How to approach video conferencing (Skype / FaceTime) interviews?

In today’s increasingly technological world, interviews conducted online using Skype / FaceTime etc are becoming more common. Follow these 5 easy steps to nail your video interview.

With the current spread of the coronavirus , many companies are already adapting their interview process to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus while enabling the recruitment process to continue.
As a result, face-to-face interviews are becoming scarce with many businesses conducting some interview stages online.

Fortunately, consumer offerings such as Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Trello, FaceTime etc. have made video communications much easier!
Whether you are a recruiter, client or candidate if you find yourself having to attend an online interview, just as with all interviews, preparation is everything.

Here are a few tips to ensure that you give the best account of yourself when you can’t be there in person:

  1. Setting up – Many of these platforms require you to follow some kind of invitation link via email to allow you to accept the invitation and/or connect to the relevant person. Whether you are following a link or simply adding a contact to your contacts list, make sure you have covered this step well in advance of your interview. This means that if there are any issues, you aren’t trying to do this at last minute.
  2. Prepare your surroundings – Choose the venue carefully. You should position your device (laptop, PC or phone) in a quiet room with no interruptions. Ensure that the room is well-lit – daylight is preferable if possible. . Check that the background is neutral (a blank wall is ideal). Turn your phone to silent (unless you are using it for the interview!) and position your laptop so that the camera is at eye level. Ensure that there are no interruptions from family members or pets!
  3. Appearance – Dress as you would for a face-to-face interview.
  4. Do a test run – Test your equipment in advance, ensure you have a strong broadband connection, practice looking at the lens rather than yourself on the screen.
  5. During the interview – Just as you would in a face to face interview, remember to smile and practice active listening (nod, ‘hmm’ etc.). If there are any technical problems, address it with the interviewer and if necessary arrange to call them back. After the interview you should email your thanks – just as you would for any other interview.

It goes without saying that all the normal preparation you would do for any interview still applies so make sure you have re-read your own CV, researched the Company and your interviewer, read the job spec and practiced responses to classic or competency based questions.

Whilst most people will always prefer to conduct a face to face interview, if handled correctly, there is no reason that you won’t be as successful using this format and at the present time, it means that wherever possible we can all maintain business as usual.

If you would like any more advice on this or the recruitment process, please comment below!

Good Luck!


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