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How to make a great impression in a video interview

Posted on: 13 Nov

More and more employers are waking up to the potential of the video interview. With access to great technology on our laptops and smartphones, it’s never been easier to conduct interviews long-distance. Indeed, video interviews are a faster, easier and more effective part of the recruitment process than face-to-face meetings, at least for the early stages; it’s no wonder they’re soaring in popularity, with 60% of hiring managers using it.

However, conducting an interview from the safety of your house doesn’t mean that impressing the hiring manager still isn’t a daunting prospect. What do you need to know about this new way of selling yourself, and how can you make your mark through a computer screen?

Here are our tips for making a great impression.

Make sure your hardware works

Imagine it: you sit down for your interview, press the ‘connect’ button, and… nothing happens. Not only is it extremely stressful for you, but it gives the interviewer a bad impression of you. To avoid this, check all of your hardware in advance to make sure it works properly. Video call a friend, so you can be sure that the connection- and your video and microphone- works. Test your sound. Test your lighting, and make sure that you understand how everything works. Half an hour before the interview, give it another test. Preparing in advance this way will give you peace of mind, and let you settle in and concentrate on what matters most: impressing the interviewer.

Pick the right spot

You don’t want to sit down somewhere for your interview and risk being interrupted halfway through by a housemate or family member. Pick somewhere quiet and secluded- your bedroom, for instance- to conduct your interview. It should ideally be somewhere you can display a plain background to the interviewer, and somewhere you can control the lighting: somewhere not too bright, and where there’s no risk of creating too much bright light or shadow.

Get the angles right

Where do you look during a video interview? Though it’s easy to get distracted by your face in the corner of the screen, the answer, according to Business Insider, should be at the camera. Having good eye contact with the interviewer is critical, as is getting a good angle, and you should appear straight on, with the camera facing you at eye level. After all, if you’re looking down at the camera, you’re looking down at the people on the other end of the link. As 67% of bosses say that failure to make eye contact is one of the most common nonverbal mistakes a candidate can make when they’re deciding to hire, that’s not a slipup you want to make.

Similarly, you should also make sure that you’re not appearing too close up to the screen. Ideally, you should be seen framed from the waist or chest up, so the interviewer doesn’t find themselves unpleasantly close to your face during the interview process; this also has the benefit of letting them get a better view of your body language during the video call itself, making for a more natural, conversational experience.

Be open

Body language accounts for 93% of the messages that you send out during any interview, so it’s important you get it right. This counts for a video interview, too: keep your movements contained within the video screen, so the interviewer can see them, and avoid leaning forwards into the camera. Instead, sit upright with your shoulders back, and avoid fidgeting or playing with a pen during the video call: it’ll show that you’re nervous rather than calm and collected. Most importantly, remember to smile and show just how friendly you are.

Treat it as an interview

Finally, do treat the video call as an interview, as, for all intents and purposes, it is. Schedule in some time in advance for a mock interview with family or friends, and turn off all apps and programmes that might interrupt your video call whilst you’re doing it. Remember to dress professionally and, above all, do your research on the company and the role. One of the benefits of doing a video interview is that you can have notes in front of you to remind you what you should say during certain situations; take advantage of that and keep a few prompts to one side in case you get stuck. 

For more advice on how to get ready for your interview, why not check out our article on How to prepare for a Medical Sales Interview’?

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