We all know how daunting an interview can be. The rattling nerves, mind-blanking on everything you have prepared, speaking too fast or forgetting how to speak at all!
This year, we have increasingly found ourselves adapting to different interview methods, especially via video. There are still lots of opportunities out there waiting for you, so why not take a look at some of our hints and tips to help you be the best you can be via video…
Preparation is key. It shows the interviewer that you are passionate about the role and that you’ve really taken the time to get to know your stuff. You can do things like:
- Make some notes to have to hand – though be mindful not to refer to these constantly, otherwise it will seem scripted or possibly robotic to the interviewer.
- Ensure the interviewer has access to your most up-to-date CV prior to the interview, so they can really get a feel for what your skills and experiences are.
- It’s really important that you have taken the time to do plenty of research on the Company you are applying to, as well as their ethos, values and strategy. This is a sure-fire way of impressing the interviewer.
- Take the time to look at your potential team members LinkedIn profiles, this will show your interest prior to meeting them.
- First impressions are vital, so wearing the correct interview attire is important. It may depend on the role, but this will normally be smart office wear. It might feel a bit odd wearing this in your bedroom or living room, but the effort really makes a difference.
- It is important that you know your CV inside and out. You don’t want to be caught off guard by not being fully familiar with previous work history or achievements.
- Prepare answers in advance for some potential competency based questions that may be asked. Refer to the STAR method (S – situation, T – task, A – action and R – result) when answering. It’s important to get the right balance of answering in enough detail and knowing when to stop…
- Ask the interviewer if you need to prepare anything in particular beforehand, such as a presentation and the length of time they expect this to be.
- It is always good to show that you are focussed and engaged during your video interview. The Hiring Manager will notice wandering eyes and yawning.
- Turn off your mobile – now is not the time for your friend to be calling to see what your dinner plans are.
- Pace yourself and know when to finish your answer. If you feel like you have finished what you need to say, you’re probably right.
- It is hard for us humans to brag about ourselves, but make sure to sing your own praises (but not too much!). Don’t be afraid to talk about your accomplishments and achievements, this may well be the difference in you securing the position.
And remember…. always be yourself and let your personality shine through. Keep an eye on our careers website for any vacancies – we can’t wait to hear from you!