Updated: Aug 1, 2019
Acing a video interview is skill that all candidates should be looking to master. While more employers start introducing video, many are still stuck in the old recruitment processes. We at EmployMeet encourage anyone looking for gainful employment, to put their best foot forward, put themselves a step ahead of the competition and master this fabulous platform.
Luckily, being able to showcase yourself in a positive light is a skill that can be learned, so we've put together some tips to talk to help you be the best you possibly can in your video presentation.
Treat it like an interview, how would you answer questions within a set time and be the person a possible employer really wants to meet.
So, why videos?
In a video candidates are able to better showcase themselves and their personalities. The reviewer reads your body language, listens to your answers and learns more about you as a person. Your interests, passion and attitude all come through, without having to write pages and pages of words that nobody really wants to read.
This process paints a more accurate image of you as a candidate and gives employers a better idea of whether you could be the right fit for the role and the company.
Video offer some unique benefits that other forms of recruitment don't allow for.
How video work in your favour.
Let's say you don’t have the qualifications or experience on paper, a video interview can give you a foot in the door. "NAB, for example, uses an online questionnaire followed by a short video interview to pre-qualify candidates, instead of a resume".
Think of your video profile as an opportunity to sell yourself as you, the whole package.
Here are some useful tips to help you ace your video interview:
Talk yourself up.
One of the biggest differences with video compared to other recruitment processes, is that you won’t be talking directly to someone, you will be answering questions or talking about yourself as you would a friend or family member. Think about putting some questions or a bit of a script on the screen of your laptop, tablet or smartphone. This helps to keep you focused and look at the camera at the same time.
You won't have an interviewer probing you or asking questions so it is important to make sure you talk yourself up a little in the video. It’s essential that you spend time beforehand thinking about the skills, passions and capabilities you are able to offer a business. refer to your list and consider how you can add value to an organisation.
What are you good at and proud of? Create yourself a 30-second elevator pitch and practice delivering it until it feels more natural.
Imagine you are talking to someone.
Pretend there is a person on the other side of the camera as you speak, this will make it feel more natural. Video interviewees who know why they want to work for a company really stand out, so do some research on the type of businesses or industries that would interest you, or are community motivated.
Control your body language.
You’re going to be on camera and everything is under scrutiny, modify to your body language to ensure you really boost your delivery. Look into the camera, but don't stare at it continuously. Nod your head occasionally, lean forward but most importantly, smile genuinely. “When people are smiling in the interviews it gives us a good perception of the person,” says Virgo.
Structure your words.
As you aren't actually being interviewed, you need to move on from one point to another without being prompted. Use short pauses utilising your scrip or bullet points to ensure you structure your sentences and story-line. Make sure you keep an eye on the time and move from one statement or phrase to the next, and take time to breathe between each point. Natural pauses give you a second or two of thinking time.
Lastly, pop over to YouTube, watch how YouTube stars behave on camera. This is a great platform to grab some tips to be clear and engaging when you are recording your profile piece.
If you need help just ask!