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POSTED Wednesday 27-07-22

10 Tips to Smash Your Video Interview – Part 3

Part 2 of this blog series looked at things to be mindful of during a video interview, such as breathing techniques, speaking clearly, looking at the camera and not yourself, and avoiding habits and distractions.

Our video interview tips will help you prepare and nail that interview regardless of the job level, executive or entry-level. Let us break down our top 10 tips to cover the pre-interview, during and post-interview process to ensure you’re ready.

After – Unwind with a Treat

An interview is a challenging experience, although, on occasion, it can be an enjoyable one. More often than not, we all find ourselves eating an interview sandwich. Two slices of anxiety before and after the interview and, of course, complemented with the interview stress filling.

Reward yourself when you have come to the end of your interview. Send your thank you email, then reward yourself with a treat. That might be some chocolate, a drive to your favourite relaxing place, or even a run. Anything that helps you decompress. For me, it’s a trip to the cinema; that is my space of solace.

Taking a moment for you helps clear the mind and prepare for the last tip on our top ten.

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After – Look back on your Performance

Once you’ve had the chance to de-stress, it’s wise to take some time to reflect on your interview takeaways.

Take the time to contemplate your performance and understand what went well from your point of view and what could be better next time. Even the people conducting the interview, at the end of the day, don’t go out of their way to make interviews harder. But, consider just a little what they could have done better and perhaps it will fuel some out-of-box thinking from you and questions to ask in your following interview.

More importantly, start by evaluating yourself against the previous tips and be honest about how well you executed them. Hopefully, you’ll have smashed the interview and won’t be looking for another one for a while. Unless it’s, of course, a promotion. Bear in mind that there is always the chance that another candidate will be hired ahead of you, so it pays to be prepared for an interview.

Finally, give the interviewer a professional headache regarding the final selection. If one candidate is head and shoulders above everyone else, it’s an easy decision. Use these tips and do all you can to ensure that you are ‘that’ candidate or that you are standing head and shoulders above the rest along with the person that performed excellently.

Summary

Video interviews may be a new thing to many people. Still, with the recruitment sector becoming increasingly digital, it’s safe to say that they aren’t going away anytime soon. And, with the two years of a global pandemic that we all went through, the digital takeover was shifted into third gear.

With that in mind and a little practice, you will become a video interview superstar. Whether setting up and staging your interview location the way you want it, learning to speak clearly or perfecting the art of performance self-review, there are plenty of ways you can smash your next video interview.

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