We’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that most candidates are terrible at video interviews.
The bad news is that you’re likely in the same boat — but not for long as we bring you an in-depth guide for preparing for your next video interview.
Confidently facing a camera is uncomfortable for most. However, the increase in demands of home-based careers paired with technological advancement makes video interviews a standard recruiting process.
Doing a video interview is similar to doing a face-to-face, office-based interview. Never be nonchalant and remember these tips.
The first thing to prepare is a strong internet connection. You don’t want delays, frozen video screens, or a coil whine when you do your video interview. Try a mock interview with a friend to help you check transmission lags or delays.
SETTING OR BACKGROUND
Make sure to set up your computer in a well-lighted, clean area. It’s a big no-no for your camera to catch all the mess in the background. Try to do a trial run so you can adjust the angle of your camera, A professional-looking background shows that you have good job interview etiquette.
Dress appropriately even when you are applying for a home-based job. A collared-top, well-groomed hair, and natural-looking make-up for the ladies make you look professional.
You need to study about the company. Capitalize upon the online resources to know more about their mission, vision, products, and services.
MASTER EYE CONTACT
Look in the eye — not in the eye of the interviewer but in the eye of the web camera. Do not stare but make it as natural as possible.
We may have this automatic reflex of looking at the screens and checking how we look but learn to master eye contact and resist the urge to act on unnecessary habits.
The next time you have a scheduled video interview, make sure that you virtually give the employer a glimpse of your professional side. You will never go wrong with these tips!