Applying for jobs in Australia is easier than ever now thanks to Skype and other platforms that allow video interviews to occur.

 

However, the interview process can still be a nerve-racking and stressful experience, especially if you are unsure on how a video interview should play out.

 

In a video interview, it’s obvious that you should pay attention to your professionalism as well as your communication. But there are more things to be aware of when preparing for a video interview and here are six tips to help you understand what they are.

 

Check your Internet connection

It sounds simple, but if you’re on a laptop connected to the Internet via wi-fi, you will want to make sure that wi-fi will not drop out during your interview.

 

Situations where things go wrong often during important moments in life, such as a video interview for your dream job! Believe it or not, your interview being cut short because of a technical issue really annoys an employer.

 

So, invest your time in minimising the risk of your wi-fi cutting out or your internet connection slowing down.

 

Create your own environment

You’re now beginning to understand that you should always take video interviews seriously.

 

So, your next step is to find a place you feel most comfortable in and one with a background that will help add to your professionalism as well as your personality.

 

The employer will always take note of the background behind you, so you will want to ensure that the lighting is clear, and the background is well presented.

 

Turn off distractions

This one is easy. Switch your phone to silent before the interview and turn off all notifications.

 

You don’t want any emails or messages coming through, vibrating the phone, and distracting you from the task at hand, which is to make the employer interviewing you, see value in you.

 

Prepare, prepare, prepare

Much like any interview, you will need to prepare before it by researching the company, the person interviewing you – and your own job history.

 

You will get a lot of conventional questions, as well as unusual questions, so be sure to have a firm grasp of the company you are applying it. You can read the company’s website and their investor’s report to help you there. Investor’s reports are publicly available and are usually in the About section of a company website.

 

Then research the person who is interviewing you. This helps you understand who this person is as a professional. So be sure to check their LinkedIn page. Try to find commonalities with them.

 

Finally, go back through your own job history in your resume and make sure you have everything memorised. The person interviewing you will ask you questions about your work, so it will pay to have answers on hand, ready to go.

 

Watch your body language

The best thing about a video interview is that you have a buffer between you and the person speaking to you through your computer screen, so you have some control over how it goes.

 

You can set up the way the interviewer will see you on their end. If you are sat at a table for the interview, then you can hide your hands if you feel that you are fidgeting or uncomfortable with their position on the table.

 

Try to keep your body language positive, maintain a straight back, smile, make sure your hair is combed, make sure your eyes are focused on the interviewer. Be positive when showing your personality and answering their questions.

 

Dress professionally

Even though you’re not face to face with the interviewer, you should still dress professionally because their first impression of you will last.

 

There is an expectation from the employer with video interviews and that is for the interviewee, you, to be serious about wanting the job.

 

Your image is a key component to selling your value, so you should dress either in business attire or smart casual when taking your video interview.

 

Remember, the more video interviews you do, the easier they will become. But if you are still unsure about them, then please feel free to give us a call.

 

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At CSA – Career Success Australia, we work closely with you to make sure your personal brand and resume is perfect.

 

Contact us today – and start preparing for a career in Australia.

 

Careers Team @ CSA!