Army to Apprentice: how I brought a different way of thinking to leadership
Stephen tells us how he kick-started his Barclays career as a mature apprentice.
Posted 3 months ago
This year we have have introduced video interviewing as it’s more flexible for busy students to fit into their university life, as you can choose when and where to do it. This technology is not new, it’s just taking the concept of Skype and FaceTime a stage further. I am particularly pleased as it means that we can be much quicker to respond to some of the excellent talent we are seeing this year. It’s also much easier to get to know you when we can see you and look at non-verbal communication skills as well as listening to your answers. This is what strengths-based assessment is all about.
After reviewing some of these interviews myself, here are my ten top tips on how to conquer that all-important video interview:
1). Practice videoing yourself first. It will take out the fear of what you might look and sound like and will help you retain your focus on answering the questions.
2). Prepare for the interview as if it were any other. Do your research into the organisation and the role you are applying for and find out the format of the questions beforehand.
3). Dress for success. Remember, this is an interview and you want to look the part. Business attire is crucial.
4). Set the scene. Choose a time and a location where you won't be interrupted and give yourself time to get comfortable. A plain background is key – not a poster of your favourite football team or your wardrobe with the door open.
5). IT check. Make sure you have a good internet connection. Close all other applications down. Twitter updates could distract you unnecessarily and slow your system down.
6). Listen to the instructions given at the beginning of the video interview. Make sure you understand the process.
7). Eye contact. Look at the camera and retain good eye and body contact. It will help you come across as being more natural and confident in your answers.
8). Remember to answer the questions that are being asked in a clear, concise way. This is one of main differentiators between being invited to the next stage or being rejected.
9). Take your time. Even though the responses are timed, take a breath and think about how you are going to structure your answer.
10). Enjoy it!