How to Succeed at Video Interviews

April 9th 2020 | Posted by phil scott

How to Succeed at Video Interviews

How to Succeed at Video Interviews

There is no doubt that the current international situation is difficult for finance professionals. However, there are still many interesting career possibilities for finance directors.

That being said, there have been some changes to the recruitment process that have happened as a result of the need for social distancing. One of these changes is the increased use of video interviewing. This means that finance directors who are applying for roles in the current climate need to adjust to being interviewed on camera rather than in person. With this mind, there are several important factors to consider.

The value of being prepared

Before the interview starts, it’s essential to be prepared. This should include:

  • Making sure that there will not be any interruptions during the interview.
  • Ensuring that the environment allows for the relaxed use of positive body language.
  • Having all relevant documents close to hand so that they can be referred to if necessary.
  • Keeping folders and email accounts open so that any necessary documentation can easily be accessed.
  • Considering the use of headphones to improve the sound experience.

How to dress for the interview

It’s important not to become complacent about dress just because an interview is not being conducted face to face. Finance professionals who want to succeed in an interview should ensure that they dress for success. However, it’s important to avoid distractions like busy patterns on clothing, ornate jewellery or over-the-top make-up.

Engaging with the interviewer

During any interview to camera, it’s vital to engage with the interviewer. This involves looking into the camera and not at the screen. It also involves keeping straight and still while leaning slightly towards the camera so that the interviewer can better interpret body language.

Making sure that the setting is appropriate

If a finance professional has a home office, this is usually a good environment for a video interview. It’s important to make sure that the setting has decor that is not distracting and that the lighting is sufficient and as flattering as possible.

Preparation for technical problems

Technical issues can be problematic during a video interview. The chances of problems happening can be reduced by testing all equipment before the interview takes place. However, it’s still possible for glitches to happen on the day. If there are any interruptions to connection, or other types of interference, it’s important to let the interviewer know and ask for clarification of any missed questions. It also helps to speak clearly and at a measured pace and to make sure that the interviewer knows that questions have been heard and understood.

Summing up is as important as ever

It’s important to remember that summing up is always important in a job interview. This is as true for video interviews as it is for face to face interviews. It’s essential to summarise the main points of the interview and to ensure that the expected follow-up actions are fully understood.

Following these steps can help finance professionals to be successful in obtaining interesting roles even during these times of uncertainty.

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