02 Feb Preparing for a video-conferencing interview: our advice
Interviews are increasingly being held by video, due to a shortage of time or large distances. Look at a practice in more detail that is available to anyone and for which you have to adapt your discussion and prepare. Here is our advice.
How do you prepare for the interview?
Firstly, it is important to adjust your surroundings. Even if you are at home, it is necessary to find an uncluttered location with a neutral background and that is well lit. Above all, chose a quiet room where there is no risk of being disturbed.
Before starting the interview, think about testing your equipment. Ensure that your webcam and your mic are working correctly and that you have a good internet connection.
Just as with a physical interview, choose an appropriate professional manner.
Take good note of the telephone number of your recruiter. If there are any problems or you are cut off unexpectedly, you can always suggest simply finishing the meeting by telephone.
Finally, have your cv and cover letter to hand in electronic format in case your recruiter asks you for them.
What attitude should you adopt for the interview?
It is always more difficult to make an impression by video-conferencing compared with a physical interview. Smile and show dynamism to keep the interest of the recruiter.
Be concise and eloquent, showing that you are well-informed and that you are interested in the business in question exactly as you would for a traditional interview.
Rely on the expected skills that are suitable for the position provided. Structure your interview in order to proceed step-by-step in the description of your profile: talk about your experience, your tasks and what you have done in your previous positions but also about that which motivates you and the reasons you have been encouraged to apply for this position.
Finally, prepare a list of questions that you would be able to ask at the end of the interview in order to support, once again, the interest that you have in the company or the recruiter.
After the interview, do not hesitate to thank your interviewer by e-mail for the interest that they have given you and the positive points of your exchange.