As we all adjust to remote working during the Coronavirus pandemic, video interviewing is becoming much more prevalent and we’re all already seeing higher demand than ever for video or remote interviews at Chambers Group. 

By removing most of the logistical hurdles, video interviews offer more flexibility and can be a hugely efficient alternative to in-person interviews. If you're in a recruitment process now or are simply keen to push ahead with a search, we have detailed some advice. Follow these best practices to make the most of your chance when engaging with your potential new team:

• Choose a reliable platform that usually works well at your end (whether that’s Skype, Bluejeans, Facetime, Zoom amongst others) and ensure there’s a backup plan (even if that’s a phone call) when arranging the interview. Get the tech set up and tested in advance and make sure any log in details have been shared for a prompt start. Make yourself familiar with the functionality of the platform you choose, as you may need to share your screen if you are presenting information.

• Make sure you are presentable - forget the home clothes and make sure that you dress up in the same fashion that you would have dressed for a face-to-face interview. A first impression here is just as important as it would be if you were meeting in person, but it's also proven to get you in the right mental state to perform at your best.

• Don't set up anywhere messy. Make sure that the room that you're in is tidy and kept free from any unnecessary props. Avoid anywhere that has noise if possible. Treat the remote interview with the same level of importance of a face-to-face. Once you have set up your ‘interview room’, make sure you’re not risking family, friends or even pets walking in when the interview is taking place. Choosing an inappropriate environment says a lot about how serious you are about making the right impression.

• As you would in a face to face interview, ensure you are well prepared. Practise some of your responses to questions in advance and ensure you have done sufficient research into the role and organisation beforehand.

• When you're sitting in front of a person on a screen in a room, it's sometimes easy to forget the face-to-face etiquette. Look at the screen, as if you're keeping eye contact, or look into the camera. Just make sure your gaze is focused. Remember, first impressions are formed within the first seven seconds of somebody meeting you, so your body language has a powerful part to play in the opinion your interviewer forms of you as soon as they dial into the call. Also, be mindful of any potential time lag and take your time when answering questions.

These points above will ensure success and will show to potential employers your adaptability to digital means of interviewing, which will naturally impress a future employer. If you would like any more help with your search please do not hesitate to contact us on 01245 208000 or info@aj-chambers.com