Video Interview Tips: how to prepare for a video interview in sustainable technology.
Our top 7 tips to ace your video interview can help!
Video interviews are becoming increasingly common for job candidates in global roles.
They can feel unnatural for many, but it’s a great and convenient way to present yourself to a global employer wherever they are in the world. Our Video Interview Guide is designed to help you make a great first impression and stand out as a top candidate for clean energy and sustainability-focused roles.
Here are some top tips to help you ace your video interviews:
- Do a trial run – Technical issues are the biggest downfall of video interviews. Avoid any stress-inducing tech issues on the day by testing the audio and video quality with friends or family. It’s also best to have a clean, clutter-free background with no distractions. You could display books or certifications related to your field to create a positive impression.
- Check the background – Although a cliché, displaying books or employment-related qualifications does create a very strong impression. Make sure it’s a tidy and clean environment that looks professional.
- Schedule a time without distractions – This is a formal meeting so background noise with children, family or the TV on will only distract you and the interviewer. Choose a quiet space without interruptions or distractions, and turn off your phone, emails, and any other notifications that could disrupt the interview. You want to give your full attention.
- Dress appropriately – It may be unusual to conduct an important interview in your own home but wearing business dress places you in the right professional mindset. Dress as you would for an in-person interview for a sustainability-focused position. Overdressing is always better than underdressing, and avoid wearing clothing with busy patterns or stripes that could be distracting on camera.
- Have your CV handy – Have a printed copy of your CV or keep it open on your computer screen during the interview for green energy careers. This will help you refer to it easily without searching around too much.
- Look at them, not at yourself – Don’t let nerves or self-consciousness get in the way of your interview. In an in-person interview you wouldn’t be able to see yourself, so treat this as no different. Check once that you look presentable before the interview begins, and then focus on the interviewer and their questions, rather than what you look like down the camera. Be sure to focus on the questions and engage with the interviewer.
- Have a second device nearby – In the off-chance your main device fails on the day, have a spare ready to re-engage in the interview. Besides, in this unlikely instance, it shows preparation and perseverance.
With these tips, you’ll be well-prepared to succeed in your next virtual interview as a global sustainable technology professional. Good luck!