Make sure before anything else that you have enough time to do the interview. There is nothing that appears less professional than ending an interview early or appearing rushed and disorganised.
While of course you don’t know what the questions will be, reminding yourself of the company and position you’re up for and what personal points you might want to bring up is vital. It will not only make your points more grounded and you less flustered in your answers, but it will put you more at ease so that you can be more confident. It is however, also important to remember to not just fully memorise responses though, they will most likely come across very robotic and companies will look down on you for it.
To present yourself well you must…. present yourself well. Make sure that before anything else, you are dressed suitably and in a suitable environment for the interview. This is not only to help you put your best foot forward but help you get in the right mindset to present yourself fully.
4. Eye contact
As is the case with in person interviews, eye contact is always important to be engaging. While there isn’t physically a person in front of you while doing a video interview, looking into the camera will give the same effect and give you more of a presence to the interviewers.
5. Imagine the interviewers are in front of you
Even if there is no image of the interviewers in front of you it is often best to imagine one. While in a video interview you may be speaking to a machine but a human will be watching it and if you speak in your video interview to the machine rather than the human watching it, you will likely come across as robotic yourself.
1. Familiarise yourself with the technology
Understand the interview process. Perhaps complete a test one yourself to understand what the candidates go through.
2. Set suitable questions
In a video interview, there is a lesser amount of interaction between the candidate and interviewer, as a result candidates are less able to clarify questions. Especially with questions often having time limits to answer, the interviewer wouldn’t want to have candidates confused or flustered in this short time. Complexity in set questions can be important, confusion however should be avoided.
3. Allow the right amount of time to answer each question
It is important to try and set the right amount of time for each question to try and hit a happy middle ground of quick but full answers.
4. Allow a reasonable period of time for the candidates to take the interview
Providing a suitable timeframe for interviews to be completed shows you have an understanding of potential candidate availability issues. If you don’t allow a fair amount of time for the candidates to take the interview then you can cut out one of the core benefits of the process and have interview no shows just like in-person interviews.
5. Use the reviewability
Video interviews allow you to look over the recordings at your own convenience. You can also skip forward or go back. Make sure to use this functionality to make the best decisions possible!