6 Tips For A Successful Video Interview

By Sven Eckhoff April 6, 2020

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, many companies are now having video interviews to determine the ideal candidate for the role they are trying to fill. As a global recruitment agency we understand that some candidates are not used to this approach of interviewing. We have compiled this list on tips to having a great video interview, we hope this will help you land your dream job in these testing times.

Check Your Connection

Make sure you have a stable connection connection before your interview begins. This will avoid any distractions during your interview and help the interviewer focus on you and not other things. As The Talent Boom is a global recruitment agency, we know how important it is to make sure our connection is great when talking to international candidates and clients. Taking this simple step ensures the main focus of the call/video interview is being dealt with.

You can use this website to test your internet speed and check your connection: https://www.speedtest.net/

Test Your Webcam

This is a similar point to the previous one. However it is just as important, many companies will want to see what you are all about as a person. One of the best ways to do this is to see how you present yourself. Make sure sure you webcam is working and you are displayed well. The Talent Boom has been in the recruitment industry for many years and we know that it is crucial for the interview to see the candidate in a good light.

Here is a great link that shows you step by step how to test your webcam: https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-and-how-to-test-webcam-4163134

Have A Professional Background

Make sure that the environment you are having your video interview from is presented professionally. Don’t have the interview from your bed or while you are on the toilet. We know you will probably be having this interview from home but make an effort. Make sure there are no distractions around you or anything that can create a negative image of you. As a global recruitment agency we encourage all our candidates to keep to the universal idea of professionalism during any interviews they are going to have.

Here is a great article on how to create a professional background at home:

https://www.cultivitae.com/2018/01/17/video-interviews-background-professional/

Dress Professionally

Even if you are having the interview from home, ensure you are dressed for the occasion. This includes full body, you never know when you might have to stand up and the last thing you want is to be standing in front of your interviewer in your sweatpants. Once again as a global recruitment agency we can’t stress to our candidates enough, how important first impressions are.

This is a awesome post that will show you how to dress professionally:

https://www.wikihow.com/Dress-Professionally

Smile & Make Eye Contact

This is important for every from of interview and video is no exception. Try jump out of the computer with your excitement and bubbly personality. Make sure nothing is distracting you and all your attention is on that computer screen and your interviewers. As a global recruitment agency we know that it is important to interviewers that the candidate gives them their full attention and seems excited to be having the interview.

 Do Your Research As You Would In Any Face To Face Interview

Make sure you know who the person is you are speaking to, their background and address them by their name. This will go a long way in your interview process.

We hope this advice will help you during your next video interview and we wish you the best of luck. The Talent Boom wishes you and your family safety during this crazy time.

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