Video interviews are attractive to employers for a number of reasons. Firstly, it helps ease their schedule as they can review video interviews at their convenience. It also helps gauge interest and commitment from the candidates and makes interviews consistent.
With this in mind, it’s a good idea for any job seeker to familiarise themselves with this process. A one-way video interview can be an unfamiliar and uncomfortable process.
Here are a few tips that will help you ace any video interview.
Prepare your first answer.
In every interview, the first question you will encounter will usually be ‘Tell me about yourself.’ This is your opportunity to get your personality across and let the employer know who you are. Work on a 90-second script that covers your education, work experience, and your current situation. Make sure you come across enthusiastically and keep the information relevant to the job you’re applying for.
Do your research on the company
Employers are going to want to know what you know about the company and why you want to work for them, and in a one-way video interview, you won’t have the luxury of an interviewer telling you more about the company.
Look through the company’s website. If there is a careers page, what are some of the things they list as reasons to work for them? Also, look through news stories, is there anything over the past 6 months that stands out as being particularly impressive?
Remember the STAR Technique
You’re likely to be asked a competency-based question, ‘Tell me about a time when…’ or ‘Give me an example of…’ When this pops up, remember STAR. Firstly, explain the SITUATION to give context to the example. Then the TASK or complication that needed to be overcome. Then the ACTION you took to complete the task and finally the RESULT of your actions. This method helps you keep on track when answering a question, highlighting the skills you used to solve a problem. Have some examples of times that you solved issues to hand, so you are ready when the question pops up.
Think about what your key strengths are
We’ve all finished an interview and had that horrible feeling 20 minutes later when we forgot to tell the interviewer about a key skill or experience. Write a list of your key skills/experiences down and make sure you get them across in the interview. Think about examples where you have put your skills to good use.
With it being a video interview, the employer will be able to see you. Make sure that you dress professionally, and you are in a suitable location. Sitting on your bed will give the employer the wrong impression. Also make sure you have strong internet connection and are in a quiet place. Loss of signal or sound distractions could be the reason that you don’t move onto the next stage.