have a practice call, whether that’s on your own, with a friend/family member or your Build Recruitment consultant! Just make sure everything is working properly, test your camera, your microphone and connection speed. Also take this opportunity to adjust the height of your chair and angle of the screen.  

Good luck and don’t forget to check out our other guides with plenty more tips.

Make sure you check out last weeks guide; Tips For Interview Success!