5 Top Tips for a Video Interview

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The 60 per cent of employers who use video when interviewing long distance candidates are able to get a greater insight into an interviewees personal attributes and skills... …

The 60 per cent of employers who use video when interviewing long distance candidates are able to get a greater insight into an interviewees personal attributes and skills...

For those who are not used to appearing in front of a camera, video interviews can be a daunting prospect. Therefore, it is vital to make sure that you do as much to prepare in advance as possible.

Here are five key points on how to prepare for a video interview.

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  • 1. InterQuest Group’s 5 Top Tips for a Video Interview
  • 2. TIP 1: PRACTICE Have a practice video interview with a friend or your representing recruiter. This will help you get familiar with video conferencing, while also checking that your connection is good, and camera and mic settings are correct. Don’t let the interview be the first time you are using your webcam.
  • 3. TIP 2: SPEAK CLEARLY AND POSITIVELY Make eye contact with the interviewer. Remember, you should be talking to the camera and not the monitor. Sit a little further back from the computer than normal, and ensure that the camera is at the right height to meet you at eye-level. You don’t want to be looking up or down at the camera.
  • 4. TIP 3: DRESS CODE Treat the video interview as you would a face to face meeting. The interviewer can see you on screen, so you should dress as though they are in the room.
  • 5. TIP 4: INTERVIEW ENVIRONMENT Ensure that your interview environment is quiet, properly lit, and that you are appearing in front of a neutral background. You want your interviewer to see you at your best, don’t make it difficult for them to see or hear you.
  • 6. TIP 5: BE 100% PROFESSIONAL Make sure your video calling or skype account has a professional username and profile picture, and that you have a good internet connection.
  • 7. For more tips on professional development and to see all of our latest opportunities, connect with the InterQuest Group InterQuest Group plc is a specialist IT and analytics recruitment group providing contract and permanent services within niche disciplines globally. The Group is divided into specialist businesses, with each one aligned to one of the following market sectors, Finance, Retail, Public Sector, Not for Profit or in an area of technology such as testing, analytics, ERP or digital. These are augmented by other businesses specialising in services which span the various vertical niches - such as recruitment outsourcing or executive search and selection. As specialists in contract, permanent IT and analytics recruitment, the InterQuest Group trades as distinctly branded, individual, specialist recruitment businesses.