How to remain professional during a video call interview

May 27 2020 , 0 Comments

Video interview tips

Today, technology is arguably the most important aspect of any business. From recruitment to day-to-day work life, we are now more than ever dependent on teleworking to keep our world connected and moving forward. Due to the current situation and social distancing measures, you may think online interviews and digital video calls will be a breeze, however, there are a few things to bear in mind to remain professional.


Looking professional 

You may not know the recruiter on the other side of the screen, making it even more important to give a good impression with your appearance. Something as simple as not combing your hair or your tie is loose could tell the recruiter that you aren’t putting your all into getting the job. Of course, being professional in video calls does not mean that you have to pretend to be someone you are not. 

Everyone who goes for an interview has worries about what to wear. Our top tip is to think about what type of work it is. Are you trying to get a graduate role at a top law firm? Or will you be working at a restaurant? Either way, you still need to remain professional, but ask yourself how others will be dressed. If in doubt, go for comfortable clothes, however, avoid the joggers and top you have been living in. Remember that they shouldn’t be able to see you from the waist down!

To be a professional at work video calls, you will also have to adopt a proper posture and be careful with aspects that may have been overlooked. 


Clear your background

Test your frame first! It may be far easier for you to just jump on call, however, think about your surroundings beforehand and test the camera view. Sometimes you can be surprised how much of your room the person on the call can see! 

Of course, no one wants to give the wrong impression in an interview call, so that means no beer in the call frame, even if it is from the night before. Try and find a plain background avoiding clutter. Of course, they will understand that you are probably in your home so you don’t need to avoid having every item out of view. Ensuring it is tidy is way better than a pile of mess! The interviewee may question your productivity and your preparedness if not! 

Also, try to have good lighting in your background. You don’t want to be a silhouette or to be too bright! 


Get rid of background noise

Always remember to let your flatmates know about your call and if you have a barky dog try to make sure they are in a different room with someone else! These are only small parts of your interview but can cause big disturbances.

Also, you and your recruiter want to be able to hear each other, so noise from the streets or your house can make it harder to communicate. Especially if you do it from home, you can forget things as basic as turning off the music that you play in the background to “get inspired”. 


Be prepared!

Ultimately, this step would be mentioned before any interview and just because this one is online, doesn’t mean it is any different! Take a read over your application and the job advert while doing research on the company. Hopefully, this will also help you come up with some questions, showing your interest in your position. 

Also, have your CV in front of you and if you are asked to do a case study, make sure it is easily accessible or printed out so that you aren’t trying to juggle finding the right tab while on the call. 

Lastly, check your internet and that you have the right access to join the call. Of course, you may have technical issues, so if you do, inform the recruiter straight away and see if you could have a phone interview instead. 

Ready to take on your online interview? With these steps, you will be well on your way to having a successful interview!

Written by Rebecca Hart, an Online Marketer at StudentJob UK. If you are starting your job search but not sure where to start, then check out StudentJob. Our application tips will help you create an effective CV, cover letter and help you smash interviews!

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