View Interview Tips

Anyone new to the world of remote work is probably still adjusting to the reality of effective communication and the changes brought about during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many organisations like ours are using digital recruitment methods like video interviews, for health and safety reasons. If you’re in the process of getting ready for a job interview on video, here are some best practices to get yourself prepared.

1. Dress appropriately

Like any first impression, it’s important you look the part. Dress as you would if you were going to the interview in person, at least on the top half (If you are sat down through the interview), however do make sure the bottom half matches in case you do need to get out of your seat. Doing this will help you feel more confident and put together.

2. Wear dark colours

Consider wearing darker colours and avoid busy patterns and bright colours which may be distracting.

3. Consider your background

Be mindful about your background, ensure it’s well-lit and clean.

Set-up your camera before to check that it’s positioned correctly, aim to keep the background neat and inoffensive as possible.

4. Find a quiet place

Use a quiet location where you won’t be disturbed by noises and people. Make sure your phones on silent to avoid any notification sounds. If you are at home and don’t live alone, it may be worth letting others know you’re about to start the interview so they don’t interrupt.

5. Relax, smile, and be natural

After all, it’s in the comfort of your own home or a comfortable space, so there is no need to worry beforehand or let your nerves get to you. Be natural, make good eye contact, smile, listen and take interest into what the interviewer is saying.

Think about your body language, avoid fidgeting in front of the camera, stay relaxed. Work on your posture, sit up straight rather than slouching in your chair.

6. Avoid technical issues

A few days before you should test your computer, camera, and any software that you’ve been asked to use. Ensure the sound and picture quality is good. It’s also worth checking the internet connection.

On the day of the interview, make sure everything is fully charged/plugged in as you don’t want your battery running low. You want to be fully prepared so you’re not wasting interview time on any technical difficulties, switch everything on at least half an hour before.

During the interview, if there are any technical issues just let the interviewer know if it is a live interview, so you can resolve it as quickly as possible. It may be simply fixed, or the interviewer may be happy to end the call and redial.

7. Prepare as normal

Take the time to research the company and prepare for any questions you may be asked. Consider having a few large note cards at hand that highlight why you’re the right person for the role.

Remember to stick to the questions asked, give the interviewer some context about any situations you talk about.

8. Ask questions

It’s always good to show your interest by asking questions at the end of the interview, it shows you are enthusiastic and engaged.

Some question suggestions if you’re struggling:

  • Are there any opportunities for training and progression within the role/company?
  • What do you enjoy about working for (company name)?
  • Can you tell me more about the team I will be working with?

We hope the above has helped in your preparation for your video interview, and wish you all the best and hope it goes well.