When searching for a new engineering job it could be that you will be asked to attend a video interview. This may seem daunting at first, but don’t worry, we have a few tips to impress a Hiring Manager via video.
First off, practice! If you have never taken part in a video interview before, our recruiters are more than happy to help by having a trial run with you. You can arrange a Skype interview at our Meet the Team page, during which our recruiters can give you a few tips and tricks.
You should treat the interview in the same way as you would a face to face meeting, so this means your body language has to be expressive. Make eye contact (with your webcam) rather than looking at the person on the screen, remain animated as you would in a face to face interview and smile!
Another good tip is to make yourself presentable. Dress as you would for any interview – smart and professional. However, a video interview will mean the focus is not just on you. Make sure the environment behind you is clear of clutter and that you are well lit. Being in a dark and messy room does not present a good image, even if you are in a suit.
Other than these specific tips, make sure you prepare by researching the role and company and have gotten everything ready beforehand. The benefit of a video interview is that you can have your notes there in front of you (but try to be subtle when you use them).