The most important tips for a successful video interview
They are being used by more and more companies. Whether medium-sized or large companies, video interviews are used by more and more companies such as Beiersdorf, Hunkemöller or Microsoft. This is a stress situation for many applicants, which is completely normal. But much more you should see the video interview as a chance to score with your personal impression.
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 🙂
The following video already gives you an impression of how easy it is to consider the points mentioned and score points with the company.
Conduct 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.
Keep yourself short and precise
Be 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?
- In which field did you improve the most during the last 12 month?
- How do you handle complex projects?
- How do you relax after a stressfull day at work?
- What was your biggest challenge and how did you handle it?
The Technology Test
Start 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.
Light 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.
Remember 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.
Sitting 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.
Try 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 impress
The 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.
Speak clearly and plainly
Make sure you speak slowly and clearly. One advantage of time-shifted video interviews is the ability to repeat your answer in a second attempt. Make sure that street noise, children shouting and dogs barking do not affect your acoustics.
Very important: Remember to smile again and again, especially at the first impression during the video recording but also afterwards. This is how you present yourself as a positive personality and this is also reflected in your answers and rhetoric.