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Top tips for preparing for a video interview

In these strange times, many schools and colleges are opting to carry out video interviews instead of face-to-face interviews. As we get used to this new way of recruiting, here are a few tips to help you succeed in your video interview.

September 28, 2020

Get organised

It is worth finding out (well ahead of the interview), which video platform your video interview will take place on. Make sure you download the software so you can test it. Most platforms will have an area where you can test your video and audio so you can be sure that it all works.

 

Check your lighting

When choosing where to sit for your interview, consider your light source. If the light is behind you, you will appear like a silhouette on your screen. To avoid this, it is best to face a window (allowing the natural light to fall on your face).

 

Check your surroundings

Make sure you choose a quiet spot for your interview. Avoid any background noise like the TV or radio. Also make sure that the room doesn’t cause an echo when speaking. All of these things can be tested on the platform ahead of the interview.

 

Check your internet connection

Make sure the room you intend to do your video interview from has a reliable internet connection. It’s worth calling a friend to test your connection and to make sure everything is working as expected.

 

Have a backup plan

Even with all this planning, things can still go wrong. So, make sure you have a contact number for the person who will be interviewing you so you can let them know you’re having problems. If you can’t get hold of them, you can always call your recruitment consultant who will try to get hold of someone for you.

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