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Video Interviews – Dos and Don’ts

Written by Kimberley Startup | May 21, 2012 | 1 Comment

video interviews, video interviewing, candidate advice, video interview tips, video interview adviceEmployers lose 10 working days on average per year on interviews, according to recent research by Cammio. The survey conducted on more than 500 recruiters revealed the impact of out-of-date recruitment processes on businesses meant, on average, 16% of the working week was spent travelling to meet candidates and £3,286 a year reimbursing candidates’ travel expenses.

However, this significant drain on a hiring managers’ time and resources has paved the way for the next stage of innovative technology – video interviewing.

For the candidate though, video interviews can be a little daunting. After all, it’s hard enough to interview face-to-face, let alone in front of a camera and microphone.

Here are some essential tips to ensure you’re well prepared before and during your video interview.

Before the Video Interview

Check whether you’re being timed during the interview. If you are, consider that your cut off point and don’t plan overtime.

If you have any materials you would like to show the interviewer, send or tell them in advance.

Consider potential questions that you’re likely to be asked. As with any interviews, be prepared to relate your experience and qualifications with the job’s requirements.

Make sure your video equipment, such as webcam, speakers and microphone, are working.

Think about your appearance – you should be wearing the same clothing you would wear to a face-to-face interview.

Make sure the environment in which you’re taking the video interview is free of clutter. Clear away anything you wouldn’t typically want an employer to see and avoid background noise or motion.

Practice, practice, practice. Arrange a test interview with a friend and record yourself to see how you’re coming across on camera – this will help improve your interview performance.

During the Video Interview

Even if you think you know how to use the equipment, it’s always good to ask for a quick induction.

Try not to move too much during the interview. Likewise, avoid shuffling papers or tapping your pen.

Make eye contact. If you don’t, the interviewer will get a lovely picture of the top of your head.

If possible, use the Picture-in-Picture feature so you can see how you appear to the interviewer

Remember not to speak too fast and be conscious of a sound delay. Sometimes a couple of seconds will lapse between the interviewer’s question and when you hear them. And don’t forget to smile.

Allow the interviewer to indicate when time’s up. As you can’t shake hands like you typically would in a face-to-face interview, sign off by saying something as simple as ‘Thank you for interviewing me. I hope to talk face-to-face soon’.

It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised by the amount of people who forget to mute the microphone and close the camera once they’ve completed their video interview.

Overall, it’s important to remember, this type of interview is just as important as if you were interviewing face-to-face. The value, however, for yourself and the hiring manager, is equivalent, and interviewing successfully, no matter how it takes place, is the key to getting hired.

For more information, Sonru, webrecruit’s latest partner that offers a multi-award winning automated online video interview solution, provides plenty of advice on the dos and don’ts of video interviewing. You can also check out this great infographic that discusses video interviews from both a recruiters’ and job seekers’ perspective.

One thought on “Video Interviews – Dos and Don’ts

  1. Steve Nicholls on Reply

    Great post Leona.
    I would add:
    * Re eye contact – if a built in webcam, eye-contact is looking at the webcam not at the persons face on the screen which can be the tempting thing to do.
    * Clothing; Go with dark colours – no stripes or spots – the camera doesn’t like them! 😉
    * The practice element is something I’m always keen on emphasising. If the candidate can’t get a friend or family member to help, ensure that any practice includes speaking aloud your answers (as against in your head), as it’s that syndrome of “hearing your own voice” that sometimes phases people at the interview.

    Whether it be in business marketing, or candidate interviews, for better or worse, I think video is here to stay and will form an increasing element in the selection process.

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