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How To Survive A Video Interview

Published: Friday 9th June 2017

Female taking a video interview

The mobile workforce is growing. This means an increase in remote job interviews, which are carried out by phone or video call. 

Even to us digital natives, a video interview can be what nightmares are made of. Just thinking of all the possible technical issues, odd video angles and awkward interruptions can be enough to make even the most confident of candidates break out in a nervous sweat. 

How can you make sure to make a great impression from a distance? 

Dress Fully

Experts estimate that 90% of the clues we give off are non-verbal, so when you are communicating through a computer screen this makes wearing the right outfit even more important. Although you are half-hidden under a desk, and you could be tempted into wearing your pyjama bottoms, it is still recommended to dress smartly from head to toe. You never know when you might have to get up from your chair mid-call. 

Try to think of presenting yourself in the same way as you would face-to-face. It can be tricky to figure out where to look or what to do with your hands, but once you start over-analysing how you look on camera, this will only make you more nervous. Make eye contact, sit up straight and most importantly – smile. 

Straighten Up

Try and take the call in a quiet setting, with plenty of natural light. The background of your call shouldn’t be too distracting and shouldn’t have a full range of personal items on display. You should think of a remote interview as being just as formal as an in-house interview. 

Prepare all members of your family too, so that you can avoid anyone from shouting out your name mid-way through the interview. 

Plan Ahead

Of course, there is never a guarantee that your call won’t be interrupted. Somebody might come to your door unexpectedly, for instance. But you can try and minimise the chance. You should walk the dog in advance, have someone minding your children if they are too young to entertain themselves and switch off any other phones you have in the house.  

Prepare For Technical Issues

Check the sound levels of your computer and make sure your microphone works. If you do find you are experiencing some problems last-minute, notify your interviewer ahead of the scheduled call and address the issue as soon as possible. This shows you’re a problem solver. And if you find you are struggling to hear your interviewer during the chat, honesty is the best policy to make sure you don’t miss any vital information. 

Use The Benefits

Even though a remote interview can be a little awkward, there can be benefits to this type of interview too. For one, it’s so much easier to have help. You can leave notes and information on the table without your interviewer noticing. This can help to remind you of any questions you might have, and simply calm your nerves. You also have the opportunity to prepare yourself for your interview in your home environment, rather than having to worry about missing train connections or a lack of parking spaces. 

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