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Video Interview Helpful Tips

August 17, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone’s week has been going well?

Earlier this year, I posted out a couple of blogs with helpful tips when attending face to face interviews and phone interviews, so I thought I would finish off the trilogy this week with a blog on helpful tips for video interviews.

When preparing for or during a video interview, you want to bare in mind both the tips mentioned for face to face and phone interviews, as it is almost like a combined interview.

Be Ready – In a face to face interview, it is polite to arrive slightly early for your interview, so you are not rushing and you can keep calm. The same applies to a video interview. You don’t want to miss the call if you are running late and if you are rushing to answer the call, the interviewers will be able to see that you may be a bit flustered. So sit down slightly before the scheduled interview time to make sure you are calm and prepared.

First Impressions – Although you can’t shake the interviewer’s hand on arrival, it is still important to make a great first impression in other ways. Smile, be friendly, have eye contact, and introduce yourself politely and you will be off to a good start.

Quiet Surrounding – Set up your computer/tablet in quiet surroundings before your interview. You want to choose somewhere that will be quiet and no one can distract you. Make sure you are somewhere where there is no-one or minimal people around that may be distracting by walking back and forth behind you. This will not only be distracting for the interviewers, but you will also see it on your screen and may throw you off track.

Appearance – It is important to be dressed appropriately for interviews. Unless stated before hand, always dress smart. Even through you are on a video interview, you may think it is acceptable for example to wear your pyjama bottoms as they can only see you from your waist up, but if for some reason during the interview, you need to stand up, this isn’t a great look. Dressing smart will make you feel more professional and may help you perform better.

Good Internet Connection – Before your interview, plan where you want to take the video call and ensure that the internet connection is strong, as the last thing that you want to happen is that you are mid interview and your internet drops off and you lose the connection. If you are taking the video interview in a public area, test the internet connection first.

Take Notes/Make Notes – It is always handy to take notes in with you. If you have researched the company before hand, take some notes in with you on what the company does and what services they offer as this may help you answer some questions. Also taking notes is always handy as interviews are not just for the interviewer to choose the best fit candidate, but also for the candidate to decide if the position is right for them. So if you are offered the position, you can read over your notes and ensure the position is something that you are interested in.

With our blog trilogy of helpful tips during face to face, phone, and video interviews, you should be covered for every situation. Many of the tips can be transferred over to which ever method of interview you are undertaking, but make sure to read up on the interview tips before the big day, so you are prepared and ready to nail your interview! If you have any tips that you swear by for any type of interview, let us know in the comments below.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree

 

Phone Interview Helpful Tips

June 8, 2018 | By | No Comments

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend. There has been interesting news this week that Nasa’s veteran Curiosity rover has come across organic matter on Mars. It was buried and preserved in ancient sediments, that formed a lake bed more than 3 billion years ago. The discovery is really interesting as it shows that there was something on Mars that organisms needed to live, so it will be great to see what else can be found on Mars in the future.

This week for the blog we will be looking at helpful tips to take on-board during a phone interview. Back in February we posted a blog on helpful tips when attending a face to face interview, these tips can all still be relevant during a phone interview, although there are extra things to consider whilst on the phone.

Be ready. You want to be sat ready and waiting when the interviewer calls. This way you are calm and not out of breath from rushing around trying to find a quiet place to take the phone call. 

Sit down in a quiet surrounding with no distractions. If you are in your house, choose a room that is away from any loud noises, such as other family members, TV, radio, or kitchen noises. Also you don’t want to be in a place where you can be easily distracted, so turn off the tv and if you are using a landline, leave your mobile phone in a different room.

Avoid taking calls in public. Try to avoid taking the call when you are out in public as background noise can be an issue. It can be an issue for yourself as you may have trouble hearing the interviewer ask the questions, but also the interviewer will probably hear a lot of background noise which can be distracting.

Be aware of your facial expressions and posture. Although the interviewer cannot see you, your facial expression and body language can make a difference in your performance. Smiling whilst answering questions can put a bit more energy into your answer making yourself sound more enthusiastic. Also posture is important, if you are slouched in an armchair it can come across in your voice, so try to sit upright on a office or dining chair.

Choose a landline over a mobile phone. If you live somewhere that doesn’t get good phone signal, try to take the call on a landline as this reduces the risk of a call cutting out on a mobile if the signal drops. 

Have water to hand and don’t chew. Have a glass of water next to you as talking for a while can make your mouth dry and give you a cough, so taking sips of water can help. Avoid eating or chewing gum whilst on the phone as this will affect your presentation of answers and come across unprofessional.

Ask questions, especially ask when will they arrange face to face interviews. As in a normal interview, it is also handy to have questions prepared. An important question that should be asked will be to find out when they will be arranging face to face interviews. This will show that you are keen and still interested in the position.

Have pen and paper with you. A pen and paper can always come in handy to take down notes about the position. Remember an interview is not just for the interviewer to see if you are a good fit for the role, but also for you to see if the role is what you are looking for.

Hopefully these tips will come in handy the next time you are preparing for a phone interview and will help get you to the next stage. If you have any tips that work for you, let us know in the comments below.

If you are looking for tips when attending a face to face interview, take a look at our blog post here.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,

Sheree