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Interviews via Teams/Zoom

Apr 19, 2024

Due to time constraints and ease to arrange, the majority of client companies are now undertaking their initial interviews with prospective employees via video. These are not to be approached casually.

Some see a video interview as informal, but please note……….

“THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN INFORMAL INTERVIEW”

You should therefore prepare thoroughly, just as you would for a face-to-face interview, plus the added dimension of making sure your equipment works properly.

Respond to the Request – Accept the invitation promptly, adding how much you are looking forward to the session. If other people are listed on the invitation, ask if more than one person will be undertaking the interview and their role in the business.

Use a Large Screen – We recommend you use a laptop or tablet, rather than a mobile phone. However, in case of mishaps it’s worth having a second device to hand via which you can connect.

Test Your Technology – Use a location where you know you have a strong internet signal. In advance test your webcam, microphone, (and headphones) to ensure they are working correctly. .Familiarise yourself with the video conferencing software being used which is likely to be either Teams or Zoom, and test it beforehand.
Have a backup plan in case of technical difficulties, including a phone number to call if you experience audio or video problems. Stay calm and composed if technical issues arise and communicate with the interviewer(s) to address any issues.

Choose the Right Location – It is important that you participate from a quiet well-lit space where you know you will not be interrupted and there will be no distracting background noises. Be aware of your surroundings, especially what is behind you, The room should be neat and look professional. Make sure there are no mirrors on the wall that could reflect your back, or what is on the wall in front of you.

Prepare Thoroughly – Undertake as much research into the company and the people interviewing you by thoroughly investigating their social media profiles and the company’s website. These might lead you to wanting more information, so will provide the basis for questions you can ask during your interview.

Your Glencourt consultant will be able to provide you with a list of possible interview questions you may be asked, so you can rehearse your answers in advance.
Learn the content of your CV by heart so you do not have to refer to it during the interview. Make a note of questions you want to ask and again learn these. Keep a glass of water within reach in case you need it during the interview.

Practice Makes Perfect – Conduct mock video interviews with a friend or family member to practice answering these interview questions and obtain feedback on you performed. Also record yourself during these sessions so you can review your body language, vocal style and overall impression.

Pay attention to your body language, including posture and facial expressions. Smile and maintain a confident and engaged demeanor throughout the interview.

Dress Professionally – Dress as you would for an in-person interview, opting for business clothes that reflects the company’s culture, usually smart casual. Avoid wearing bright colours or strong patterns that might detract from your own personality.

Maintain Eye Contact – Look directly into the camera when speaking to create a sense of connection with the interviewer(s). Avoid constantly looking at your own image or at other parts of the screen.

Be Mindful of Your Tone and Pace – Speak clearly and at a moderate pace to ensure you are easily understood. Avoid speaking too quickly, or mumbling.

Follow-Up after the Interview – Send a thank-you email to the interviewer(s) expressing your appreciation for the opportunity and reiterating your interest in the vacancy.

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