The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled the world into a new era of remote operations. The recruiting process has also moved online with job tests, interviews, and workplace simulations, all making their way into the digital space.
Job seekers must adapt to meet changing requirements and stay ahead of the game. Interviews are still a vital component of the recruitment process, and it’s crucial to make a positive impression here—regardless of whether it’s online or in-person.
If you have a video job interview coming up, follow these five tips to make sure you ace it.
The backdrop in your video is one of the easiest things to control in your environment. You don’t want the interviewer to become distracted by objects on the background instead of focusing on what you have to say.
If possible, sit in front of a blank wall with no items behind you. If you can’t find a spare wall, make sure the area behind you is neat. Sit up close to the camera, so your face and shoulders take up most of the screen.
A noise-free environment is necessary to ensure that the interviewer can hear you properly and that you aren’t distracted either. If you’re living with other people in the house, let them know that you’ll need some quiet time for your interview (a note outside your door should also help).
The right camera angle and lighting can do wonders for you. It makes you look more attractive and ensures you’re sitting up straight and not slouching or bending over to look onto the camera.
Additionally, you might want to invest in a good quality microphone to get your message across more clearly, without any distortion.
Just as you would do for an in-person interview, you need to stay prepared for an online interview. Don’t forget to research the company, the interviewer, and the role you’re applying for.
It’s tempting to forego research with video interviews because you think you can look things up online quickly—but that rarely helps. Interviewers will notice if you’re distracted or looking up something, and you won’t be able to bring up the subject organically.
It’s best to rehearse the interview beforehand to see how you come across to the interviewer. This will help you make adjustments to the lighting, microphone, backdrop, and even your body language.
Even though you’re giving the interview from the comfort of your home, you still need to look professional and focused. Business-casual attire with neutral colors works best for interviews.
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