Learn more about the two types of video interview, and discover how preparing your tech, and researching can help you land your dream job.
Video interviews are nothing new. Many companies have been using this method for years to meet candidates, particularly when interviewing people living in another region or country or where travel to an on-site interview is not possible.
Since the start of the pandemic, video interviews like many other things have become the ‘new normal’. This is likely to continue as the world becomes ever more digital. Get ready, because if you are interviewing with Welocalize or indeed any company nowadays, it will most likely be virtual.
There are two kinds of video interview: live interviews and pre-recorded interviews.
Pre-recorded interviews provide you with questions you must answer by recording your answers. These interviews are usually used as a screening interview and you will have a time limit or a certain number of attempts to answer each question. Usually, you do not interact with a human, rather the process uses automated software.
Live interviews are just that – a video meeting with the recruiter or hiring manager. It’s the same as a face-to-face interview but conducted via video conferencing software such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
Pre-recorded or live, your successful interview starts with your tech.
Computers can have a mind of their own, especially when you need them most! Make sure you have your equipment checked before your interview, especially your video, microphone, and audio settings.
It is strongly recommended you make a test-call to check your sound quality and camera are working as they should be. Make sure you have a fully charged device as well. You do not want to be looking for your charger when your laptop decides now is the time to drop down to 1% battery.
It is also advisable to close any unnecessary applications on your desktop as video calls can use a lot of bandwidth and you do not want to risk performance issues or distractions.
First impressions are key. Whilst the bathroom might be the only lockable room in the house, don’t think about using it for a video interview (we’ve seen it happen!).
A quiet location is key so the interviewer can hear you. You can concentrate better, thus giving yourself the best chance of getting your dream job.
Remember to check how you’re framed on your webcam. Make sure your room is clean and tidy. A blank background usually works best.
Software like Zoom and Microsoft Teams have ‘false’ backgrounds you can use, but you will need good lighting to make that work.
First impressions count. Even though you are interviewing remotely body language is important. Remember to look into the webcam, not at the screen.
Smile, make regular eye contact, and be responsive to what your interviewer is saying. Do not be afraid to nod when appropriate.
The webcam should be at eye level. In terms of dress code, it depends on what job you are interviewing for. Suit and tie might be a bit too formal, but business attire is recommended.
There is an old saying ‘if you fail to prepare you are preparing to fail ‘ and this is 100% true for any interview, including virtual interviews.
Make sure you have done your research on the job you are interviewing for as well as the company itself. Do you know the values of the company for example? Or their mission statement? If you are not sure, then take the time to look through the company’s website, LinkedIn, etc. for more information.
The advantage of a video interview is you can have a copy of the job description and your CV as well as any notes in front of you to glance at and refer to.
Keep your answers concise and give specific examples. Consider using the STAR technique to frame your answers for competency interview questions (Situation > Task > Action > Result). If you aren’t familiar with this, search on the web.
Most of the tips we have laid out are common sense, but sometimes we miss on some details as we get excited by the prospects of our dream job. We hope this checklist helps you nail your next interview. In case you are on the lookout for a job, check our full-time openings.