Benefits of doing video interviews for KBB jobs

The world is moving more digital, it’s a good chance for a employer to see if their designer is able to effectively communicate on zoom etc


With more employers choosing to do at least part of the job interviews by Zoom, it is important for both parties to understand the pitfalls and the benefits.

Zoom, or other similar platforms, are now accepted as a convenient way to carry out interviews as part of the selection process.  We believe that even when restrictions are eased and more face to face meetings can take place, some part of the process may still be carried out on a virtual platform.  It can be more convenient to have a Zoom interview, giving more options on timing and saving money on travel.

Both parties should understand how to use a virtual platform for maximum advantage. Take a look at our top tips below to ensure you make the right impression and secure the outcome you are looking for:

Learn how to use Zoom – There is nothing worse than having a panic before the interview because you cannot get the camera or the sound to work.  Get familiar with the technology and make sure you know how to use all the tools.

You should look at your background, ensure it is clean, tidy and not too distracting.

Practice maintaining eye contact with the person you are engaging with on Zoom. This is more complex than it sounds, as video chat makes this a bit different. Look into the camera as you are speaking, as this creates the illusion that you are looking at them rather than yourself or the screen.

If you are a candidate maybe it can reflect your personality by careful choice of books or art. If you the interviewer, consider how the background could reflect the type of company you represent.

Arrange the time with your household – If you do not live alone, tell the members of your household you have an important meeting. It may be funny to see blunders on national TV, but you don’t want others walking into your interview.  Also, be aware that sound travels so ask others to keep noise levels down and watch for noisy household appliances, TV’s music or washing machines.

Dress as if you are attending a face to face interview – Dress properly as you would if you were having a face to face interview. Remember you might need to stand up to get something so don’t put yourself in an awkward position by wearing shorts with your shirt and blazer!

Put your phone on silent – It is good manners not to have your meeting interrupted by a ringing phone.  This holds when on Zoom.  The last thing you want is your phone ringing and disrupting the flow.

Make sure you have charged your laptop – Whichever device you are using (preferably a laptop or a PC), make sure you have a full battery as the interview could take longer than expected. We would recommend keeping your laptop plugged in through the whole interview if possible.

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