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How to Succeed At Video Interview

Last updated 12-Aug-16 11:58

What to Expect

Video interviewing is increasingly becoming more and more popular in the graduate recruitment world. You will be asked to answer seven questions which will be listed on your left hand side of your screen. For each question you will be given 1 minute 30 seconds to prepare an answer and then 1 minute 30 seconds to deliver an answer.

You should use the preparation time to think about an example from your previous skills and experience that you can use to help you to answer the question. You may wish to make a few brief notes but do not read from them when recording your answer. Once complete, your interview will automatically be sent to our recruitment team. We will only shortlist after the deadline has passed (midnight, Sunday 14th August).

Preparation is Key

Before you start have you considered the following things?

Our Top Ten Tips

  1. Look the part - treat your video interview as you would a face-to-face interview. That means dress as you would for a regular interview and prepare accordingly too.
  2. Prepare your surroundings - ensure that there is nothing that will distract the recruiter from what you are saying e.g. no background noise. You would be surprised at how often we see a family member or friend in the background.

  3. Get to know the technology - Practise the interview on the device you will use for the real thing. If you plan to record your response on your smart phone or tablet, make sure you have edited the settings so the device will not automatically screen lock during the interview – this will shut you out of your interview.

  4. Creating a rapport - make eye contact with the camera and do not look at yourself in the screen. You can still build rapport through body language and attitude even though no one is on the other end!

  5. Prepare – Get to know the organisation, our corporate plan and key areas of work. Have a couple of prompters in front of you at the time of the interview.

  6. Reacting quickly to technical glitches – if you think something has gone wrong – address it immediately. We can usually reset certain elements for you if something has happened with your connection. This is much harder to rectify however once the deadline has passed.

  7. Practise makes perfect - Get to know how you sound by practising answering the questions with a friend or family member, encourage them to be as critical as possible.

  8. Conduct all tests - Test your equipment and ensure that the microphone and camera are working before conducting the real thing.

  9. Be prepared for extra time - you may be asked if you would like to add anything else regarding your skills, experiences or reason for your application.

  10. Relax – Try to enjoy the interview as much you can. This really comes through in your tone and attitude and could make all the difference.

Overall, video interviews can be quite scary but they can also be fun! Don't let the technology phase you; practise will not only relax your nerves but also help you to make the most out of this opportunity and show us why you are the best person for the job. Remember, the FUSE interview is not role specific, it is based on our 5 graduate competencies:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Collaborative
  • Adaptable
  • Driven
  • Commercially Minded

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