You were invited for a video interview? Congratulations! You are already one big step closer to your dream job!
The following 10 video interview tips will tell you what to look out for in a video interview and how to impress every recruiting expert:
- Care for a calm atmosphere
- Hold short and precise
- Technology Test
- Correct illumination
- Fitting environment
- Correct posture
- eye contact
- Dress to impress
- Speak clearly and clearly
- Smile 🙂
Keep calmConduct the video interview in a quiet environment. Make sure you have a quiet room where you cannot be disturbed or distracted. Under no circumstances you should conduct the interview in a noisy environment or in the stress between two appointments. Inform your family or roommates about your intentions. Remove any other electronic items that might distract you.
Hold yourself short and preciseBe aware of your strengths and weaknesses and have good arguments why you fit into the culture of the company and, above all, into the respective department. Especially with time-shifted video interviews it is important to present your answers briefly and precisely but still convincingly. Often this type of interview requires only a short preparation and response time, so a good preparation is essential.
Frequently asked video interview questions are:
- Why do you want to work in our company?
- What added value can you deliver to the team?
- Where do you see yourself in the next 3 years?
The Technology TestStart in time the relevant program with which the video interview is to be conducted. Make sure that you have a stable Internet connection. If the video interview is conducted using a smartphone, make sure you have a good WLAN, LTE or 4G connection. Quit all other programs or apps and test your camera including microphone. You are perfectly prepared if you have a look at the tutorial of the program you want to use.
Correct illuminationLight sources behind or next to you can cast a “false light” on you. Make sure that your face is well lit. This creates trust with the other person. Avoid dark walls and light sources, so that no shadow distorts your appearance.
Fitting environmentRemember that you give your potential employer insight into your own “four walls” and thus also into your inner structure. A Ronaldo poster can create sympathy with a sporting goods manufacturer, but it is completely unsuitable for a position in a bank. Ultimately, you have to decide for yourself how many impressions you want to give to your interviewpartner and how they fit in with the company’s culture. With a neutral and bright background you are definitely on the safe side.
Correct postureSitting upright and holding your arms on the desk, you avoid nervous gestures. Ideally, your face and upper body should be visible in the camera. For smartphone applications, it is often a good idea to do this directly in a standing position.
Ocular contactTry to look into the camera as often as possible, especially at your answers, and thus into the eyes of your “interviewpartner”. As a little help you can attach a photo of a fictitious interlocutor behind the webcam. You shouldn’t read your answers, because they don’t look authentic in the video.
Dress to impressThe same dress code applies as for a personal interview.
Even if the recruiter won’t see how exactly you’re dressed in your video interview, it’s reflected in your posture and attitude.