Teach in the UK• 3 Min read

14th September 2021

How To Ace Your Video Interview

In recent times we are turning to advanced technology to help us connect and to continue being efficient in getting things done. Digital tools are contributing more and more when it comes to the job market. Virtual interviews are becoming an increasingly prevalent part of the hiring process giving an opportunity for a deeper connection than is often missing from a telephone interview.

We can all attest facing a job interview virtually can be nail-biting, especially if it is a new or unfamiliar experience for you. There are few helpful things you can do to make sure you are fully prepared for a video interview – giving the best chance of landing that dream job! Here’s our guide to acing your video interviews!

Treat It Like A Normal Interview

Get ready for your video interview in the exact same way you would a face-to-face one. You’ll need to research the mission and ethos of the school, which you can easily do online. Find out as much as possible about the job role you’ll be fulfilling, who you’ll be working with and the community around the school – use this info to prepare examples that will be relevant to the job. Write yourself prompts if you need to! Get a good nights sleep, give yourself plenty of time in the morning – It’s a good idea to be seated and logged in 15-20 minutes before your interview to ensure your audio and video are functioning properly. You should wear normal interview clothes to a video interview, both top and bottom!

Prepare Your Space

Your living room, bedroom or study is a pretty unusual location for a job interview, so you might need to make some adjustments to your set-up to give the best impression possible. Mess is a total no, as is anything controversial or distracting in the background. Virtual backgrounds aren’t recommended, if things are really bad, a well-placed sheet makes a plain background.

  • Adjust the lights in the room. The trick is to ensure the light source is positioned from behind your computer
  • Have a neat workstation, and keep your notepad and pen/pencil for you to take notes
  • Set out a glass or bottle of water for yourself
  • To avoid any unnecessary mistakes due to nerves, have a copy of your resume and any other notes ready for you to reference
  • Switch off your mobile or place it on silent

During The Interview

Once you get started in your interview, you’ll find you get into the swing of things. Obviously, video interviews are a different experience for both the employer and the interviewee – follow these simple tips to keep things flowing:

  • Speak slowly and clearly, and don’t ramble or interrupt – there’s often a small delay with video conferencing software, so make sure to listen carefully and watch for visual cues from your interviewer.
  • Use your prepared examples to answer questions. Explain how you dealt with confrontations, issues or difficulties in a positive way.
  • Smile – your expressions will form a big element of how your interviewer perceives you. Be conscious of your face especially when listening.
  • Have your own questions and be original. The question portion of an interview isn’t just about filling in information gaps, your interviewer wants to know that you are passionate about the job and where it could take you.

After The Interview

First things first make sure you turn off your camera and microphone and that you’ve left the virtual room! After any interview, it’s good practice to thank the interviewer for their time. If you have their direct contact details, a short email thanking them and summing up your enthusiasm for the job can really stand you apart from other candidates. If you are working with an agency, make sure you feedback how your interview went straight away, while it’s fresh in your memory. Your consultant can use your feedback to counter objections, guide the employer appropriately if you aren’t sure the role is a good match or finalise a job offer!

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