We can all admit that interviews make us nervous. But video interviews are a whole new ballgame. There are
positives and negatives to video interviews.
Positive: “I’m so glad I can practice my interview in my own home.”
Negative: “What if my connection goes out?”
Here are 7 things to Remember:
- Make sure you are comfortable but professional. Finding a comfortable place will put you at ease, but make sure you are not too “relaxed”. Remember to maintain eye contact, with virtual interviews, this mean looking into the camera, not at the screen. Sit up straight and remember to smile.
- Limit distractions and noise. We know your dog is cute (hint: all dogs are) but having them or your children present when interviewing is never a good idea.
- Find a solid wall to use as your background. Also, make sure you have good lighting and a quiet chair.
- Check everything and always have a backup. Technical problems can always happen, the key is being prepared if they do. Do a screen and sound test before you begin. Have a backup in case everything fails, we can’t stress this enough!
- Dress appropriately. Avoid distracting clothing and look professional. We know you aren’t face-to-face, but they can still see you. Dress as if you were going into an office for an interview.
- Know your resume without looking at it. Record yourself answering pretend interview questions. Did you pause too long or speak too fast? Knowing this ahead of time can be a game-changer.
- Make sure you have an appropriate username. Whether it’s Skype, Zoom, Google Meet, or What’s App, make sure you have a professional username. You may have created the account for personal use, so make sure to check before beginning your interview.
If you follow these guidelines, you’ll be prepared and do great!