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8 tips on how to do a video interview

By 14 Jun 2022Hiring tips3 min read
  • Many companies have started making use of video interview software, such as Wamly. 
  • It allows companies to send candidates a link, who can then complete an interview without a panel being present. 
  • Many candidates have reported that it is a more enjoyable experience to complete an interview. 

To speed up their hiring process – and to create a better interviewing experience for candidates – many companies have started making use of video interview software such as Wamly.

Video interview software allows companies to send candidates a link who can then complete a recorded interview without an interview panel present.

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This is done by the software prompting candidate questions and giving them a time limit within which they have to complete it.

A typical one-way video interview has five to eight questions, with 30 seconds to 1 minute to respond to each question.

Once completed, the organisation will be alerted that the candidate completed the interview, and the interview panel will then be able to rate and review it in their own time, when most convenient.

Here are 8  ways to complete a great video interview: 

1) Test out the software 

When doing a video interview, one of the best ways to feel comfortable is to test out the software. The Wamly system will automatically check connection, hardware as well as provide the candidates an opportunity to complete a practice question before they start an interview, guiding them on how to complete an interview.

2) Have the right environment 

The environment remains important, even though a one-way video interview can be completed from anywhere.

Ensure that you have a plain background, that your face receives good lighting, and that you have the correct camera angle.

You also want to complete the interview in a quiet setting where there aren’t any distractions. It’s not only about making a good impression; it is also about feeling comfortable in the interview.

3) Test out the hardware 

Make use of a high-quality device with a good microphone and camera.

It’s smart to rehearse before the interview by recording yourself separately from the interview and playing it back to yourself to see if you should change your tone or tempo.

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You can also ask a family friend or colleague to review one of your recorded interviews to gain tips from them.

4) Dress for success 

Make sure that you are dressed professionally for the interview, as you would for any traditional interview.

For example, if you are applying at a bank, and it is custom to wear a tie, wear one. Make sure that your hair looks professional and that there are no wrinkles or stains on your shirt.

5) Make use of the pause between questions 

One-way interview software provider Wamly allows candidates to pause between questions once the interview has started.

Therefore, if you have completed a question and feel like you need a break to take a sip of water or go to the bathroom – use it.

6) Be authentic 

The number one secret of any interview is to be yourself, and it is no different with one-way video interviews.

If you would have laughed or smiled during a traditional interview, do it during the one-way video interview. Make sure that the interview panel gains an idea of who you are as a person.

7) Use the correct body language 

As you would’ve done during a traditional interview, make sure that you are using the correct body language.

Stare directly into the camera, do not do anything with your hands that might be distracting and do not fidget.

8) Say thank you

Before you end the interview, and once you’ve completed the last question, remember to thank the interview panel and the company for their time.

And, let them know that you look forward to hearing from them. It leaves a good impression.

Francois de Wet

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