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The Helix Guide to Acing Your Video Interview

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The Helix Guide to Acing Your Video Interview

In today’s digital age, especially post-COVID-19, video interviews have become the norm. Whether you’re using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or WhatsApp, it’s crucial to present yourself in the best possible light—both literally and figuratively. Here’s our comprehensive guide to ensure you’re fully prepared.

Setting the Stage: Your Environment

  1. Well-lit Space: Ensure your face is clearly visible by positioning yourself near a window or lamp.
  2. Quiet Surroundings: Choose a room where you can be alone, free from pets, children, or noisy appliances.
  3. Privacy Matters: Inform housemates about your interview and consider locking your door to avoid interruptions.
  4. Neutral Background: Keep the background professional and free from anything that could be considered distracting or inappropriate.
  5. Time Zone Awareness: Double-check the interview time if the company is in a different time zone.

Tech Check: Your Equipment

  1. Internet Connection: Test your internet speed to ensure a smooth conversation. Aim for at least 1.5 Mbps for a one-on-one video call.
  2. Camera and Audio: Test both in the app you’ll be using or through a website like Consider a trial run with a friend.
  3. Mute Your Phone: Put your phone on ‘do not disturb’ mode to avoid any distractions.
  4. Close Unnecessary Tabs: Ensure your computer runs smoothly by closing all unrelated applications.
  5. Backup Equipment: Have a backup device ready in case your primary device fails.
  6. Software Familiarity: Familiarise yourself with the basic functions of the video conferencing tool you’ll be using.

The Interview: Making an Impression

  1. CV and Notes: Keep your CV and any important notes at hand, either printed or open on your computer.
  2. Contingency Plan: Provide your phone number to the interviewer in case of technical issues.
  3. Preparation: Research the company and role beforehand. Prepare questions to ask the interviewer.
  4. Professional Conduct: Maintain eye contact by looking into the camera and be mindful of your body language.
  5. Dress Appropriately: Opt for business casual attire unless the company culture suggests otherwise.
  6. Confidentiality: Ensure no sensitive or confidential material is visible during the interview.
  7. Note-Taking: Keep a pen and notepad within reach for jotting down important points.
  8. Question Queue: Have a list of insightful questions ready for the end of the interview.
  9. Follow-Up: Send a thank-you email post-interview to leave a lasting impression.

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