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3 top tips for improving your video interview skills

30 October 2020

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If you’re looking for a new job in 2020, the chances of you having to do a video interview as part of the recruitment process are very high. 

 

If you've been registering with recruiters, you’ll most likely be used to having a quick catch up over a video call to discuss suitability for upcoming roles and then you’ll likely go on to have a more formal interview with your potential employer.

Video interviews are increasingly becoming the new normal in order to meet COVID-19 requirements. 

 

It can be easy to think they’re just like any normal face-to-face interview or somewhat more relaxed, but in fact there's a whole lot more to consider so we’ve put together our three top tips for nailing your video interview. 

 

Create the perfect setting 

Find a quiet, private, well-lit place free of distractions - with great internet connection, to do your interview.

With everyone working from home at the moment, it’s understandable that it may not be possible, but taking the time to prepare your interview space and background makes a huge difference. 

 

Get techie 

With so many options for video calls these days; Zoom, Google Hangouts, Teams etc... find out in advance which video platform your interviewer will be using and give it a little dummy run to make sure that all your tech is compatible and it runs smoothly.

 

It might be that your interviewer wants you to pre record something or it may be a live ‘face-to-face’ interview. Either way, having a decent camera, microphone and strong Wi-Fi is a great start.

Starting the interview with tech issues isn't a great first impression and doesn't help those interview nerves!

 

Use positive body language 

Although you’re doing the interview in the comfort of your own home, you still need to be on top of your game when it comes to body language. Try to maintain good posture, eye contact and show enthusiasm during the entire call, it will make a huge difference. The same applies for your outfit - dress for success! 

 

There you have our three top tips for nailing a video interview - if you’d like to find out more about presenting and interviewing on video, check out our YouTube channel for tricks and advice to improve your skills by following the link below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuTqDgZ5M08&t=7s

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