Virtual Interview Guide For Candidates
Online video interviews are a fantastic way for our clients and candidates to meet; they provide both parties with the opportunity to build a strong rapport and represent themselves as if they were in a face-to-face interview.
With any interview, you need to ensure you are fully prepared and have the tools to make a memorable first impression. To help you prepare for this process, below you will find some extremely helpful tips about online video interviews from the team at FRAME Recruitment.
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
Pre-interview preparation is just as crucial as the interview itself and there are several factors you need to take into consideration.
Before we start planning how you are going to ‘wow’ your interviewer, it is vital to discuss the time and date of your interview.
After discussing the logistics of your interview with your FRAME Recruitment Consultant and you have received your interview confirmation, it is really important to take note and diarise the exact time and date of the interview.
Your FRAME Recruitment Consultant will provide you with an overview of the role and requirements, but it is your responsibility to go the extra mile to understand more about the practice.
Research is one of the most important parts of the entire interview process because it shows the client how committed you are to the role. The more you know, the better you will come across during the interview.
There are numerous ways to conduct company research, such as visiting the practice website and searching on Google or Wikipedia. In today’s world of recruitment, social media is a great platform for doing some background research on a company before an interview. Looking on platforms such as LinkedIn will give you a feel for the company’s tone of voice and brand values.
If you know who will be interviewing you, we would also suggest having a look at your interviewer’s LinkedIn profile. This will help provide you with a better impression of who you will be speaking with.
Treat your online video interview like you would treat any other interview, meaning the dress code should remain professional and well presented. The interviewer will be looking for candidates who professionally portray themselves. These days, even in a professional office, the dress code can vary from formal (suit and tie) to business casual and even jeans and trainers ‘casual’. However, don’t assume that this is the expected attire for the interview.
Ask yourself- “would I dress like this for a face-to-face interview?”
Preparing for the Interview
Now we have established the basics, you need to start preparing for the interview itself.
Make sure you are set up and logged on to the video software at least 5-10 minutes before your interview. Run a test beforehand to avoid any technical glitches. You should also be interviewing using a PC/laptop and not an iPad or mobile phone where possible.
Ensure you are set up in a clean and quiet environment to avoid any distractions during the interview. Don’t forget to set the camera up to a good height so the interviewer can see you clearly.
Turn off email and phone notifications so you don’t get distracted.
The client will more than likely want to discuss your experience to date, so print a copy of your CV to have with you during the interview - this will help you when you need to reference back to points and relevant dates made in your application. Not knowing the start and end dates of employment can come across as unprofessional and the interviewer may question whether the information is correct.
DURING THE INTERVIEW
The interviewer will be looking to hire individuals that they want to be representing their practice, and this is your one chance to wow the interviewer. You should professionally present yourself and remember that your body language will tell the client a lot about you as a person- so remain engaged and portray a pleasant demeanour at all times. The interview may seem more informal over video but keep it professional in every way that you can.
Communication is key during interviews but video software can cause a delay in internet connection. Therefore, you will need to speak clearly and slowly to ensure you are getting your points across, and the interviewer can understand everything you are saying.
Body language and how it is read is magnified on video, and facial expressions are the most important. Talking with a smile has never been more critical. You need to make sure that you are both "talking to the camera" and ensure your camera is directly in front of you at eye height. If you plan to use a laptop or notebook, consider raising it.
There is a reason News Readers and TV Presenters are more expressive with their facial expressions, voices and hand gestures to convey feelings or emotions on camera and the same is true for video interviews. Nodding your head more noticeably to show active listening, smiling more broadly, making greater use of hand gestures and varying the tone and emphasis of your voice all help.
Many interviewers report a lack of eye contact from candidates post video interview. You may be looking at the screen and not the camera, it is essential to compensate for this in the interview.
Pre-empt and prepare for questions or concerns the client might have about you. Where are my skills/knowledge gaps and how am I going to overcome these? How will I deal with my ‘reason for leaving’ my last job and why I left without another job to go to? Etc.
Prepare some questions for your interviewer/s. Doing your company research will help with this and remember to WRITE your questions down.
Even if the interviewer has managed to answer all of your questions during the interview, they will be impressed that you came prepared.
Finally, think about what other questions, that you didn’t have pre-prepared, you’d now like to ask. This shows you listen well and can think on your feet.
AFTER THE INTERVIEW
Once the interview is drawing to an end make sure you thank the interviewer for their time. This is also the last chance to showcase your commitment to the role. End the interview by letting the interviewer know that you are incredibly interested and share your availability for further interviews and start dates with them. This creates transparency and shows the client how enthusiastic you are about joining their practice.
As soon as your video interview has ended, call your FRAME Recruitment Consultant to debrief them on how you think the interview went.
After this discussion, your FRAME Recruitment Consultant will be able to start moving the process forward and discuss next steps with the client.
Now you have all the tools to succeed in your next online video interview, we wish you the very best of luck.