Video interviews; some people like them and some people would rather redo their dullest module. Twice. However, in the wake of the pandemic, we are learning to love them as they become the norm. We spoke to a lot of employers and they said they’d move a majority of their processes online. So if you want to be the Joaquin Phoenix of the laptop screen, keep reading…
Conquer the fear
There is nothing to fear except a bad wifi connection (so hotspots at the ready). Video interviews give you several advantages because the interviewer can only see what’s on your camera. That means you can have notes, documents (e.g. your CV), questions planned, or a tick list but careful not to read off paragraphs, you’ll sound like a robot. So smile and put on a happy face. Remember, even the Joker had notes for his Debut 😉
Know the format and ask questions before
Make sure you understand what is going to happen in the video interview. Is it going to be just Q&A? Will you be presenting? Who will be present? How long is each part expected to be? What are the interviewers looking for? The interviewer wants you to succeed so if you are unsure of anything make sure you ask beforehand. It shows initiative. And everyone likes initiative.
Prep and practice
Don’t leave getting ready to the last minute. You should have at least an overview of key points to mention. Once you know the format make sure that you have examples or data to back things up. Use the STAR method to discuss the specific Situation, Task, Action, and Result. You don’t need long paragraphs. Get to the point and leave space for discussion. Don’t forget to do your research on the company so you can tailor your responses. Make the most of free online platforms like Google Hangouts, Zoom or even FaceTime to practise with your friends. Before you start, tell them what you want feedback on. Eye contact, hand movements, structure, and strength of examples are all really important.
Personality goes a long way
Make sure to show off your better self. Keep it pro (you don’t have to tell ‘that story’ from uni), but have fun. This is especially important if it’s your hiring manager. They are going to have to sit next to you all day, they will want someone who can do the job and fit in. It’s great to be interesting but even better to be interested. So think hard about interesting questions to ask. Make it personal.