Many ex-Forces personnel, especially those who have been stationed overseas, will already be familiar with Skype and similar video chat apps. Such apps can be invaluable for keeping in touch with loved ones back home, but you might not be aware that they are also forming an increasingly important part of the job-hunting process. According to a survey by Right Management, 82% of hiring managers have used Skype and 18% of job hunters have been through a video interview in the past year. If you’re currently looking to make the transition from army life to the civilian jobs market, the chances are pretty high that you’ll experience a video interview too.
Here are some tips on making a good impression.
Some video interviews are used as a prelude to a face-to-face meeting, or as one part of a multi-tiered recruitment process. You should always prepare as thoroughly as you would for a full personal interview, including researching the employer and the role. You never know what you’ll be asked in a video interview, and don’t want to be ruled out of the next stage of the process.
Familiarise yourself with the tech
Even if you’ve used Skype and similar systems such as FaceTime (Apple’s video call app) before, make sure you’re completely familiar with how everything works. Set things up at your end in advance and go through a dry-run test with a friend. Make sure your laptop or other device is fully charged or plugged in, and that any other peripherals such as microphones are all working.
Choose somewhere quiet
Choose a quiet room and make sure potential disruptions such as kids, partners or roommates are either being taken care of or know not to barge in during the middle of the interview. Try to choose somewhere that looks professional. A tidy bookshelf in the background looks better than an Xbox draped in old socks.
Do your preparation and a video interview should go without a hitch.