Bored of your job? Overworked and underpaid in your current position? Looking to ditch the office and find a new life roaming the world as a digital nomad? Have a horrible boss? Whatever your reasons for joining the daunting world of the job search, there’s plenty to think about when it comes to securing your dream career.
There’s your CV, the hours trawling through listings, the tricky balance of finding something you love and getting paid enough to live, and of course, there’s the interview process. To make matters worse, today’s job interviews can be arduous and challenging—often taking place over multiple time slots with different people.
For instance, you might be asked to take part in a video job interview before you’re ever invited to the company’s office, and this type of pre-vetting is now very common. Of course, you should approach this kind of interview in the same way you would a more conventional one. However, there are a few extra things you’ll need to consider to give yourself the best chance of success. So, if you’re getting ready to ditch your current 9 to 5 and move onto bigger and better things, take a look at our top tips for video interviews and rock the first step to your dream job.
Find a quiet corner
It’s easy to forget your surroundings when you’ve got the stress of an important call. However, it should go without saying that the busy coffee shop underneath your current office is probably not the ideal spot to conduct a video job interview. Choose a spot that’s quiet, well lit, and where you’re unlikely to be disturbed. Also, remember to check what’s in-frame behind you. After all, you wouldn’t want that risqué, avant-garde picture that’s hanging on your wall to take the attention away from what you’re saying.
Use a decent internet connection
Video calls depend on a fast and reliable internet connection for both video and audio quality. You want your prospective employer to meet your best-self, and there’s nothing worse than intermittent audio and/or pixelated video when you’re trying to get across the finer points of your skills and experience. Check your connection with fast.com. Anything over 8Mbps should be fine for video job interviews, but the faster the better.
Check your mic and camera
Our third tip for video job interviews is to check both your microphone and camera are working, and that the app you are using to make the call has permission to access them—BEFORE you start the call. You definitely don’t want to be messing around with your call settings when it’s time for your interview. It’ll only add to the stress and make you look unprofessional. After all, if you can’t successfully set up a video call, what chance do you have of landing that sweet gig in digital marketing?
Minimize digital distractions
Whether you’re using a smartphone, tablet, or computer to make the call, you’ll want to make sure there are no other digital distractions that will interrupt your flow. Turn off all notifications, shut down other apps and software, close down browsers and anything else that might lead to a mid-call interruption. You want to focus entirely on the video interview without the intrusive pings, bleeps, and rings of your daily life getting in the way.
Dress to impress
Just like with a traditional face-to-face interview, you should dress the part and ensure first impressions are not about your questionable choices in fashion. Wear something smart but keep it simple. Bright colors or patterns might not translate very well during a video job interview. Of course, if you’re the subversive type, you can always try the old newsreader trick and go pantless—just remember to keep the camera directed at your face!
To successfully navigate both pre and post-interview stages, taking notes is crucial. Before your video job interview, list the most important points you want to get across to your prospective employer, as well as a few useful points about the company itself. That way you’ll have the information you need right in front of you, and you won’t be tempted to start scouring the web for the answer to a question. Take notes during the interview too, paying particular attention to what is said. That way, you can match points made by the interviewer with your skills and experience when you follow up.
Have a plan B
If for any reason your video call fails, you should always have a plan b. Ask for the interviewer’s phone number before you start and if all else fails, you can revert to a standard phone call, and at the very least touch base and arrange another time to speak.
Follow up with an email
Following up a video job interview is much the same as any other type of interview. Send an email expressing how you enjoyed speaking with your prospective employer and bullet-point your most relevant experience and valuable skills. Here at Spike, we want you to grab that dream opportunity with both hands, and our fresh approach to email makes following up after an interview simple. Download the app and send your follow-up, mark an expected reply date on our integrated calendar, and enjoy free video calls from your smartphone or tablet with other Spike users. Want to learn more? Check out the full feature set here.