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Don’t Wear Pyjamas

As times move forward, the necessity and convenience of in-person interviews declines. Video interviews are a quick and easy way for a candidate and a company to get to know each other, without the faff of travelling to the office. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to know how a video interview should differ from one that’s face-to-face.

Dress Appropriately

As the title suggests, you really shouldn’t “attend” the interview whilst in your comfiest onesie. We’re not saying you need to suit up, as you are still at home, but try to give the impression that even day-to-day you have suitable standards of how you like to present yourself. It may seem obvious to some, but we’ve seen plenty of hoodies and curry-stained t-shirts in our time, and they don’t exactly scream professional!

Business in the Front…

Of course, when you appear on a webcam, you’re only going to be seen from the waist up, so it’s tempting go for a combo of a nice shirt and a not-so-nice pair of jogging bottoms. On the one hand, being fully dressed will place you into a more professional, put-together mindset. On the other, having the edge of sneakily sitting in secret pyjama bottoms might give you that little burst of confidence you need to really ace that interview. We’ll leave this one up to you, but whatever you choose, make it a choice. 

It’s Behind You!

Of course, when you appear on a webcam, you’re only going to be seen from the waist up, so it’s tempting go for a combo of a nice shirt and a not-so-nice pair of jogging bottoms. On the one hand, being fully dressed will place you into a more professional, put-together mindset. On the other, having the edge of sneakily sitting in secret pyjama bottoms might give you that little burst of confidence you need to really ace that interview. We’ll leave this one up to you, but whatever you choose, make it a choice. 

In a Minute, Mum!

Ever had the experience of a parent shouting your name to get your attention, but when you shout back they don’t hear you so they shout again and again until you have to go and see what the matter is? Yeah, that happened to our Marketing Executive whilst he was being video-interviewed. Heed his warning and make sure everyone in the house knows what you’re doing,

“Game of Thrones had a Better Resolution than Your Camera.”

We can’t always control the quality of the technology available to us, but if it’s at all possible, make sure the recording equipment you’re using for the interview is of satisfactory quality; no matter how amazing you are, if your camera/microphone/internet connection is downright diabolical, the interviewer is just going to be waiting to get off the call.

Let Me Consult My Data

One of the benefits of being video- interviewed is that you can have a cheat sheet of the research you’ve done on the company placed subtly out of frame. That way, when you get thrown a curveball of a question, you won’t be stuck only with your floundering brain. However, be wary not to spend the entire interview staring at a notebook – if you do, you’ll come across as nervous or, worse, unprepared.

Technique

Finally, a few more quick tips on how to conduct yourself:

  • Write down some general questions to ask, as many as you can manage.
  • Confirm you’ve heard the question by paraphrasing it (“What’s your biggest strength?” “I’d say my biggest strength is…”).
  • Minimise your own window, as it’s obvious when you keep staring at yourself (imagine having a mirror during a normal interview!). 
  • Don’t just stare at the camera the whole time either – it’s very unsettling.
  • Be aware of your tone of voice – make sure you’re speaking clearly and in an audible register/pitch.
  • Ask clarifying questions (“Did you get all that?” “Can you hear me clearly?”).
  • Remember to show interest by giving “buy-in signals” – thank them for their time, suggest that you’re very excited, things like that.
  • Finally, behave like it’s a normal face-to-face interview, but allow the environment of your home to let you be a little more like yourself!
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