8 quick tips for video interview preparation

Preparing for an interview can always be daunting. To help, we’ve put together eight quick tips on how to prepare for a video interview.

1. Set up your space

Ensure your surroundings are clean and clutter-free – a cluttered and messy background will look unprofessional to interviewers.

An easy alternative would be to have your backdrop as a wall, so you remain front and centre.

Lighting is equally important; ensure you are positioned in a well-lit space facing the window for natural lighting if possible.

2. Avoid noisy environments where possible

Be mindful of where you decide to conduct your interview – make sure you’re away from any loud background noise and ask others around you to avoid that space during your interview time.

It’s always best to let interviewers know there may occasionally be background noise ahead of the interview if your space is small.

3. Check your audio & WIFI settings beforehand

“I can hear you; can you hear me?” and “You’re on mute” have been the most common phrases over the past year for office workers.

To pre-empt any technical issues in your control, ensure you are familiar with the platform you’ll use for the interview.

Double-check your equipment is set up beforehand and that you’ve tested your microphone, speakers and camera all work properly.

4. Do your homework

Researching the company ahead of your interview shows you have a genuine interest in the company and allows you to think about some key questions you’d want to ask towards the end of your interview.

Keep a pad and pen handy – It’s good to jot down the key information throughout the interview to make sure you have a clear understanding of the position and company you are interviewing for; it’s also helpful to refer back to after the interview to identify if there are any further questions you may need to add.

5. Practice, practice, practice

 Using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Results) effectively lays out your interview answers to showcase your logical thinking and solution-orientated mindset.

If it helps, do a trial run of some of your examples to get the hang of responding to interview questions in this way.

6. Make sure you’re presentable

Ditch the home clothes and put on something that you would wear for a face-to-face interview.

Think of how your clothing will look on screen.

First impressions are vital!

7. Do more than just talking

Non-verbal communication is just as important as verbal communication.

Your tone of voice can impact the interview’s perception of you. People listen to your tone of voice as much as what you are saying – keep your tone steady and evenly paced to appear more confident.

Keep eye contact; always look at the screen or camera, so your gaze appears focussed and engaged. Your facial expressions play a major part in how you are perceived.

Using gestures and portraying confident body language such as upright posture and purposeful gestures can help you become a more relaxed and natural communicator.

8. Get across your enthusiasm

It’s important to be mindful of your on-screen demeanour when answering multiple interview questions.

Have a list of questions ready to ask at the end of the call to show your interest in the role.

We’re here to help!

Whether you’re preparing for an interview, looking for the next step in your career, or struggling with your CV, we’re here to help.

We have a variety of hints and tips to help you make the right move and a lot of support to offer along the way.

We also work with some of the most innovative and exciting companies worldwide that may be looking to hire someone just like you.

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