9 tips for video interviews

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A video interview is a great opportunity to move forward in the recruitment process and is an increasingly more popular means of being interviewed. It is worthwhile to approach the video interview with the same attitude as if you would meet the interviewer face to face, and it is a good idea to reserve enough time for it so that you can do it peacefully on your own.

1) RESERVE TIME & PREPARE

You should take video interviewing as seriously as a face-to-face job interview. It is a good idea to reserve enough time for the video interview to be able to practice it and be on a peaceful place where you can be alone. Dress as well as you would dress to a normal face-to-face interview.

2) PLAN YOUR ANSWERS BEFOREHAND

Most video interview tools have the ability to hear questions in advance. Write them on paper and plan what you are going to answer each question.

3) ANSWER CLEARLY & BRIEFLY

Maybe it is easier said than done, but keep your speech tight and informative. A recruiter may watch dozens of videos a day, so it's not worth the effort talk too long. Think when planning answers: what is the most important thing to say? What short and concrete examples can you give?

4) GET USE TO THE CAMERA

Practice as much as you can to get used to be on the screen. Smiling to the camera may seem funny, but it relaxes and gives a positive image about you. You can take a glass of water next to you, so you can take a sip of water if your mouth gets dry.

Although the video interview does not evaluate your appearance, it is worthwhile paying attention to your expressive behaviour: posture straight, look at the camera and cheekbones towards the ceiling! If you are tired, make a few jumps and shake your body to get life and energy for your performance.

5) BE ON A PLACE WITH LIGHT

In its simplicity, look for a good, neat background for filming. For example, a light wall works well. Do not let the laundry or dirty dishes show up in the picture. If possible, shoot in natural light. Check that there are no big shadows on your face.

6) PLACE THE CAMERA TO THE HIGHT OF YOUR EYES

Insert the camera at or above your eye level. If the camera is placed too low, the picture angle is not the best. You can also use your cell phone camera. However, place the phone on a flat surface before shooting.

7) MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD

This might be something taken for granted, but it's easily forgotten.

8) TRAIN!

If the video interview is not done in real time, you can practice answering and make test recordings. Practice as long as you feel good - do not exhaust yourself. Leave energy for the last version.

Sometimes a video interview is made so that when you start the interview, you have a certain amount of time within which you need to record your answer or you can only take two shoots - that is, the clock ticking in the background. Still try to stay calm: breathe and smile.

Before the interview, you can prepare and have paper and a pen in front of you so you can write things up while the video interview tool lets you prepare and think about your answer. Another option is just to calm your thoughts in your head.

9) DON'T POLISH TOO LONG

A video interview is not an audition test and you do not have to have a perfect performance. The goal of the video interview is to give the recruiter more information about you and complete your written application, so it doesn't hurt if your answer is little too long or you make couple mistakes with your words. The most important thing about a video interview is that you do it. Congratulations on your video interview!
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Sandra Lamppu

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