Against the backdrop of Coronavirus, with lockdown and social distancing rules in place, conducting job interviews via video is increasingly commonplace.
Although the economy is undoubtedly taking a massive hit from the impact of Covid-19, there are still many employers out there looking for quality employees, particularly in the tech sector.
Our message as Wiltshire’s leading independent recruitment agency is simple: if you are looking for a career change, then there are opportunities to be had; and if you are an employer, there are many, many potential candidates out there who are using this time at home to explore job prospects.
When we have come through the current Coronavirus crisis, we predict the recruitment process will have changed dramatically, and video may even take precedence over traditional face-to-face interviews.
Ten ways to succeed in a video interview
If you are called for a video interview, the team here at 24-7 Staffing have some great advice to help you succeed. You will undoubtedly feel nervous, but follow our tips and you will certainly increase your chances of success.
- Make sure you know and have digested the interview details well in advance – time, method of communication, who is calling who etc. Ensure you have already downloaded the necessary software. Or, if you have the software already but haven’t used it for a while, make sure it is up-to-date. You will get off on the back foot if you are late for the interview because your laptop or tablet is updating Zoom!
- You may be at home, but remember this is a job interview and you should get in the zone. Picking a location in your house where you feel comfortable and relaxed is important, but you also want to appear professional. Sitting at the kitchen table is fine, but lolling back on your pillows isn’t.
- As you are on video, the background is important. On Zoom, for example, you can select a backdrop. However, if this isn’t an option then make sure whatever is behind you isn’t a distraction to the interviewer and also creates a good impression. For example, we suggest moving the airer full of washing!
- Dress as you would for a face-to-face interview. Not only does this show you are a serious candidate, but it helps you focus on the task in hand, which is to succeed at your interview.
- Make sure everyone else in the house knows you are about to be interviewed, to avoid unnecessary interruptions from children, partners and pets.
- Ensure you’re rested and ready. Just as you would with an interview you have to travel to, it is important to be on the ball and alert, so avoid a late night beforehand.
- Be prepared, just as you would if the interview was in person. This means doing all the research you can on the company you are applying to. The company website, and LinkedIn are an excellent resource for this. Extend this to research the interviewers too, if you know who they are. You may be able to find some common ground which will help act as an icebreaker.
- Check everything is working, well ahead of the interview. For example, if you are using a laptop make sure you turn it on at least half an hour beforehand, in case it decides to install an update.
- Finally, remember to smile. This not only makes you appear friendly and approachable, it helps relax you and calm your nerves.
- Speak clearly, and slowly, so the interviewer can understand what you are saying and - as with all interviews - show how interested you are in the role and have some follow up questions.
At 24-7 Staffing we love helping our candidates prepare for interviews, and we are equally delighted to advise our clients on conducting remote interviews during the recruitment process. If you need any more guidance or advice – or you just want to chat about our current vacancies – why not get in touch with us today.