Are you preparing for your next video job interview? It is becoming more common for companies to conduct online interviews through video platforms such as Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx, and Skype. You might think a video interview is casual or informal; however, it is just as important as an in-person interview. Below are tips to have a successful video job interview.
Tip 1: Practice in advance!
DO NOT wait until the day of your video job interview to make sure everything is set up and working properly. This will not only help you get ready for the interview but will also allow you to get comfortable with the technology. Look at your surroundings and make sure your desk and any other area the camera can see is very clean and organized. Especially, take a look at what is behind you. If possible, have a friend or colleague practice with you and verify that you look professional on camera.
- Ensure you have a stable internet connection
- Make sure your computer or device has a camera or webcam built in
- Set up your interview in a spot where there is no background noise for the microphone to pick up
- Remove any phones from the area to avoid distractions
- Close unnecessary applications and tabs on your desktop
Tip 2: Look at the camera, not the screen.
Eye contact is critical during an in-person interview. Keep looking at the camera exactly as you would look into the eyes of the interviewer. If you look down at your computer screen, the interviewer will see the top of your head and not your eyes. Make sure the camera is set at an even level with your eyes, so you can naturally look at the webcam during your video job interview.
Tip 3: Dress professionally.
Dress professionally from head to toe. Do not take your attire lightly or too casual. This is the BIGGEST mistake candidates make. Clients want to see you dressed appropriately. Also, do not make the mistake of dressing from the waist up only. Make sure you stand out from your background. Dress in light colors if the room you are in has a darker background or dark colors against a light background. Plan accordingly so you always look your best.
Tip 4: Always be professional.
Make sure you show that you are engaged on camera. When listening, nod, smile, and use hand gestures when appropriate. Be mindful of how long you take to respond to questions but answer with sufficient detail. Being in the comfort of your own home can help put you at ease, but be aware, this is still an interview and there is no do-over. If the video interview is at the beginning of the interview process, this is your first impression with this company and you can never make another first impression. Make it count!