Women prefer to be interviewed for a job via video call than in the flesh
However, more men preferred meeting a potential new boss face-to-face, having a handshake and relishing the chance to exude their confidence in the same room.
The new study of 2,000 workers, by computer accessories firm Logitech, uncovered vastly different job interview trends between men and women.
More women (56 per cent) preferred video job interviews saying they feel more comfortable, they can check and remedy their appearance and make-up easier when not in a waiting room and like the separation of an online chat.
Also, the separation of a screen allows them to wear what they want and the ability to look away slightly if they are uneasy with long periods of eye contact from an intense interviewer.
Not having to endure an “awkward” waiting room experience on arrival at an imposing corporate building was also hailed as another plus.
Meanwhile 77 percent of men preferred face-to-face interviews, with 36 percent going as far as to say they find video calls more uncomfortable.
Career coach and author Sonya Barlow explained: “In the past, interviews felt like entering a one-way relationship.
“But today, I believe it’s walking into this meeting with curiosity, confidence and consideration to understand if this is the long-term relationship you are after too.
“Interviews can be the hardest part of the job process and virtual interviews have additional elements to consider.
“Think about making sure your camera is upright, attempting not to look down at your notes (which is mistaken for nerves) and remembering to unmute the voice button.”
Of those polled, 66 per cent had taken part in a virtual interview, but many admitted to feeling nervous over technical hiccups, citing WiFi failing (56 per cent) and poor microphone quality (41 per cent) as their top concerns.
Despite some nervousness, half (49 percent) of those who had successfully dialed in to speak to a potential employer said that they relished the digital distance.
While 58 percent of interviewees prepare differently for an online interview, noting that a neat and professional video background is their main priority with one in five investing in a new webcam for the meeting.
“With the rise of virtual interviews and work-from-home roles, we’re supporting workers in their success – from application to onboarding.”
Sonya also worked with Logitech to provide video call interview tips that include lining up questions for the interview and for the company, and why it’s so important to think positively throughout the process.
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW:
1 – Go line by line through the job requirements and write an example for each requirement.
2 – Pretend to be the interviewer and ask basic questions like “why are you applying for this role?” all the way to “tell us a time where you showcased great communication skills” and record the responses on video.
3 – Interviews are a two-way process, so have your questions ready for the interviewer and company.
4 – Set up for success. De-stress before the interview and go in relaxed. Wear something comfortable, have a cup of water on the side, check your WiFi connection beforehand. I’d recommend jumping on the call 10 minutes before the invite.
DURING THE INTERVIEW:
1 – Introduce yourself with confidence and relay your core skills back to the requirements. Enthusiasm shines through the screen, so make an excellent first impression.
2 – Pause before answering the question and use the STAR method to answer: situation, time, action [the action you took] and the result [you delivered].
3 – Think positive and smile. Smiling brings energy to the interview; it will soften up the interviewer.
AFTER THE INTERVIEW:
1 – Reflect on what went well and what could have been improved. There is no point in stressing over what went wrong.
2 – Write your interviewer a note thanking them for the interview and attach any relevant documents, even if that means your CV or LinkedIn profile.
3 – Don’t give up. Failure is a temporary disrupter; we can use this as a learning opportunity.