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Many employers are using video interviews to interview people during the coronavirus pandemic. It is a trend that could stick.
In these days of lockdown, many employers who are hiring will be doing some by video interview. A recent survey by recruitment company Walters People showed the number of companies using video interviews to hire staff increased by 67% in the month up to mid-March due to concerns over the coronavirus. This is a short-term response to a crisis, but it could be a trend that is set to stay as employers seek to reduce travel costs and increase the diversity of their potential workforce.
So how can you prepare for a video interview?
A desk top computer or laptop are preferable to using a mobile phone for your interview as movement can be really distracting.
In advance of the interview it is advised to check that your web cam is set to the right height, and your volume correct beforehand to avoid you having to make adjustments at the start of your interview.
Think about your surroundings. Try to choose a quiet place which has a plain and anonymous background. If possible keep it professional – avoid washing hanging in the background or a messy room.
Ideally sit at a table or desk as it will make your posture better, and you will look more professional than if you are sitting on your bed propped up with pillows!
Make sure your lighting is right. You could ask a friend of family member to do a trial run so they comment on how you appear on video in your chosen location.
You may be at home, but you should dress for ‘work’ when you do a video interview. It will put you in the right frame of mind, and look professional too.
If you are at home, let everyone in the house know you are interviewing to avoid any unnecessary interruptions. Whilst many interviewers may be understanding if a family member bursts in the room, it will still throw you and interrupt your train of thought so it is best avoided.
Try not to fidget and make an effort to look at the person on your screen. It is very easy to look away as you feel uncomfortable, but like in a face to face situation maintaining eye contact is a good idea as it will build rapport and show confidence. Try to smile and relax!
Finally, make sure you practice! Interviews can be daunting enough without worrying about the video element so try and get comfortable in front of the camera.