Your Guide to Video Interviews in Ireland
Most of us are adjusting to new ways of working amidst the global pandemic that is currently keeping many countries in lockdown. Due to Covid-19, many employers are changing the way they conduct interviews, and moving towards video interviews as a practical alternative to interview job candidates remotely.
“Video interviewing is fast becoming the norm in the current climate out of necessity in order to keep recruitment moving forward. Prior to the Covid-19 crisis, video was starting to become popular with progressive employers and for recruitment from remote locations. My assessment is that this will become a much more prevalent tool when we move beyond the crisis and move beyond we will. We expect a slow down in closure of recruitment assignments, but a good recovery once restrictions are lifted. This is evidenced by the willingness of clients to keep critical interview processes moving forward, said Ken Murphy, Director of CareerWise Recruitment. “Preparedness, a good well lit, undisturbed environment (challenging in current circumstances) and building a good rapport with the interviewer are critical.”
Here at CareerWise, we always like to stay ahead of the game, and we’ve found that video is an excellent way to enable us to maintain the personal touch while we continue to offer a full and effective recruitment service. Read on to find out more about video interviewing and see how it can be a vital tool in securing your new job.
It may feel like a strange time to look for work, but with a little flexibility, there is no reason why you can’t prepare yourself for your ideal job. Companies still need employees, especially those who can work from home, and taking an adaptable approach to the current crisis will make resilient and forward thinking employees of the future stand out from the crowd.
Interviews can be stressful at any time, but the idea of video interviews may make people feel very anxious indeed. There are, however, several hints and tips that can help you to feel more comfortable with video interviewing. Here, we will discuss the ways in which video interviews differ from face to face meetings and help you to excel in this new medium.
The key to success here is to practice, practice, practice, so enlist the help of your friends and family members to help you out as you work through the following until you feel comfortable with every step of the process.
On occasion, an employer may use a pre-recorded interview format, in which you will join the interview and receive prompts to answer pre-recorded interview questions. You will need to record your answers, for the interviewer to watch later. This type of interview can be nerve-wracking, but it is easily manageable if you find out all you can about the process beforehand, including time limits and whether you can re-record any answers that go wrong. In this situation, the same rules apply as for a live video interview, so follow our guide and give yourself the best possible chance of success.
Before you get online and aim to impress your prospective employer, it’s a good idea to run through this quick checklist to make sure you haven’t made any simple errors:
It can be helpful to have a copy of your CV or application on your desk to help you out if you panic midway through, and you can keep a few important notes here, too. Take a few deep breaths before you start, and remember to make eye contact and smile!
Troubleshooting your video interview
Technology is not always easy to handle, especially if you are not used to using video calls or your computer audio. Internet connections can also be problematic on occasion, especially in recent weeks while so many more people are online during the day than usual. This means that problems can crop up during your video interview, even if you have done all of the above. Here’s what to do if things don’t go to plan:
After your interview, follow up with an email to thank the interviewer for their time and provide any further information requested. This will help you to remain in front of mind for the interviewer, and gives another positive impression of your professionalism.
CareerWise Recruitment is Ireland’s leading specialist recruitment firm, based in Cork, Shannon, Galway, Mayo and Dublin and our professional team can help you to find the new job you want. We take the time to get to know our clients so that we can be sure of positive results, and we offer support throughout the application process, including CV advice and interview guidance.
Talk to our experienced team to find out more about jobs in Ireland, and we can show you that video interviews are a great option right now. From Engineering and Supply Chain to Science/Pharma, IT and Accounting, we work across many key growth areas in Ireland and we can help you to secure the position you want.
Contact us online now or call us on +353 (0) 21 206 1900 to arrange a consultation.
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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