7 tips to ace your video interviews
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Video interviews are handy. Not only can you do one from the comfort of your own home, but you also save the money you would’ve spent on travel and a sausage roll.
Video interviews have been seriously useful for businesses during the pandemic, allowing them to continue hiring in spite of restrictions. However, they aren’t new. Video interviews have been around longer than you might think…
The first video conference call happened over 50 years ago. Using the Picturephone Mod I, the call took place on June 30th 1970 between Pittsburgh Mayor Peter Flaherty and Alcoa CEO John Harper.
We’ve put together seven tips and tricks to help you prepare for your video interviews and impress potential employers.
How do video interviews work?
There are two types of video interviews, live and pre-recorded.
LIVE... You and your interviewer will see each other in real-time via a video platform like Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams.The rules of an IRL interview still apply, the only difference is the location.
PRE-RECORDED... Instead of having a two-way conversation, you’ll answer a set of pre-recorded questions. This might happen during the initial application process.
There’s usually a time limit, but most platforms allow you to have 2-3 practice goes and a couple of days before submitting your final answer.
FYI, pre-recorded interviews aren’t always a substitute for doing a live interview, and some companies will ask you to do both.
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Tips and tricks
The more prep you do pre-interview, the more focused you’ll be on the day.
1. Prepare as you would for a face-to-face interview
Remember, a video interview is still a professional interview. So you’ll want to make sure you prepare accordingly.
As always, you should…
2. Get your tech in order
In the days before your interview, make sure you have all the tech you need.
If you’re doing a pre-recorded interview, you’ll be able to get a couple of practice rounds in before completing the actual interview. That’ll be your chance to make sure everything is in working order before you hit that record button.
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3. Pick your location
Firstly, don’t do this on the day of your interview. You’ll end up rushing around, which will leave you flustered and distracted.
Instead, pick the location beforehand. Choose somewhere with no distractions, no extra noise, and a neutral background.
4. Dress to impress
Completing an apprenticeship application form in your fave PJs? Absolutely. Wearing your fave PJs for a video interview? Absolutely never.
Choose something you would wear if the interview was face-to-face. A smart top and jogging bottoms won’t look good if you need to stand up, no matter how comfortable they are.
Have you ever watched TV and seen the weird strobe effect that happens when someone wears stripes? It can happen with webcams too. So try and avoid stripes or patterns.
5. Be early and relaxed
Punctuality is an instant tick in any interviewer’s book.
Think about giving yourself a routine for the day. It’ll help your mind relax before the interview…
6. Stay engaged
Do everything you would do if the interview was in person. Generally, you should nod, smile and interact as much as possible to show you are present and listening.
7. Take it in your stride
Sometimes the internet will internet, and things might go wrong. That’s okay. It’s expected. What matters most is how you react.
Remember, even if it is virtual, a video interview is your chance to get to know the company you might be working for. So take the opportunity to ask ALL the questions.
Written by Melchi
Melchi is a stan of the written word and joined the RateMyApprenticeship team as a Content Executive in 2021. Melchi started his career writing culture content for WeAreCollision magazine before completing an MA in International Journalism at City University and interning at Insider Inc. He now uses his head-thesaurus to write inspiring content to help young people make great career choices. These include everything from blogs about beauty apprenticeships to industry guides sharing the latest apprenticeship opportunities. Outside of writing, Melchi loves all things music and is currently learning how to DJ.