Although we are all comfortable using video calling in our social lives, it is still something slightly foreign to most candidates in an interview situation. So here is a quick guide to the do’s and don’ts of video interviewing.
DO prepare as if it were a face to face interview. Research the company, members of the interview panel, the market, competition etc., and have questions prepared to ask the interviewer/panel. DO check your equipment and connection before the interview and make sure you are comfortable
using devices and software. If you have to buy or borrow equipment for the interview get hold of the best you can and typically external microphones give the best sound quality. If you are using a remote location make sure beforehand that the connection is reliable. (We will be happy to arrange
a test call before the interview).
DO make sure you are in a well-lit area and the background is appropriate.
DO dress professionally FROM HEAD TO TOE….Don’t risk it!
DO make ‘eye contact’. Both parties appreciate that this can be hard to do but make sure that the camera is positioned centrally so that you can look directly into it.
DO take advantage of being able to use prepared (out of shot) notes. DON’T try and read from a screen.
DO smile and be personable and if you are conducting the interview from the employer’s site make sure to be courteous and professional to everyone that you meet.
DON’T SHOUT! (see above about using external microphones).
DON’T be put off by technical glitches, delays (common on calls to the Caribbean). Stay calm, don’t be afraid to pause or ask for a question to be repeated. Note to interviewers; the chances are you will have more experience of video interviews than the candidate so please put the candidate
DON’T move around. Keep in mind posture, body language and hand gestures.
DON’T forget to have a notepad and pen to hand. If you are unable to take notes during the interview, do so immediately afterwards.
DON’T use an unprofessional ID/Username. If you haven’t changed it since university, you might want to update it.
DON’T forget to have a glass of water handy should you need it but DON’T drink so much that you are jumping around in your seat because you need a comfort break.
DON’T forget to end in a professional manner; this may be Skype but you are not speaking to Nana!
Hopefully these tips will help and our consultants will do everything they can to make sure you are as prepared as possible for your upcoming interview and that you land your dream job.
If you are interested in discussing what an offshore career move may hold in store for you, we are always happy to answer your questions.
Contact Highbury Consulting: Cayman: +1 345 3280555 London: +44 (0)20 8144 4576.
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