Whether you’re comfortable in front of a camera lens or become filled with fear at the thought of talking into a camera, pre-recorded video interviews are rapidly becoming more and more popular in recruitment. Luckily for you, we’ve pulled together a few tips and tricks to help set you up for success.
Prepare yourself and your surroundings
Sounds simple, but many job seekers underestimate just how important getting their video appearance right really is. While you may think the only thing the interviewer can see is your face, they will be able to see some of your surroundings too. This makes it important to get both right. Key things to consider include:
Keep body language in check
During a video interview it’s important to be mindful of your body language and facial expressions. This is because some gestures and behaviours that are fine in person can be distracting on video (you want them focused on what you’re saying not what you’re doing). Key things to consider include:
Practice makes perfect
If you’re uncomfortable with the technology or how you look/sound on camera, the best thing you can do is practice, practice, practice. One of the real advantages of pre-recorded video interviews is that you can practice and refine your interview technique before sharing your final version with the employer. You should take this opportunity to record yourself, watch your response and make tweaks to improve your performance. Another helpful exercise is to ask someone else to interview you via video and ask for feedback. This will ensure you deliver a polished performance and actually answer the question being asked.
So, you’ve just been asked to undertake a psychometric test. For some, the words ‘psychometric test’ can produce feelings of fear and panic, especially for first-time takers. Luckily for you, we’ve pulled together a few tips and tricks to help you understand the fundamentals of psychometric tests and how to best prepare for them.
What is a psychometric test?
A psychometric test is a tool designed to measure and assess your numeracy, logical reasoning, and comprehension abilities. This test is normally multiple choice and adheres to a strict time limit. Psychometric tests are helpful for employers because they identify your behavioural profile - i.e. your level of intelligence and personality characteristics. This information is useful because it helps employers find the most suitable job seekers in the most efficient way possible.
Preparation is key
To give yourself the best opportunity to perform in a psychometric test, you need to prepare right. This is particularly important if you’re doing these tests alongside other commitments such as exams or part-time jobs. You can start by finding a space that’s isolated from noise and distractions. This will help you to clearly think and practice before completing the test. You should also spend time carefully reading the instructions. Many job seekers try to complete these tests as quickly as possible without reading the instructions properly. Reviewing the instructions will provide you with important information that could be crucial to your success - e.g. how long the test is, how many questions, what you will be tested on and how much time you have.
Practice makes perfect
Before even starting your psychometric test, you should find out which specific tests you’ll be taking and practice them online. There are plenty of free resources online that can help you hone your skills. Practising these questions will train your brain to identify frameworks for solving problems and significantly improve your results. You should particularly set aside time to review the questions you answer incorrectly. This will help you identify which types of psychometric tests you struggle with and give you plenty of time to improve in these areas before the real test.
Eat sleep rest repeat
You will need to be at your best to produce good results in psychometric testing. Tiredness will likely damage your scores. Make sure you're well rested and take decent breaks while practising to ensure you regain your energy. If you're a morning person, get your practice tests done first thing. If you are a night owl, save your prep for the end of the day. Remember a fully rested brain is alert and ready while a tired brain is slow and less responsive.
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