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How to prepare for a one-way video interview and how to calm your nerves

By 25 May 2022Best Practice3 min read
Don't be stressed over a one-way video interview (Photo by Christian Erfurt on Unsplash)
  • To complete a great one-way video interview, ensure that you complete it in a comfortable environment and that you’re dressed professionally, among others. 
  • Companies are using one-way interview software such as Wamly to have a better interviewing experience and to speed up the hiring process. 
  • One-way video interviews typically have five to eight questions, with 30 seconds to 1 minute to answer each question.

 To have a great one-way video interview, do whatever you would have done for a typical face-to-face interview, such as dressing well and preparing your answers.

More and more companies are now using one-way video interview software such as Wamly to speed up their hiring process and to create a better interviewing experience for candidates.

Wamly allows companies to send a candidate a link to complete a recorded interview where questions are prompted, and a time limit is given – without an interview panel being present.

Also read | What is a one-way video interview? 

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

Here are 8 ways to have a great one-way video interview, and to calm your nerves:

1) Test out the software 

One of the best tips to feel comfortable when doing one-way video interviews is to test out the software. Wamly allows candidates to complete a practice question before they start an interview and provides candidates with a guide on how to complete an interview.

2) Have the right environment 

Even though a one-way video interview can be completed from anywhere, the environment remains important. Ensure that you have a plain background, that your face has 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 

Ensure that you are using a high-quality device with a good microphone and camera. It’s a good idea to rehearse before the interview by recording yourself separately and playing it back to yourself to see if you should change your tone or tempo.

Also read | What are the most important questions to ask during a virtual interview?

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 

As you would for any traditional interview, make sure that you are dressed professionally for the interview. If you are applying at a bank, and it is custom to wear a tie there, wear one.

Make sure there are no wrinkles or stains on your shirt, and that your hair looks professional.

5) Make use of the pause between questions 

Wamly allows candidates to pause between questions once the interview has started. Therefore, if you 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 

Similar to a face-to-face interview, make sure that you are using the correct body language. Stare directly into the camera, and do not do anything with your hands that might be distracting. And do not fidget.

8) Say thank you 

After you’ve completed the last question and before you end the interview, remember to thank the interview panel and organisation for their time, and let them know that you look forward to hearing from them. It leaves a good impression.

Most importantly, just be yourself and good luck!

Francois de Wet

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