After the previous results from our LinkedIn poll and speaking to candidates and clients, we recognise that people feel less confident interviewing using video. Changes brought about by the pandemic have made this style of interview the go-to for many.
Video has been used for convenience and international interviews for years now. Even though interviewing over video isn’t new, the majority of people have only experienced this for the very first time over the last year.
To address the concerns, we have decided to put together a mini-guide featuring 7-tips to help you perform better in video interviews.
Being prepare is the key to success
-Test your camera & microphone
-Find a clean & tidy background
-Set your camera up at eye-level
-Check your lighting
Break the ice
Break the ice by acknowledging the differences when interviewing on video. Doing this should allow you to initiate a conversation and set the tone.
Maintain eye contact
Maintain eye contact by looking into the camera, but remember to shift your gaze between the camera and the screen. Doing this will help you avoid an unintentional stare-down.
Slow your speech
Take your time and accentuate your speech. You may have a good microphone, but you will never know for sure how the sound is received. Remember to pause before speaking to allow for lags or delays.
Take care with your gestures and maintain good posture. Being a little animated is fine, but too much can be distracting on a small screen.
Join the call early
Be online 5 minutes early to ensure the interviewer isn’t waiting for you. Doing this will allow you to make any last-minute adjustments and test your connection.
As tempting as it may be to have notes on your desk or screen, we recommend you avoid them. Rustling papers or reading from a screen will get you caught or make you look distracted.
If you stick to the tips and tricks listed in this blog, you won’t go far wrong.
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