We have all gotten used to video conferencing and most companies have dabbled in video interviews for the past few years, but now it is upon us all!
Because of COVID-19, video has been thrust into the forefront, and honestly in the long run, I think it will help companies feel more comfortable with hiring off video interviews and also allowing remote work – so there’s that!
Despite our country’s current economic struggles, companies nationwide, including several of our clients, are still interviewing and hiring to fill IT positions.
If you are new to the video interviewing world, here are some tips that can really help you feel comfortable and confident in yourself.
Where to set up?
Make sure you pick a spot in your house that is quiet and confined. We have all seen the video where the little kids walk in on their dad during a TV interview.
You definitely want to avoid that fiasco. Make sure your kids are busy and the dogs are outside or you are out of range from any barking. Also, make sure to turn off TVs and music.
What’s in the background?
Make sure everything behind you in the video screen looks professional and tidy. You don’t want a big pile of laundry in the background!
What about Lighting?
Extra lighting will greatly enhance your video quality. I suggest investing in some lighting to set up behind your camera. This is not necessary of course, but it will really make a big difference in how you are seen.
There are a lot of options on Amazon depending on how much you want to spend.
Also, check out this LinkedIn video post by Craig Fisher, Head of Recruiting Innovation at Allegis Global Solutions, for additional tips on putting together a great setup! He has some links on lighting and other cool tricks as well!
Business on top, casual on bottom?
No. Make sure you get dressed up, just like you would do for an in-person interview. Before your interview, log into the video program’s website to make sure the camera angle is flattering and that you feel comfortable sitting and looking into the camera.
TEST! TEST! TEST!
I cannot stress enough the importance of this final step! The best way to do this is by setting up a video chat with a friend through the website that you’ll be using.
Whether you’re a video conference pro and you’re doing it for the first time, you want to have a dry run to make sure everything is in working order (internet connection, microphone, speaker and camera) and the background and lighting are good.
Plus, take advantage of this opportunity to rehearse your answers.
During the interview, you want the interviewers to know you are focused, friendly and engaged.
- Be sure to SMILE!
- Look into the camera while talking and listening.
- Try to avoid looking off into the distance or talking too much.
- Standing up will increase your energy and confidence.
Good luck out there! You got this!
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