With companies moving to video-conferencing to interview candidates, here are some handy hints to succeed

It is reassuring that during this coronavirus pandemic, our clients are continuing to hire. Recruitment hasn’t ground to a halt but, as many are being forced to work from home, more and more companies are turning to interview candidates via online video-conferencing platforms; the most popular ones being Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams.

While this may be daunting for those who have never been interviewed online before, here are a few tips to increase your chances of online interview success.

Before the interview:

1) While you may be interviewing from the comfort of your own home, it’s important to ensure you put yourself in an environment as close to a face to face interview as possible. Prepare somewhere quiet with good lighting and a neutral background, where the chance of distraction is limited, and be sure to dress as you would if you were meeting in person.

2) Be sure to check the camera and microphone are working on your device. Most software have a built-in feature allowing you to check your system in advance of a call. If you can, it’s a good idea to wear headphones, as they will increase the clarity of the call for both yourself and the interviewer and avoid any echoing.

3) Make sure your device is fully charged or plugged into a power supply and silence notifications and other devices to prevent any interruptions.

4) Prepare for the interview as well as you would in person, if you are reading from notes it is unlikely to go unnoticed.

During the interview:

1) Speak slowly and clearly, leaving short pauses between sentences to allow for any video lag.  Be conscious of your pace, tone and intonation.

2) Ensure your device is propped up so you are making eye contact with the camera, this will not only avoid any unflattering angles, but will also give the appearance that you are looking directly at the interviewer.

3) Try to sit in a bright room and use additional lighting behind your device directed at your face.  Nobody wants to interview someone who looks like they are in the shadows and the extra lighting can be very complimentary.

4) Make an extra effort to build rapport.  Without all of the non-verbal communication that you can use in a face-to-face meeting it’s important to smile, acknowledge what is being said and some humour goes a long way!

5) As in any interview, there will always be space at the end to ask any questions.  Make sure you have a few ‘in your back pocket’ to convey your level of interest.

If you need any help in preparing for a video-conference interview, please feel free to pick up the phone and we’ll be more than happy to share some advice.  We can be reached at team@core-partnership.co.uk or on 020 3589 0333 for a confidential discussion.

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