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Preparing for a video conference interview

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Despite the recent lockdown our clients are moving full steam ahead with their hiring processes, and rather than putting things on hold are opting to move their interviews online to take place via Video Conference.

We know that this can be a very unsettling experience for anybody (candidate or client), so we have put together a bit of a tip sheet so that you can be well prepared!

Preparation

  • Firstly, treat this like a traditional interview and prepare in the same way! You can check out our tips on preparing for an interview here - https://bit.ly/3Acg7Rc

Technology

  • The likelihood is that the interview will be conducted via Microsoft Teams or Zoom, and the interviewer or recruiter should send you a link via an email or calendar invite.

  • You will need a laptop with a webcam. Whilst a monitor isn’t essential, it can help with positioning, and some headphones can help with sound and cut out any echo.

  • Ensure you have a strong internet connection.

  • Download the relevant software well in advance to make sure it works properly, and even do a test call a day or two before the interview to make sure your camera and audio are right. Talking from experience the last thing you want to in an interview is to have to start fiddling around with your camera beforehand! (First impressions still count in a VC!).

Location Location Location

  • It’s not a deal breaker, but ideally find a simple, neutral background in a room that has plenty of light. It helps with the lighting on the call, and gives your interviewer minimal distractions!

  • Find a private, quiet, and bright location in your home where you won’t be interrupted. The last thing you want is to end up like this guy!

The interview

  • Make sure to get online early (10-15 minutes) to get yourself settled, prepared, and make everything is working properly.

  • Ensure you have a clear desk/workspace, a pen, paper, and a copy of your CV and the job description if one is at hand. And don’t forget a glass of water!

  • This is optional, but some candidates prefer to minimise the box where you can see yourself, so you don’t get distracted!

  • Make sure you still have small talk! Although a VC can sometimes feel more formal, it’s great to still ask some opening questions and really take the opportunity to get to know your potential employer.

  • Always look at the camera when addressing the interviewer

  • As you have probably experienced, the call may freeze at some point, or there may be a delay in the sound. If this does happen, try not to get flustered and speak slowly and clearly. It should work itself out pretty quickly!

At the end of the interview, when asked if you have any questions, make sure you use that time to ask any burning questions and really make sure the company and the job is right for you.

Our biggest tip of all…… just relax! This shouldn’t be no different from another interview.

Good luck!