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How to ace a video interview

How to ace a video interview

So you have passed the first round of the graduate programme and now you have been invited to a video interview. Follow these four steps and you’ll be sure to ace the interview and progress to the assessment centre.

1. Test your equipment, make the most of the test question

This may sound silly but you don’t want a last minute technical problem to ruin your interview; it will cause you unnecessary stress.  Make sure the camera and microphone are working on your device at least an hour before the interview.  Our video interview systems offers you a test question, which will not be viewed by anyone but you, use this question to adjust your camera, microphone and lighting as well as to calm your nerves before you begin.

2. Show yourself in the best light

Beware of the background, lighting and your positioning in the shot.  Ensure the recruiter will be able to clearly see you in the video and won’t be distracted by anything in the background. It is important to remember that although you are not face-to-face with the interviewer they will still be watching your non-verbal communication such as your posture, body language and facial expressions.

3. Be confident, show your personality

This is your opportunity to show a recruiter you will fit into their team so remember to be yourself.  When you give your answers, be confident in what you are saying. You will have a limited amount of time in which to give your answer so keep it concise, relevant and positive.

4. Give examples as part of your answer

If you are able to expand with real-life examples, it will significantly improve the quality of your answer.  This can be from university, work experience or even a hobby. If possible try to use different examples for each question. This is particularly important for strength-based interviews.

To join the FDM graduate programme you will be taken through three stages by your recruiter; a pre-screening phone call; the video interview and finally an assessment centre.  Check out the roles we offer and kick-start your career in the IT industry now.

Are you interested in training for a career in IT or business intelligence? You can do so on our award-winning Graduate Careers Programme, Ex-Forces Careers Programme or Getting Back to Business Programme.

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Updated 20 May 2019


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