With more of us working remotely, and within global teams, video job interviews are more common than ever before! Even if you’re applying for an office job locally, at least one of the stages of your application might be virtual. Although we spend lots of time on video calls, interviewing on one can feel daunting. Use these simple tips to help you make the best virtual impression!
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1. Dress smart
Remember, this is still an interview and to dress how you would if you were meeting in person. First impressions are important, but it is also a great way to help you feel more confident and professional at home.
2. Practice with friends or family beforehand
If this is the first time you’re taking part in a video interview, consider practicing first with family or friends so you can get used to being on camera.
3. Act as if they’re in the room
Try to make ‘eye contact’ and keep it professional. It may feel harder to gauge reactions virtually, especially if your interviewers are taking notes, but it helps to be energetic and enthusiastic.
4. Do a tech check
Do a couple of checks on your equipment to make sure everything works how it should (including the internet connection, camera and mic). Be sure to download the relevant tools or hosting platform onto your computer or laptop before the meeting so you don’t have any issues on the day. As you would with a face-to-face interview, give yourself plenty of time (so “arrive” early) to make sure you are able to sort any tech issues.
5. Choose the area with the best lighting and minimum background
Make sure the interviewer can see you clearly and that your face is not blocked by lighting or shadows. It’s best if the background doesn’t distract from you too much, so a plain background is ideal. Worried about mess? You can blur your background in video effects.
6. Remember, it may be an unfamiliar situation for everyone
Just as you may not be used to video interviews, the person(s) interviewing may not have done it either.
Good luck with your interviews!
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