So, you’ve landed on this blog because you’ve impressed an employer with your CV and bagged yourself an interview! First of all, congrats! But the hard work isn’t over yet…
The interview is your chance to shine and prove to the employer that you’re the right candidate for the job. And whilst face-to-face interviews are still a thing, its without doubt that video interviews have become the new norm! But naturally this raises a lot of new questions for candidates going through the interview process.
One of those questions being… can I do a video interview in my car?
We understand that it can be challenging to find a convenient space to take your interview, but keep in mind that everything you do in an interview creates a first impression about you.
So in short, if you’re tempted to attend a video interview in your car… stop right there!
Suitable locations: an empty office, your home or a space in a library where you can talk.
You want your environment to be as simple as possible. Anything that stands out is just a distraction for your interviewer.
For a video interview you want to consider:
Background – make sure you’ve got a clear and tidy space behind you because do you really want the interviewer focused on some crumpled up clothes or yesterday’s coffee mug instead of you?
A quiet space – you or your interviewer don’t want to get distracted by the sound of a pet or hoover. So you will need a quiet space.
Lighting – make sure you are in a well-lit room as good lighting will make your interview look slick and professional. Top TNP tip: you can pick up a ring light for a small cost, and this could make all the difference.
More importantly – it would be silly to not take advantage of the fact you aren’t face-to-face with the interviewer! Meaning you can put post it notes around your computer screen, you can have your notes out on the table, all those additional details to hand which wouldn’t work if you were in a car.
Above all, remember to enjoy the interview! It’s a two way process and it’s your chance to ask the interviewer questions and to find out whether it’s a good fit for you.