Video interviews are becoming more common as they help employers minimise costs of travel.
And, as technology advances video interviews are becoming easier than ever to accommodate.
There are many benefits to video interviews but there are also things to be aware of.
Here’s four things you should do to prepare for a video interview and some common video interview questions.
Tips for a video interview
1. Familiarise yourself with the kind of technology needed to partake in a video interview
Make sure your audio and video are going to come through clearly and that there are no technical issues on your end. There’s nothing worse than getting the whole way through the interview only to realise the person on the other end can’t hear you.
2. Set up your backdrop
Most video interviews will be cropped so the main part of the video will consist of your head and shoulders but the interviewer will still be able to see some of your surroundings. Make sure there’s not a mess in the background and nothing noisy like someone cooking dinner or your dog barking to be audibly distracting.
3. Check the lighting
It may seem light enough for you but when viewed through a lense can the interviewer see you? Try shining a light directly on your face from behind your desktop. Anything from behind you or to the side will cause shadows.
4. Dress as you would to go to any other interview
Dress in your professional attire. Although it might be fun to sit in your pajamas, or where no pants, appearance still matters and you never know if you might have to stand to adjust the camera…
According to SEEK Video by Spark Hire, the four types of questions likely to appear in a video interview:
1. The introduction question
This helps the interviewer get to know you and how you will fit into their workplace. Look out for variations of the question ‘Tell me about yourself’ including ‘Describe yourself in three words?’ and ‘Give me a brief overview of your work history’.
2. The motivation question
“Why do you think you’d be good for this job?” This is the perfect question to highlight your skills, passions and experience. If you tell it like a story of your past weaving in to your future, this will make a good connection in the video.
3. The technical question
“Tell us about a time you went over and above in your role.” Highlight your strengths and remember to use the S.T.A.R technique. Outline the Situation and Task at hand, state the Action you took and what the Result was because of this.
4. The personality question
“What do you do when you’re not at work”, “If you could do one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?” or “If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?”
Video interviewing isn’t meant to be difficult so don’t stress! Your chances of acing a video interview will significantly improve if you take the time to do a practice run with practice questions before hand. Check out more common interview questions here.