Ever since the global pandemic, there has been a surge in online interviews. Not only are people in need of work, but social distancing means in-person interviews are out of the question. But the video interview is not such a bad thing. It may have some disadvantages, but on the whole, it can be made to work quite effectively to display your skills, professionalism, and personality.
With in-person interviews, you will probably think about what you’re going to wear more than anything. First impressions count and probably double in the case of a formal interview. The clothes you decide to put on will say something about your mentality and professionalism. It’s not quite the same as a video interview. For one thing, the recruiter will only see your top half. Which should be professionally dressed, but with a video interview, your background becomes essential too. Your recruiter will make judgments about you based on your background, so make sure it reveals the right things about you.
Generally, we avoid being the first person in a Zoom meeting, opting instead to hop in at the last minute when everyone else is already well established. Which is probably down to shyness; nobody wants that ten minutes of awkward conversation. But conducting a video interview is very different. You want to be early in the same way you would be early for an in-person interview. Getting the timing is important; early is good, too early is not so good. If you’re late, or even just on time, it can seriously affect your chances of nailing a position.
When conducting the interview, you need to be aware of a few things. Professionalism is one thing. You need to make sure that you come across as someone who will turn up on time and perform to a high standard. At the same time, you need to be conscious of your personality. The recruiters are not only hiring you for your skills and experience, but they will also be your future colleagues and need to know they can get along with you. Don’t lay it on too thick, but be aware of this. Smile, and crack a joke if you can.
Play to Your Strengths
There are advantages to the video interview, especially if you’re an introvert. Introverts can sometimes struggle with in-person interviews partly because they are shy and don’t tend to stand out for their personalities. But in the video conferencing environment, an introvert has a chance to interview from their comfort zone. There’s no more scary office with artificial lights to cope with; you can make yourself feel comfortable in your home and interview more confidently as a result.
Ask a Question
At the end of a video interview, it’s common practice for a recruiter to ask if you have any questions for them. It would help if you asked something to show you have researched the company and are genuinely interested in the position. You could ask why the position has become available. That will give you an insight into the nature of the company and the position you’re applying for. But it makes more sense to ask if there is anything about you that requires reassurance. It will give you another chance to sell yourself and allow them to, hopefully, leave with a good impression.