5 tips to help you nail your video interview
Video interviews are more common than ever. It is a great way to save time and connect with potential employers without having to travel. The question is are you prepared to be in the spotlight?
1. Be prepared
An interview is an interview. You should always be prepared whether the interview is face to face or in video form. Make sure you have done your research regarding the company, the position and the interviewer as you would normally do. Remember to have a professional username for the chosen video platform, whether this is Skype or another one. Cutebunny12 will not cut it!
2. Dress to impress
Considering it is a video interview, you might feel tempted to do it while in your pajamas. Please, try to avoid that! Dressing as if you were going to the interview in person will not only boost your mindset, but also help you focus on the interview. Make sure you look sharp, try to avoid too much jewelry as this might create distractions and enjoy the show.
3. Body language matters
You should express yourself just as you normally would in a face-to-face interview, but remember that the focus for a video interview is around your facial expression, your emotion and your lovely smile. It is important to be aware that certain gestures over video will not be interpreted the same way as they would in person. Have fun, stay confident and remember to smile. They contacted you for a reason.
4. Where to look?
The most confusing part about a video interview is where to look? It is easy to get distracted if you are not used to interact via video, and it might feel unnatural at first, but you want to speak directly to the camera and not to the screen. Positioning the camera at eye-level helps. Try to avoid having the camera angle below or above you.
Even the best digital connections can experience delay from time to time. Pausing will help you avoid having your first few words cut out or talking over your interviewer. It is important to let the interviewer finish the question and then pause for a few seconds before you answer. It will also give you time to think, and produce the answers that will surely make you secure the position.