It’s been a trend for a couple of years both now since the outbreak of Covid-19 digital meetings is the way to go. There’s no doubt facing a job interview via video can be nerve racking – especially if it’s something you haven’t experienced before.
But there are ways to set yourself up as best you can and boost your confidence for your time on screen.
Here’s how you can prepare for a video interview, step by step.
As soon as you’ve been selected for an interview – or even before – it’s a good idea to jump right into your interview research. Think of this the same way you would for any job interview. Here are the basics to cover:
Once your video interview is scheduled, focus on preparing the tech you need to use while there’s still time to sort any issues that pop up.
Next, find a suitable spot for your interview and get it ready.
The first thing your interviewer does is seeing your digital video interview tool´s profile photo and username. So make sure both give a professional impression. If you already have a personal account, you may want to consider creating a separate account that you can use specifically for job interviews.
You can even create a username that is linked to your profession, for example “LianWyangFinance”.
At this point it’s a good idea to get as familiar with video calling as you can, and to think about how you can present yourself confidently.
During the video interview, you may encounter a time lag between what the interviewer says and what you hear. If a time delay occurs, be careful not to talk over your interviewer and avoid talking in long blocks. This helps the conversation feel more natural.
On the day of your interview, do one final check of your technology and make sure your battery is charged. Sit down in your chosen location with 10 minutes to spare before you start the interview. Have a glass of water at hand, and a notepad. Now turn your focus to the interview. Even though you’ll be answering questions through a screen, it’s important to think of your video interview as a conversation with another person. It can help to:
If things go wrong, it’s good to have a second device ready. So if you´re using your phone, have another phone or a laptop ready to use if your primary gadget fails.
In Europe the most common tools for video interviews are: Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and Zoom. To be able to use Google Meet or WhatsApp you need to go via a VPN solution so we don’t recommend those. If possible use Microsoft Teams or Zoom since it´is more reliable dialing in from China. Less common is Skype. WeChat and Pinggle are very rarely used when conducting work video interviews.