Being professional from home.
With social distancing measures in place, more companies are choosing to conduct online video interviews. These interviews allow an employer to meet you face-to-face so they can learn about you as a person and potential employee, even if you’re not in the same room.
Although video interviews are similar to in-person interviews, they differ in a few key aspects. Here’s how to make a great first impression.
1. Prepare Yourself
Preparation is vital to success in any interview. You need to gather as much information as you can about the job you’re applying for and the company you’re interviewing with. That way you can show you really are interested in the job when you ask all the right questions. The more you know, the more direct your answers will be.
You also need to prepare your space before the interview starts. Run the meeting software on your own or with a friend and test your camera and microphone. Make sure your internet connection is stable, and close most windows to avoid any unexpected shutdowns. Wear headphones if you have them to avoid potential feedback issues. Finally, let any roommates or family members know you have a meeting that can’t be interrupted. And don’t forget to put your phone on silent!
2. Dress the Part
Not all interviews require a suit, but you shouldn’t do the interview looking like you rolled out of bed and landed in front of your computer. Research what the typical dress code is for the company your interviewing with and dress a bit nicer than that.
3. Posture Matters
Your body language indicates how focused and interested you are in a conversation, so be aware of how you carry yourself. Always face the interviewer and remember not to move around too much. Think about your favorite TV show—odds are the actors keep movement to a minimum. That’s because the camera captures everything, and excessive movement can be distracting. Avoid checking your email or surfing the web; your interviewer can tell if you’re not paying attention.
4. The Camera is Your Best Friend
Keeping eye contact with the camera is a must. Looking away may cause your interviewer to wonder whether you are easily distracted. Do your best to look forward and remain engaged.
As for positioning, make sure your camera is placed at eye level and a couple feet away from your face. You want to provide your interviewer with a shoulders-up view.
Like any technology, video interviews can have technical hiccups. Speak slowly and clearly, because sometimes there might be audio quality issues. Remember to smile, be confident, and prepare to ace your interview. Always follow up and let the interviewer know you’re thankful for their time and consideration.