Video Interviewing – Everything You Need to Know.
If you’ve been looking for work in the past few months, chances are you’ve heard of video interviewing, or video interviews. However, it’s understandable if you’re not up to scratch with what that means, as, until recently, they haven’t been widely used.
Lucky for you, we’re covering all the bases here today. We’re going to be going over what they are, how to do them, and more! So, without further ado, let’s get into it.
What is Video Interviewing?
Video interviewing is the process of conducting or participating in a job interview virtually. However, sadly, the term ‘virtually’ may not be as exciting as it sounds.
No, there’s no virtual reality here (yet), no robots, and no holograms. Instead, video interviewing relies on video calls to complete. Be it via computer, tablet, or mobile devices, video interviews allow the business and the potential employee to conduct an interview without sitting in the same room. Of course, during the current world situation, this becomes a huge advantage to conducting business at this time.
Is Video Interviewing New?
The short answer is this – no.
Video interviewing has, in theory, been around for as long as video calling has been available. However, of course, many businesses and companies saw video interviewing as ‘unprofessional’ and limiting up until now.
Due to recent world events, and the fact that businesses have had to learn to adapt to the current climate or close, there’s been a spike in video interviewing this year. Not only for interviewing, however, but also for business meetings, updates, conferences, and more. Any business-related meeting that would usually have been conducted face to face, chances are that it has been or will be conducted virtually in the near future.
Where Can I Perform or Participate in a Video Interview?
There are two parts to this point – where as in on which platforms, and where as in where you can be sat during the interview. So, let’s get into it:
In terms of platforms, the two frontrunners for video interviewing are currently Zoom and Skype, with the former booming in popularity recently. Apps like Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger also have video call capabilities but are used less than the two previously mentioned.
In terms of where you can conduct a video interview, in theory, anywhere that has an internet signal can be used. However, we’d recommend only conducting a video interview in a brightly lit room with a strong internet connection. We’d also recommend using headphones or earphones, as video interviewing isn’t full proof just yet. And all it takes is for a small lag or a drop in internet speed for you to completely mishear what the interviewer says and start answering a question you thought you’ve heard.
Lastly, when conducting or participating in a video interview, ensure you’re in a room alone, or can lock the door during (where possible). Nothing can be more distracting than someone popping in and out of the room whilst you’re explaining your biggest strengths and weaknesses. Plus, if you haven’t already, search “Children Interrupt BBC News Interview” on YouTube. You can thank us later.
How are Video Interviews Different to In-Person Interviews?
In terms of the questions you’ll be asked at a job interview, you can expect to be asked the same regardless of whether it’s in person, or during a video interview. However, there are a few changes you can expect in the overall process.
Of course, any practical side to an interview, such as a trial or showing some of your previous work, will change. Where in a regular interview you might be asked to provide physical examples of your work or complete a practical examination (such as a short trial), this is, of course, not available during a video interview. So, where possible, you’ll want to have digital versions of your work on hand, ready to either email to the interviewer or share on-screen during your interview. Of course, there are some roles or positions in which this isn’t possible. However, if you’re going to have to show examples of your work, chances are that your interviewer will have an idea of how to share it. It’s highly unlikely that the interviewer will ask to see previous work of yours, with absolutely no idea of how to do so. But it’s always handy to have the files and examples ready, just in case.
Who Can Participate in Video Interviews?
The beauty of video interviewing is that anybody can take part. From various members of the business or company to potential candidates up and down the country, video interviewing allows for a wider range of participants than a standard interview.
No matter which role or position you’re applying for, the interview process can be conducted via a video interview. As we’ve stated previously, there are still some areas of the interview process that cannot be completed virtually, but in terms of the initial face to face process, a video interview can be applied. Along with this, because no business room has to be booked out or much time is taken out of the day, anybody can conduct the interview. From a business partner or associate to the business owner, all it takes is a small portion out of somebody’s day to conduct the job interview. It’ll be interesting to see if video interviews stick around once things return to normal, but considering how much easier they are to conduct than regular interviews, we’re thinking that they will.
So, there we have it, everything you need to know about video interviews. Now that you’re up to speed, why not check out our jobs page?
If you’re looking for more blogs to help brush up on your interviewing skills, check out our other blogs. From how to answer questions to how best to present yourself in terms of body language, we’ve got something for everyone.
Thanks for reading, and good luck at your next (video) interview!