Social Distancing, quarantine, and isolation have many effects on everyone’s life around the globe and the recruitment industry has seen a huge increase in video interviews, as they can replace both the telephone interview and the physical meeting, avoiding travel time while ensuring effective distance between interviewers and candidates.
But even if video interviews have definite advantages, we also need to make sure that we are well prepared for this decisive step.
So what are the mistakes to avoid and the best practices to know? Here are our 8 tips, sometimes obvious, and sometimes less obvious, to be ready for your Video Interviews:
1) Place the computer / phone on a stable support, not on your lap or in your hand.
It is quite unpleasant for your caller to see the image move at your slightest movement, and you also might feel uncomfortable after 20 to 30 minutes while holding your phone or tablet, so ensure that you have a stable position before the interview begins.
2) Choose a neutral background
Avoid sitting in front of an overly colored wall or in a messy room (this should be obvious also as you surely don’t want to give the image of a messy person). Another factor to keep in mind is that If the “decor” around you is overloaded, you risk losing the interest of your interlocutor, who can slowly but surely begin to focus on what is behind you, rather than what you say.
3) Prefer a closed room and if possible soundproof
You cannot always ask members of your household to stop all activity during an interview. The easiest way to maintain a calm and calm environment in that case, is to find an as much as possible closed room where you can isolate yourself and where you do not risk being interrupted (by the way, also avoid trendy coffee shops to have your interview as we even if they may make you look like a free-spirited entrepreneur, you won’t be able to control your wifi internet connection as well as noise and activity happening around the place).
4) Test your hardware / connection before the meeting and not a few seconds before the start of your meeting (this one should also be obvious also).
Do not wait 5 minutes before the interview time to send or receive your login credentials and test your microphone / camera. This will save you a few minutes of unnecessary stress if your something is not working while giving the recruiter the message that you can be ready, in time, even in unusual environment.
5) Look at the webcam and not the screen
We don’t always know where to look during a video call, especially during a recorded video interview, but the best thing to do is to fix the camera lens, which is usually at the top of your screen. This will give your interlocutor the impression that you are looking him/her in the eye and therefore create a feeling of “virtual” contact.
6) Avoid having a light source at the back.
You will appear against the light and the contrasts of the image will be amplified for your interlocutor. This effect can make you look threatening, so always try to keep the light source’s soft, distant and not positioned right behind you.
7) Try to set a distance of 50 cm to 1 m between you and your webcam.
Keeping such a distance between you and the lens of your webcam will allow video framing to include your hands as well as your body language, which represents more than 50% of communication (non-verbal communication).
8) Remember to smile.
That last tip is probably the most obvious one, but the interview stress added to unusual situation, may keep you a bit tense as the call starts so, just try to stay natural and calm, while smiling.