Video interviews were around long before the COVID-19 pandemic made them commonplace. And now it’s safe to say that they’re here to stay. Interviewing via video is rather different than in-person interviewing — candidates should follow a few basic steps to ensure a good outcome.
Use the following tips to have a successful video interview:
#1: Pick a good location.
Think about where you’ll set up your video interview. You’ll want to pick a quiet area where you won’t be disturbed by other family members or pets in the home; usually, a busy kitchen table isn’t a good choice. Think about what appears in the background, and try to choose a spot with good lighting. If it’s a bit dim, try using desk lamps to brighten things up.
#2: Check your internet connection.
On the day of the interview, be sure to double-check your internet connection and make sure all of your technology is working, including your webcam and keyboard. There’s nothing worse than losing your connection halfway through a video interview or not being able to connect at all. Not only does this look unprofessional, but it also lessens the likelihood that you’ll get the job.
#3: Dress the part.
Just because you’re interviewing from home or a coffee shop doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress professionally. You don’t have to go all-out and wear extremely formal clothing, but you’ll want to wear something nice to make a good first impression. Leave the t-shirt and jeans for another day.
#4: Pay attention to your body language.
Sometimes, we forget about our body language when we’re not physically in front of the person we’re interviewing with. But it’s important to pay attention to your posture, facial expression, and hand gestures. These things are magnified during a video interview. Be sure to sit up straight, maintain a normal level of eye contact, and frequently nod to show that you’re understanding.
#5: Clear your workspace.
A cluttered workspace isn’t a good place to hold a video interview. Clean it up to keep the chaos away. Have your resume and a blank notebook nearby to take notes. Starting with a tidy workspace makes it more likely you’ll have a good interview.
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