Before the video interview
Check your tech: Be sure the technology being used for the video interview is installed and working before your meeting. Test the connectivity, as well as the microphone and camera. Technology glitches on the day of the interview create the wrong impression, casting doubts on your interest in the job, your technological skills, and your ability to problem solve. Have a back-up plan just in case something beyond your control goes wrong the day of the interview. (For example, phone numbers to continue the conversation)
How to test your tech: Be sure you've downloaded, installed, all the relevant software/app (i.e. Skype, Zoom, Teams, Hangouts, etc.) well before your interview is scheduled.
Location, Location, Location: Choose a location that looks professional. The ideal would be an office or conference room but as this is not always available, the key things to remember is to choose an appropriate background: a blank wall, a book case, office space, are all acceptable.
During the video interview
Personal appearance: First impressions are lasting impressions, even via video, so ensure that you dress in appropriate business attire for your video interview. Ensure your clothes are ironed.
Don't get distracted: Many people find the image of themselves on screen distracting; if this happens to you during your practice sessions try putting a post-it note over the image or select speaker-only view.
Relax: Let your personality shine through. Look at the camera, be yourself, smile, speak in your normal voice at normal volume, take your time, finish the interview by thanking the caller for their time.
Interaction: Listen to the questions being asked and answer directly. Find the balance between a one-word answer and going off on a tangent or providing superfluous information.
Competency Based Questions:these are often used to score candidates on a scale so that direct comparisons can be made between interviewees. For example: ‘Have you been in a situation where…?’ ‘Yes, I used it on a project recently where we did x, y, z…’ Give confirmation and a succinct answer. If the interviewer wants to know more they’ll ask, and this will make the interview more conversational and comfortable. You can research these and prepare answers in advance – they can be tricky to think of on the spot sometimes.
Tell me about yourself: The interviewer is as interested in you as a person as much as your skill level and they’ll be looking to see if you fit their company’s culture and will get along with other members of the team. It’s a good idea to prepare a 20 second ‘marketing statement’ detailing some personal and professional attributes.
What are your strengths and weaknesses? Use your CV to pull out your star attributes and have 2 or 3 of each and reasons why. Don’t forget to turn the negative to a positive.
Tell me about a recent problem and how you solved it: Be specific and describe what YOUR actions were and how they influenced the outcome.
What do you know about our company?Ensure that you’ve done your research so you can give them some background, industry awareness, current news, or other insight.
How long have you been looking for a new job?This can be tricky if you’ve been looking for work for some time, but be honest. If you have been away on a extended holiday or done some voluntary work, you could mention this.
Why should we employ you?The answer to this question should be based on your previous experience and achievements that relate to their company and the role. At the end you might want to add that you think there is a good fit between you and the job.
What can you contribute? This is your chance to shine. Tell them about your achievements in your previous position(s), which are relevant to the new position you are applying for.
Why do you want this job? What can we offer that your current role doesn’t?Stress the positive points that attracted you to the role. Do not dwell on the negative aspects of your current job. Stress specific opportunities for personal growth, new challenges, what you’ll bring to the role... etc.
What was your greatest success and how did you achieve it? Pick an achievement that is related to their needs and describe your personal involvement.
Any questions for us? This is asked at nearly every interview. Come up with four or five good questions about the job and company, write them down and take them with you. This will remind you of what you are hoping to find out from the interview and also shows that you are well prepared.
After the Interview
After your interview, call your Required IT consultant and give your feedback while it's fresh in your mind. They will use this to negotiate the best offer.
On receipt of an offer, the key things to take into account are:
There are online resources you can use to check salary, but they’re only a guide and many factors will affect the salary package offered.
Required IT experts place IT professionals into new roles on a daily basis, so do not hesitate to ask for advice or share any concerns you may have. We're here for you, and will be able to help you more effectively if you give us all the facts.