Video skills for interview stars

By Ben Carey on 31 March, 2021

With the ‘new normal’ now simply becoming ‘normal’, video meetings are part of our day to day lives.

Most of us have, over the past 12 months, got used to seeing each other on screen, sharing documents in real time and dealing with those awkward “Sorry I have a dodgy connection” moments.

What are the implications though for interview candidates? Are pre-interview nerves compounded by the impending Zoom or Teams meeting?

Wiltshire agency CMD Recruitment has shared its top tips for jobseekers when it comes to preparing for an online interview.

Take the Call in a Quiet and Well Lit Area

An interview is a formal process, so it is vital that you locate yourself somewhere you won’t be disturbed. Make sure anyone in your house knows that you are interviewing and put a sign on your door so that no-one comes in unannounced!

Log In Before the Start Time

Get yourself logged in and ready to go about 10 minutes before the interview begins so that you have time to resolve any camera or microphone issues. Most video conferences have a virtual waiting room so that you won’t be instantly connected to the interviewer as you perform your checks.

Avoid Moving Around Too Much

When you start the interview, avoid moving around too much as the camera cannot follow you. Instead, try to keep still and only use gesticulation when absolutely necessary. This will help the interviewer maintain their focus on your answers.

Be Aware of Potential Time Delays

While the internet and video conference calls have come a long way, there is always a chance that you may have a slight time delay. Make sure that you are aware of this so that you do not interrupt the interviewer if they are in mid-question.

Show You are Confident By Making Eye Contact

Finally, just because you are on a screen, it does not mean that you can’t make eye contact. Smile, be friendly and make sure your computer is set up so that you can look directly at the person or people that are interviewing you.

If you are a jobseeker who is nervous about video interviewing, CMD Recruitment’s friendly team would be happy to help.

Pictured: Dan Barfoot, Operations Manager, CMD Recruitment