Interviews conducted over Skype and similar platforms have become standard practice over recent weeks for many of our clients as businesses adapt their working practices to deal with the outbreak of Coronavirus. This means that you now need to consider a number of additional factors when preparing for your interview.
Make sure that you give yourself enough time to follow these steps when you are scheduling a date and time for your video interview.
1. What’s your username?
You may have set up an account for video calls assuming it was only going to be used for personal use and it may not be one you would want to use for professional communications. Treat your username as you would your email address when you’re looking for a job – and edit accordingly.
2. Choose and prepare your space
Find a place that is private, quiet and where you won’t be interrupted – either by background noise or people walking past (or pets). It’s also worth ensuring that the background behind you is fairly neutral so it’s not distracting to the other person.
3. Mute your phone and close other programs on your computer
Don’t forget to put your phone on silent just as you would in a normal interview. In addition, close the other programs on your computer – that way you can avoid the distraction and noise of updates from other social media platforms and email.
4. Check your connection and your speaker settings
Make sure you have good internet connection – there is nothing more distracting and irritating for both parties than a slow or patchy connection that will interrupt the flow of the discussion. The same goes with the audio settings on your computer. It’s a great idea to exchange phone numbers prior to the interview so that if you can’t connect you can speak over the phone.
5. Dress for the interview
Don’t be tempted to interview in your pyjamas! Dress exactly as you would for an interview – remember they can still see you.
6. Look at the camera
It’s so tempting to look at yourself or the other person’s image on the screen but if you do then you won’t be keeping eye contact – so remember to keep your focus of attention on the camera.
7. Think about your body language
Just as in a face to face interview, body language is as important as what you say. So sit up straight, relax your shoulders and look engaged.
8. Using and making notes
Unlike a face to face interview it is possible to use a cheat sheet in this situation – but do this with care. It’s fine to have something you can glance at discreetly and quickly but if you are pausing to read something then that will be noticeable to the other person and just like a face to face interview it will make the discussion more disjointed and could suggest lack of confidence or preparation.
Just like a face to face interview it’s fine to take a few notes – but be mindful about retaining the maximum amount of eye contact (with the camera).
9. Practice with friends or family…or your consultant
Even if you’re used to chatting with your friends on a video call it can still feel awkward when you are doing it in an interview situation – so do a run through with someone who will give you honest feedback.
If you have any questions or you are feeling unsure about the interview speak to your consultant