The quest for job can be somewhat tiring and unpredictable. No one likes to get stuck in the process for too long.
So, you’ve pieced together a killer CV, forwarded series of letters and mails to various reputable companies and finally, you’ve gotten a response: the recruiter having scanned through your qualifications have selected you as a candidate for the interview. Congrats!
But there’s something more: it’s a video interview.
Never heard about that? Well, some companies uses video interview at the initial stage of the interview process to screen out large number of candidates. Afterwards, the successful ones will then be called for a face-to-face interview.
Some people prefer the idea of video interview because it saves them the stress of traveling and obeying too many formalities, when in the company’s premises.
On the other hand, many people dislike the idea of video interview but unfortunately for them, nothing can be done. Companies will always work according to their terms, not yours.
And so, if you’re that candidate that has been selected for a video interview or any other interview which you don’t know what format it will take or, you’ve got no idea on how to smash it, this guide is what you need.
In light of that, the following section will provide you with tips on how to pass through the interview process successfully.
Tips On How To Smash Your Next Video Interview
Choose A Nice Location
Your choice of location has a major influence on the interview process. If you want to go live from your room, make sure the background is clean and simple. Don’t show up in a colorful, stylish background to avoid distracting the interviewer.
Try making provision for light. Opening the windows strategically to utilize natural light is often the best choice. If on the other hand you are not disposed to such opportunity, you can use artificial light to gain brightness. Either way, be sure to provide a neutral light; you don’t want to put the interviewer through the stress of seeing you.
Finally, your choice of location should be noise-free. Inform family and friends about not getting disturbed during the time of the interview. Be sure to shut the door to avoid unexpected entry.
Start Off Politely
You should start off the interview process by politely, greeting the interviewer by their name, adding also their professional title.
For any reason at all, don’t seem unprepared by starting up the video late or greeting with a dull tone as this is a big turnoff for the interviewer. You instead want to start up the video at the appointed time and greeting the interviewer with great enthusiasm.
Have A Reference Sheet
In this regard, a reference sheet is a hard copy of key points from your resume or CV, which you will need in the course of the interview. It is wise you also prepare at least two questions you’ll ask the interviewer regarding the role you are applying for and jot them down on the reference sheet.
In an event where the interviewer ask you to walk him/her through your resume or CV, instead of talking randomly without a guide, you can easily depend on your reference sheet to give a well put-together narrative.
Another reason to consider having a cheat sheet is because, some people tend to get nervous in the interview process and may speak out of context. But with a reference sheet, your statements and dispositions will be properly guided.
Lastly, while depending on the reference sheet, your narratives should flow naturally so you don’t sound like a dumbass reading from a script.
If you have any kind of loquacious tendency, ditch it! It doesn’t work here.
Even when you might be tempted to start speaking about your whole qualifications which in most cases can be boring to your interviewer, just jot down the most important ones and briefly talk on them when the interviewer gives you room to talk.
No fast talking. Learn to use the pause technique. Take a breath after some length of talk. Your responses should be fully planned ahead in your brain before giving it out, this helps to save you from the “ums” factor or even sliding into a bizarre silence. That would be bad for you if it ever happens.
Also, provide time for the interviewer to interject into the conversation and do not fail to use a bright face in the course of the interview.
Keep A Good Posture
Never make it difficult for the interviewer to get a panoramic view of you. Psychologically, posture is used to gauge the level of confidence in a person. And confidence is something your interviewer needs to see in you.
For that reason, do not slouch or exhibit any form of diffidence through your posture. Rather, sit upright and place the device at your facial level, allowing the interviewer to get a balance view of you.
Furthermore, make a good eye contact with the interviewer, looking directly to the screen. Avoid unnecessary gestures like touching your face or abruptly moving your hands in a distractive manner.
Avoid smiling too much. People tend to lose hold of themselves when smiling and this can affect your posture in an unfavorable way. In this regard, you have to be conscious of every moment.
It’s true this isn’t a face-to-face interview but due concern should be accorded to the interview process. Do not be lured into thinking that you can use pajamas or any casual clothes for the interview; it doesn’t tell good of you.
What you need to do instead is take a bath, eat moderately, take enough water to calm your nerves and put on a professional outfit like suit or a shirt. Either way, just be sure your outfit is not too colorful as such spectacle can be conflicting to the interviewer’s view.
Preferably, I’d advise you go with colors like black, gray or brown. These colors are suitable for interviews and they hardly conflict with other colors. So, you can depend on them to put up a great performance in your next interview process including video interviews.
It’s important to ask the interviewer some reasonable questions; sometimes, it can get him/her to open up certain portions of the job or the interview process that will help you if you finally get hired.
Also note that interviews are not interrogation where the only thing you do is answer series of questions. It’s a form of negotiation built on a conversational foundation. In light of that, feel free to bring your questions to the table.
You can always ask questions about the company’s past achievements, future goals, values, competitors and even the overall working dynamic. Besides, people naturally like to talk about themselves and so if you can skillfully, offer them a chance to talk about themselves or their job, they’d love you for that.
Point to note: you really don’t have to wait till the end of the interview process before you start asking questions. In the course of the interview process, the interviewer is likely to mention certain ideas or benefits and you can simply ask the interviewer to expound on it.
Interviews should always have a conversational tone; it helps build a good connection between you and the interviewer—an advantage you need to win the job.
In this regard, be ready simply means to be sure that your device is up and running, fully charged and functioning effectively.
You don’t want the interviewer to call you and the whole process start getting interrupted by notifications and calls.
Choose the right time when you can be free from disturbing calls and notifications. Disable pop-ups from apps.
Check on the performance of your Wi-Fi at least two minutes before the interview and also make sure your device is not overloaded with files which can cause it to hang at intervals.
Try To Inquire About Next Step
This happens to be one of the most critical part of the interview process. Often times I see candidates who just hang up the video after the concluding statements and that’s not ideal.
Before hanging up at the end of the interview, what you need to do is ask for vital follow up information like, the next step to have in mind, if and when a second interview will be conducted etc.
On a final note, video interviews are here to stay and you’ve got no option other than learning the tips behind the success of it. Your next interview is unpredictable and as such, you don’t know which format it’ll take; it might be a video interview. Who knows?
And so if you can absorb all these tips that I’ve outlined in this article, bringing them onboard on your next video interview, you stand a better chance of getting hired.