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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds Video interviews are becoming more popular with employers, as the next step in the recruitment process, once you’ve been short-listed. Some employers prefer live interviews, via services such as Skype, while others prefer you to record an online video questionnaire. Employers can then watch it at a time that suits them. So here are our tips for video interview success.

Skip to 0 minutes and 33 seconds Follow the employer’s instructions carefully and get in touch with them if you don’t understand anything. Don’t leave it to the last minute. Make sure you know how to use the equipment and that it is set up beforehand. If you’re using your own equipment, try it out with friends or family. If you’re using equipment at the organisation’s office, arrive in plenty of time so you know how to use it. You need to feel confident and calm before you start. Put a sign on your door, if you’re at home, to make sure you’re not going to be disturbed. And turn off your phone. Adjust the camera so that it’s focused on you, and the microphone is close by.

Skip to 1 minute and 10 seconds Clean and tidy the table in front of you. Don’t sit with your back to a window and make sure that the wall behind you is plain. You don’t want to distract the interviewer with a ticking clock or if you were at home, with washing or the radio, or a television that’s on.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 seconds Dress as you would for any other interview. Watch our ‘What to wear at interview’, if you’re unsure. Avoid dazzling the camera by wearing brilliant white or bright colours, small stripes, or busy patterns. Go for solid, plain colours.

Skip to 1 minute and 43 seconds The microphone will pick up all the noise in the room, so don’t fidget or tap your pen. Look straight into the camera, make eye contact, and smile. It’s useful to switch on the picture-to-picture feature, so you can see how you come across. But try not to look at it too often, as you will appear to be looking down or to the side. Interviews are always nerve-wracking, but if you can adapt to the situation, it will reflect well on you. Try to be natural and don’t be afraid of the technology.

Top video interviews

As with telephone interviews, video interviews are becoming more popular with organisations and institutions as part of the recruitment process.

Some organisations prefer to conduct live interviews online while others prefer you to record an online video questionnaire which they can then watch at a convenient time.

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How to Succeed at: Interviews

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