16 Mar 10 Tips to Help You Nail Your VIDEO Interview
We are living (and working) through a moment where in-person contact is being limited. When it comes to hiring, this means video interviews are becoming more common, which is why we’ve put together this tip-sheet to help navigate these difficult times.
1 – Pick the right location. Conduct your interview in a quiet, private, well-lit place where it is unlikely you’ll be interrupted. Position your webcam so the background is neutral and free of distractions. Also you should position your webcam directly at eye level so it looks like you are looking at the interviewer. Don’t have the computer on a table for example as you will be looking down at your audience.
2 – Make sure your internet connection is stable. Take a minute to check the internet at your chosen location – it should be at least 1 megabit per second.
3 – Check your computer’s audio. Test your microphone and make sure your speakers are working. You don’t want the interview derailed by malfunctioning audio.
4 – Test your computer’s webcam. Just because it worked a month ago, doesn’t mean it is still functioning properly. Make sure your interviewer can see you!
5 – Close any unnecessary browser windows and applications. Don’t tempt yourself with distractions and avoid the possibility of pop-up notifications.
6 – Pick the right outfit. Dress professionally and avoid bright colors. As with in person interviews, your outfit should reflect the job you want.
7 – Bring a pen, some paper, and a copy of your resume. Be ready to copy down important information and refer to past experiences in detail.
8 – Nod and smile. Don’t forget conversational pleasantries just because it’s a video call. Your body language should communicate that you are listening.
9 – Use your hands. Don’t be afraid to “think out loud” with hand gestures. This can keep the call from feeling awkward or stilted.
10 – Place your phone on silent mode. There’s nothing more distracting than the sound of a text-message notification. Put it on silent. (Or better yet – turn it off!)
By Michael Barros, Managing Partner, Prestige Scientific, Inc.