Video call interview? How to approach it

11 February 2020

By Lisa Veale

Video call interview? How to approach it

If you're having an interview by video call - here are some of our tips.​

More and more companies are doing interviews by video call as an alternative way to meeting/ interviewing candidates. The technology is pretty reliable so it’s a great, and free, way to hold a meeting over the internet. It means that distance and work commitments no longer need to be a factor that could hold up an interview process – and for candidates owning a smart phone it’s feasible for an interview to be held during a lunch break, as long as signal allows, lessening the need to suspiciously take time out of the working day.

The first video meeting you have can be a bit daunting, even more so when you’re trying to make a good impression and secure the job of your dreams.

Here are some top tips on how to approach a this type of interview.

Your profile

Choose an inoffensive user name, ideally one that uses your real name. Skype has lots of users so make sure when you disclose your user name to the interviewer it’s correct.

Make sure that anything you write that is visible and your profile picture are professional

Get familiar with the technology

If you haven’t done a video call before, make sure the version you’re using is up to date, or if you’re using it on a new device make sure you have a test video call with a friend first. Make sure you understand the features, especially how to turn the camera on and to modify the sound. Your interview won’t get off to a particularly good start if your interviewer can’t see or hear you, or vice versa, and the first few minutes are spent with you both trying to figure out what’s wrong and how to fix it so that the interview can go ahead.

Make sure you have the strongest Wi-Fi or 3G signal possible

Close down other applications on your device so that you can’t be distracted.

What to wear?

You are being interviewed. So wear what you would wear to an interview! Do not be tempted to only dress for an interview from the waist up! If you have to get up to get something and the interviewer see’s you’re wearing pj’s that could leave a first impression you would rather avoid!

Your setting

You need to be somewhere quiet, where you won’t be disturbed. This is for your benefit as much as the interviewer. Avoid being in a public place. If you are at home make sure anyone else in the house is aware that you need quiet. Turn off your mobile phone, disconnect your home phone. .

Shut any pets in another room until the interview is over

Ideally have with a plain wall behind you. Be aware of any inappropriate posters, pictures of objects that might be in sight.

Preparation

As with any interview preparation is key. The same rules apply. Make sure you have done your research. There are some other blog posts we have written that you might find useful, which you can read here

Other things to remember

Remember to look into the camera rather than the screen/yourself (for those of you that haven’t used Skype before there’s a window that will show you, as the other person will see you!)

Consider that sometimes there is a time lag on the sound, take this into consideration so that you are not talking over the interviewer.

Try to be as natural as possible.

Whilst a video call is an acceptable way of interviewing, most companies would also expect to meet you face to face at a later stage in the recruitment process.

We use video calls within our business frequently and we would be more than happy to talk to you about how to use it and to answer any other questions you might have. Call us on 01392 873813 or email us here if you would like to speak to us about this, or anything else related to your search for work.

You can also check out Lisa talking about what happens at our registrations meetings - many of which we do by video call.

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