If you’re applying for a job at a commercial bank, you may be asked to participate in a video interview. With the advent of digital technology, more and more employers are turning to video interviews as a way to save time and money.
This article will explain how video interviews work, why banks use them, and how you can prepare for one. Plus, we’ll give you some recruiter insight about the benefits of video interviewing and some of their best tips.
What Are the Basics of a Video Interview?
A video interview is an interview conducted via video chat rather than in person. It is typically conducted through platforms such as Skype or Zoom. The interviewer will ask the same type of questions that they would ask in an in-person interview — it just happens to be done remotely using video technology instead.
Why Do Banks Use Video Interviews?
The primary reason that banks use video interviews is cost savings. By conducting the interview remotely, they don’t have to pay for travel expenses or other costs associated with bringing candidates onsite.
Additionally, since the interviewer does not need to take time out of his or her day to meet with candidates in person, there is less time wasted and more time available for other tasks related to the hiring process.
Finally, from the candidate’s perspective, taking part in a remote interview makes it easier and faster to apply for multiple positions at once without having to worry about scheduling conflicts or managing travel arrangements.
How Should I Prepare for a Video Interview?
Preparing for a video interview is similar to preparing for any other kind of interview — research the company thoroughly and practice your answers ahead of time so that you feel confident going into the conversation.
However, there are some unique considerations when it comes to video interviewing that you should keep in mind as well:
- Make sure your internet connection is reliable — if possible, test your connection before the call starts.
- Double-check your equipment — make sure your webcam works properly and that your microphone isn’t too loud or too quiet.
- Find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed by background noise.
- Dress professionally — even though it’s tempting to stay in your pajamas during a remote call, dressing up will help put you into “interview mode.”
- Make sure your computer screen isn’t cluttered with unnecessary items like stacks of paperwork or random objects.
- Smile often — it might seem strange but smiling will help put both you and the interviewer at ease.
- Maintain good eye contact — even though there isn’t an actual human being sitting across from you during a virtual call, try your best not to look away too often.
- Ask questions — showing interest by asking relevant questions demonstrates enthusiasm about the position.
- Follow up afterward — send a thank-you note after the call expressing appreciation for the time spent interviewing you.
Video interviews are becoming increasingly common among commercial banks due their cost savings and convenience factors—and they can be just as effective as traditional face-to-face job interviews if done correctly!
Preparing properly beforehand is key—so make sure that your internet connection is reliable, double-check all of your equipment ahead of time (including making sure your microphone isn’t too loud!), and find an appropriate space where you won’t be disturbed by background noise (or curious pets), dress professionally even though no one can see what you’re wearing, and remember not to forget those post-interview follow up emails!
With these tips, you’ll be ready for any virtual banking job interview opportunity.
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