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How to have a successful video interview 

2 min read | By: Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President, on March 23rd, 2020

There are several things you can do increase your chances of successful video interview while you search for your ideal role. Here are some key tips to keep in mind while you prepare for your next interview remotely .

Prepare your interview area
The setting you use for your video interviews will speak volumes about your professionalism. Make sure the background is clean, with no distractions or bright colors, and be aware of what can be seen behind you. Stay in the same area and ensure you are not disturbed during your interview – you should be the focus.

Dress for the part
It’s just as important to make yourself presentable for a video interview as it is for a physical one – and we don’t just mean your top half. Dressing well will not just come across to your potential employer, but will also help get you in the right mindset for a professional interview.

Check your technology
Test your internet speed and stop any other data-intensive activities like downloading or streaming before your interview. Ensure the applications work and that you know how to use them beforehand - being able to effortlessly share your screen, for example, is great for talking through documents or presentations.

Pay attention to your body language
All the focus is going to be on you during this interview, so practice your body language in front of the camera and play back how it would look to the interviewer. If you need help, ask your consultant for some advice on presenting yourself on camera.

Sign in early
Punctuality is even more important during a video interview than it is face-to-face, as there are no external factors that may affect your arrival time. Sign in early and run some pre-call checks to make sure you’re ready for a prompt start. Ensure you have enough battery on your device and access to a charger if need be.

Have your closing questions prepared
Just like a physical interview, you make some of your best impressions with the questions you ask. Make sure you’re up to date with your potential employer’s latest activities and ask your consultant for some examples of excellent interview questions.

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