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Conducting interviews over video is increasing in popularity, but may be a new – and unwelcome – experience for some candidates. Emma Alkirwi has some advice for people facing video interviews.
With remote working, flexible working, international hubs and bases, conducting interviews over video is becoming increasing popular. Therefore, it is important to prepare yourself for this possibility and this can be something that many people find dreadfully uncomfortable. We are used to telephone interviews, but video interviews are relatively new.
It helps accelerate recruitment processes as interviews can be conducted outside office hours as well. For example, it will save you the travel time to the interview, especially if you are considering relocating.
There are many other benefits for both the employer and the candidate. The employer still gets the benefit of actually meeting you, it saves them finding the office space and is proven to save around 20-30 minutes in interviewing at either side of the process. You also get the added benefit that if there is more than one interviewer and they are in different locations it is easier to schedule an interview sooner.
It is important to ensure your phone or laptop are set up properly:
It is important to take note of your body language as you would during a face to face to interview:
Finally, make sure you practice! Interviews can be daunting enough without worrying about the video element so try and get comfortable in front of the camera.