So, you have been invited to make a video interview- congratulations! Let’s start at the beginning to ensure you have everything you need to ace the interview.

What is 5QLive and why am I making videos?
5QLive is a one-way interview platform. Video recruitment is a faster and more effective way to screen applications and give you, the candidate, the opportunity to shine.

What should I do to prepare?
A video interview is essentially the same as an in-person interview.

Dress to impress. Do your homework. Research the company, the position, and the industry you are applying to. Rehearse some questions. Set up your camera and audio in a conducive place. And…check your background for any interruptions, even cute ones.

A video interview is your opportunity to showcase your unique knowledge, skills and passions so you can pitch yourself as the best person for job. Just like when writing a cover letter, consider what makes you a strong candidate and why you should be hired.

The interview can be recorded from any device with a camera and if you do use a hand-held device make sure it is secured to prevent movement while you are recording.

What to expect

Follow the link and enter your unique code. This will lead you to the dashboard where you can view details of the job posting. Use the setup tool to check your audio settings and that the camera is working and is clear.

When you are ready, begin the interview. When you press start, a question will load and a countdown will begin. Read the question and prepare to give your answer once the countdown has finished. It will progress through all five questions automatically.

How to succeed
Check the time- Each question has a personalised time limit. If you are asked to summarise your experience in one minute, one minute is all you will get. Do not get caught up and run out of time. Use the time limits to gauge the depth of information the interviewer is looking for.

Start strong- Although videos give you a much better way of expressing yourself you must take advantage of this opportunity. If your first 30 seconds provide no “hook”, you might get overlooked.

Read the question carefully- Simple as it may be, there would be nothing worse than to get to the end of the time limit to discover you hadn’t even answered the question.

Don’t be afraid to breathe- Rather than erring or mumbling, take a deep breath and pause to consider your next sentence. The interviewer knows you haven’t had time to prepare formal monologues so don’t think that a few seconds of thought will lose you the job. If you are out of things to say, move onto the next question.

Smile and maintain eye contact (but not too much) – Even though it may feel strange and unnatural it is needed in order to keep your interviewer engaged.

Finally, relax, be yourself and enjoy it. This may sound contradictory since job interviews are terrifying but appreciate the opportunity to talk about how amazing you are, and your happiness and personality will shine through in your video for sure.

Here’s wishing you the very best!

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