Interviewing differently during Covid has become the “new Norm” with Zoom & Facetime becoming the way to conduct interviews whilst remaining “safe” Whilst interviews can be stressful there are ways on how to minimise stress and self-consciousness so that we can still shine & deliver a purposeful interview and get that all important result of securing a new role. We at Xpert Recruitment Solutions thought this may help you when thinking of Zoom, Skype or Facetime!

To get used to the technology and the body language of a video interview, it’s useful to do some practice video calls with friends or family members. Ask them to give you candid feedback about your appearance and eye contact. Run through it a few times until things start to feel natural.This practice can make all the difference in your interviews. Set aside time in your schedule in the weeks and days leading up to your interview—you’ll find your confidence growing as you become more comfortable in front of the camera.

On the day of your interview, review this checklist as you’re setting up:

– Work on your body language.
– Find a quiet, private, well-lit place, free from possible interruptions.
– Ensure your internet connection is stable.
– Check that your computer’s audio is working.
– Test your computer’s webcam.
– Prepare answers to the most common questions…..
– Speak slowly and clearly & provide answers with detail & depth
– Close any unnecessary web browser tabs and applications.
– Dress professionally and avoid bright colours.
– Have a pen, notepad and copy of your resume / CV on your desk.
– When listening, nod and smile to show you are engaged.
– Use hand gestures when appropriate.
– Place your phone in silent mode.
– For your video interview, you should dress professionally—the same way you would for an in-person interview. Research the company & its culture before your interview so you have a good idea of what’s appropriate.
– To look your best on camera, avoid bright colours and patterns and opt for softer colours instead. If you are wearing a tie, wear a solid colour rather than a patterned one. If you wear glasses, adjust the lighting in the room to reduce glare from the lenses.
– Position the camera so that you are looking up slightly and centered on the screen. While it’s likely that the interviewer will only see your upper half, it’s still a good idea to wear professional pants or a skirt in case you need to stand up for any reason.