Covid19 has accelerated the use of videos during recruitment processes. In March 2020, it was reported that the number of companies using video interviews to hire staff spiked by 67% over a four week period due to concerns over the coronavirus, according to recruitment company Walters People. With two more lockdowns since then, it’s safe to say that we haven’t seen any decline in the number of employers conducting interviews via video.
As a job seeker, what does this mean for you? Well, you need to be aware of video interview etiquette and able to use the format of your interview to your advantage. In addition to the preparation you’d usually do for an interview (if you need guidance on this, see this blog) Here are our top tips;
- Before the interview, make sure you have a telephone number for the person interviewing you
Picture this; you have a technical issue and cannot access the video platform for your interview. You have emailed the employer but, because they are sitting with the video platform on their screen, they do not see your email. Their first impression is that you have not arrived on time. However, if you have a number for them, you can contact them via phone to advise of your situation and they can support you to access the interview.
- Still dress as you would for an interview
Even though you aren’t meeting the interviewer face to face, it is still important to dress to impress. And yes, we mean your whole outfit - not just your top half! In addition to looking professional, dressing smart also helps you to “act smart” and get in the zone to answer interview questions to the best of your ability.
- Maintain good eye contact and consider your body language
When on your video interview, look at the camera, not at yourself. This way, it will appear that you are making direct eye contact which will show a level of confidence. Also think about your body language and positioning of the camera. It is important that you aren’t too close or too far away from the camera and can clearly be heard.
- Make sure you have a good set up
Some of the key things to think about here are ensuring your laptop (or whichever device you are using) is fully charged or on charge during the video call so it does not cut out or require you to plug it in midway through. It is also important to have a clean background, a plain wall is perfect. Also think about the lighting, a well lit area with natural light in front of you is ideal.
You can also use the video interview to your advantage by having cue cards around your screen with reminders on. This my be your top skills, a reminder to look at the camera or just a positive message to yourself.
- Inform the people you live with
Whether you’re in student accommodation or living with family, tell the people you live with that you have an interview so that they can be respectful and keep the noise to a minimum. If there is a chance that you may be interrupted during the interview, for example you may have your toddler at home too, then tell the interviewer at the beginning. They will understand the circumstance should you need to step away for a moment.
For more information on specific employers interviewing processes, check out their provider profile.