Video interviews are the next big thing – and for many, this is great news! But for some, the concept feels foreign and just plain different from what they are used to. We’re here to assure you that it’s NOT all that different, and you will absolutely crush it with these 5 tips!
Like I said, it’s not ALL that different! You still want to prepare as you normally would for an in-person interview. That means research the company and its culture, practice a mock interview, and come up with a few solid questions to ask at the end! The more prepared you are, the better! You can even write down a couple of key points and refer to them as needed. Just try not to make it obvious!
Dress to Impress
Think about what you would wear to an in-person interview with this company and WEAR THAT. Yes, you could certainly wear a nice shirt and sweatpants. But if you want this position, you should dress like it! We’re talking head to toe! It will make you feel more confident and present. Here are some dos and don’ts.
– Wear something that showcases your personality.
– Choose something you feel comfortable in.
– Wear appropriate makeup.
– Show too much skin.
– Wear flashy accessories.
– Forget to comb your hair.
Set the Scene
The biggest challenge you will face with a video interview is your setup. Since you’re doing this from your laptop or smart device, the ball is in your court. It’s important to keep these things in mind: location, lighting, angle, and noise.
Location: You want to choose a place that is secluded and looks professional. For many, this is a home office. But if you don’t have one of those, set up somewhere with a blank wall fit for your background.
Lighting: The goal is bright but without glare. Natural light is your best friend here.
Angle: Angles are everything. You don’t want to be too far from the camera, but definitely not too close. Here’s a pro-tip for optimal view: Chest up, leaving a little space above the top of your head.
Noise: Test your sound to be sure you can hear and be heard. Prepare as best you can for any distracting noises. If it happens, it happens. Don’t stress!
“Show Up” Early
According to BusinessInsider, the perfect time to arrive at your interview is 15 minutes early. But how do you do this if your interview is virtual? Actually, the same rules apply! Whether you’re conducting it on Skype, Zoom, Google Meet, etc., you’ll likely be given a link to “join” ahead of time. You can hop on the call and sit in the “waiting room” all the same!
This will not only impress your interviewer but show them you are taking it just as seriously as if it were happening in person. Who knows – it might even give you the edge on a competitor that showed up right on time.
A benefit to in-person interviews is that the employer gets to feel your energy first-hand. They can easily tell how excited you are about the opportunity and how confident you are in your answers. In your video interview, you still want to send this message. Here are some of the best ways you can do so!
– Smile, or keep a positive look on your face.
– Speak with an upbeat and enthusiastic tone.
– Use body language. (Nod your head while saying “yes”)
Don’t forget to actively listen. Despite any nerves you have, you want to appear calm, engaged, and interested in the conversation.
Last but most certainly not least, BE CONFIDENT! You scored the interview, and that’s the hardest part. Now, all you have to do is crush it – and you will, with these 5 tips! Good luck, and for more tips on career advancement and professional development, visit our website at https://elamant.com.