How to prepare for a video interview in aged care

How to prepare for a video interview

With the evolvement of technology and the ever-changing world we live in, it seems as though every company is using video interviews to screen potential candidates. With video interviews playing a major role within the recruitment process, there has never been a more important time to familiarise oneself and prepare for one.

For many, this may be unfamiliar and nerve-wracking. However, with some key tips and preparation you can make it work in your favour. If you want to ensure that you stand out from all the other applicants and show them how perfect you are for the role whilst creating a connection like that of an in-person interview, then keep reading as we have written this just for you!

Tip # One – know the company and the role you are applying for!

You want to make sure that you are confident and secure in your responses. The best way to do this is to make sure you are familiar with the company’s services, specialties, and their mission. The easiest way to do this is by going on their website or doing a third-party search on the web. It is also paramount that you understand the role you are applying for so you can communicate exactly how and why you would be a great addition to the team.

Tip # Two – know your resume!

Knowing your resume inside out is very important as interviewees will be taking special note on your experience and skills set. If you are struggling to remember any dates and time frames stated this could seem like a red flag, therefore, take a good look at your resume before your interview; making sure not to read directly from a sheet of paper or computer screen. Also try practising your resume out loud with someone several days in advance so you can make sure it sounds good and flows well!

Tip # Three – prepare your space and dress to impress!

First impressions can seriously impact the outcome of an interview; therefore, you must take every measure to ensure that’s it’s the best possible one. Making sure your location and attire looks professional is extremely important. When setting up your space, make sure you have good lighting and that there is no clutter or mess in the background. If you can open those blinds so that natural light can enter in and situate yourself in front of a blank wall. You can always add an element of greenery to give it a personal touch. It may seem trivial, but what you wear can make all the difference in your video interview – just because it’s not an in-person interaction, it doesn’t mean you should get lazy on your attire. The camera will capture everything so it’s important that you present yourself  polished and professional. A business shirt/top and bottoms are always a good option.

Tip # Four – keep it brief!

As there is generally a time frame that companies need to adhere to for interviews,  you should keep your answers short and concise so the employer can get a good understanding on the type of candidate you are. Rambling or going on tangents could cut into valuable time needed for you to communicate why you are perfect for the role.

It is essential to prepare all your answers ahead of time so that they are clear and concise. You should also follow up after your interview to thank the interviewer for their time and ask if there is anything else they need from you to aid the recruitment process either by sending them an email or calling them over the phone. This shows the employer that you are serious and committed to the role.

Tip # Five – be confident!

A big part of doing well in any interview is being confident and having self-assurance when speaking. You need to be able to talk about your skills and experiences clearly because the employer wants to hire someone who is confident in themselves and who can competently carry out the tasks required for the role. Remember, just because it is a professional interview, it doesn’t mean you can’t be yourself! The interviewer will appreciate your uniqueness and the initial connection you create within the interview will most definitely carry on through your employment.

Now that you’ve got our top 5 tips to prepare for a video interview, you can go smash your next one! Good Luck!

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