The interview landscape has changed dramatically in the past couple of years and digital interviews are here to stay. While they're no longer considered unusual, they are still awkward--especially if you're not prepared. Employers are looking for technological savviness, confidence, polish, and adaptability. How do you come across that way? It’s easy: practice. Here are 7 tips to help you ace your next video interview.
1. Read the directions.
Before you jump to checking your camera angle and lighting, read the directions given to you. Have they requested that you do anything before you begin? Have you been asked to prepare to answer a specific question? If you skim the instructions, you could miss critical performance-related information. Don’t rush to get in front of the camera and overlook a critical pre-interview detail.
2. Pick a good place to take it.
Be mindful of where you take your interview. Personal branding is everything. Pick a place where your background will be neutral and simple. Avoid distracting, messy, loud, or overly personal surroundings. The lighting should be good, and your location should be quiet. Stay away from public places and if you’re recording at home, make sure your family knows not to interrupt you.
3. Test Your Equipment.
Check your internet connection, speakers, microphone, and angles. Make sure everything is in place and working properly before you begin.
4. Dress the part.
Part of making a great impression starts with how you’re dressed. Treat video interviews like you would an in-person interview and dress to impress. Make sure you look polished, professional, and well groomed.
5. Practice what you’re going to say.
Never go in to an interview without practicing what you’re going to say. Practice introducing yourself and talking about why you’re interested in the job. Be able to answer questions about the value you'll bring, why you're looking to leave your current job, and where you see yourself in the future. Practice your responses to some of these basic questions before it’s time to press the record button or enter a live interview.
6. Don’t watch yourself talk.
Look into the camera and not down at the thumbnail of yourself when you talk. Making virtual eye contact is just as important on a digital interview virtually as it is in person. It’s harder to build a rapport with your interviewer when you don’t have the benefit of a face-to-face meeting. By looking into the camera, you’ll help create more of a connection with the person on the other side.
7. Keep Calm & Carry On.
Mistakes, tech issues, and blunders happen—don’t let a slip-up or unforeseen incident alter your enthusiasm and momentum. Do your best to take a deep breath and stay calm. Employers are looking for people who are adaptable and resilient. Be the person who can smile and move on with confidence.
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