How to nail a video interview

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Job hunting these days surely isn’t for the camera shy. More and more employers are turning to the ease, time-savings, and cost-effectiveness of video interviews for potential candidates.

Here are some tips that should land you rave reviews on your on-screen work.

1. Get tech savvy

Make sure that you have the appropriate computer system, internet connection, webcam, and other capabilities necessary to provide a clear and audible exchange between you and the interviewer. Your recruitment consultant typically can tell you the systems requirements you need for the video interview

2. Set the scene

Viewers won’t only be looking at you – they’ll be seeing what’s around you as well. Make sure you set up in a well-lit place with a background that conveys professionalism. An uncluttered office setting is best, perhaps with a bookshelf or some simple artwork in the background.

3. Limit distractions

An unsightly background could create a distraction to your interviewer, on your end make sure you limit as much external noise and movement as possible. If you have children or pets, ask someone to watch them in another room of the house. You should also make sure the TV and radio are switched off, and your phone is set to silence.

4. Look the part

It’s often been said you should dress for the job you want — that holds true for video interviews as well. Remember that dressing the part from head to toe, even if you won’t be seen completely, can only boost your confidence to ace your video interview.

5. Pay attention to body language

Even though the interviewer will probably only see you from the mid-section up, body language still transmits through the screen. Sit up straight, smile, and do your best to make eye contact with the webcam lens. If you typically use your hands to make a point, try to keep movement to a minimum. If you are passionate about a topic, lean in a bit to convey that you’re engaged.

6. Get mentally prepared

If you need it we’d recommend taking a quiet half-hour beforehand to mentally prepare yourself. And get your tech stuff ready. Like anything else, once you get some experience under your belt video interviews become easier.

Ultimately, the key is to be yourself and sell your strengths much in the same way you would if you were sitting across a desk from an interviewer.

 

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