Tips for a successful video interview during a pandemic

Posted by Fed Finance Canada in Our employment advice
Posted at 17/11/2020
Tips for a successful video interview during a pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many companies to start working from home. As a result, many businesses started conducting their job interviews through video calls.

But is a remote job interview that different from a "normal" interview? Are there additional factors to consider to make sure that your interview goes well and you get the job?

Here are our video interview tips to make sure you are well prepared.

Prepare as if it was an in-person interview

Other than the fact that they are done remotely, video interviews are not that different from in-person job interviews. The employer or recruiter will ask you the same questions and speak to you the same way as if you were sitting in front of them.

This means that you need to be just as prepared for a video interview as an in-person interview. Find out more about the company, their values and the position you are applying for.

For example, if you are applying for an accounting firm, learn about the company's strengths, expertise and recent performance. Use this information to think about what more you could bring to the company based on your experience and skills.

This will help you better showcase your most important skills for the job and show the employer that you are truly motivated to work there.

Test your devices a few times before the interview

Video interviews can be very useful, especially during a pandemic when meeting in person is not an option.

However, these interviews heavily depend on the computers working well. If something goes wrong, the interview could be delayed or even postponed, which can be stressful for both a candidate and a recruiter.

You should test your computer and platforms a few times before the interview to make sure everything works well. Ask the employer which videoconference platform they will be using to make sure it is compatible with your computer (Skype, Zoom, etc.).

You can also do a test call with a friend to make sure that your WiFi connection, webcam and microphone work well.

Prepare your background and set up

You do not need to worry about what is behind or around you during a regular interview, but this is not the case for video interviews. Make a good impression by thinking about what your background will be before the day of the interview.

For example, seeing dirty dishes in the background might look less professional than a neutral background.

Try to set yourself up somewhere with a plain wall, free of any decorations that could distract your interviewer. You should also remove any unnecessary objects from your sight so that you can be completely focused on the conversation.

Finally, make sure to deactivate any computer or phone notifications that could be distracting during the interview.

Be at your best, even from a distance

The fact that the interview is done from the comfort of your own home does not mean that you can stay in pyjamas. As a finance candidate, you should be dressed professionally to make a good impression during the interview.

Being at your best does not only depend on your physical appearance. You should also make sure you express yourself well, both through verbal and nonverbal cues.

Considering that you will be speaking through a microphone during a video interview, make sure to articulate well and not speak too fast so that the interviewer can hear you clearly. You should also look towards your computer camera when speaking to your interviewer to show that you are engaged in the conversation.

Finally, as with a regular interview, try to control your gestures. Avoid large movements so that you do not distract the other person when you speak.

Have everything you need within arm’s reach

One of the advantages of video interviews is that you can have any document you might need at arm’s reach. Make sure to have your CV, cover letter and the detailed job offer nearby. You should also have a notepad and pen with you to take notes during the interview.

You can also prepare a small checklist to remind you to mention specific information or ask your interviewer certain questions.

Show your interest in the position

The recruiter or employer usually leads the conversation during job interviews. However, this does not mean that you cannot intervene if you have any questions or want to say something. Being dynamic and receptive during an interview shows the recruiter that you are interested.

Be proactive during the interview. If you have anything that comes to mind during the conversation, write it in your notepad to make sure to bring it up later. Make sure that the employer is interested in what you are saying and wants to continue the interview.

At the end of the interview, simply thank the interviewer for their time since you cannot shake their hand. Make sure to send an effective follow-up email to further show your interest in the position.

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In conclusion, a video interview is not that different from an in-person interview. A successful interview simply requires you to be well prepared, be at your best even through a screen and make sure that your computer and video platform work.

Would you like more advice for a successful job interview? At Fed Finance, we help finance and accounting candidates find their dream job.

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