On the Screen:
It can be hard, especially if nerves kick in to keep your eyes trained on the camera, but this is the most effective way to create the sensation of eye contact with your interviewer. It will also stop you being distracted by a crooked tie, or stray hairs which you wouldn’t normally be aware of.
Shut down all webpages except for the platform you are using for the interview. Aside from keeping the connection as undiluted as possible, you do not want pop ups or videos beginning to play in the middle of your interview.
A lot of video platforms require you to add a profile picture or some information that will be accessible to the person you are contacting. Review your profile ahead of time to ensure the photo and bio information is up to date, and there is nothing there you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see.
Location, Location, Location
While bustling cafes are home to a lot of computer users they are not the best place to showcase your poise and professionalism to a potential employer. Stay at home if you can, pick a quiet room with a simple background, and most importantly a table. You don’t want to be balancing your laptop on your knees throughout!
Test your internet connection ahead of time. Have a friend trial the platform with you so you can be sure the signal does not cut out, delay, or echo, which could throw you off your game.
One of the benefits of a video interview is that you can have access to notes. Don’t write yourself a script, but rather, a few succinct and well-placed post it notes with key phrases or points will keep you on track without being distracting.
Dress as you would for any other interview. A jacket and smart shirt might feel strange as you sit in your own house, but it shows attention to detail and that you take the process seriously. Remember your interviewer will most likely be in an office and formally dressed.
A follow up email or letter thanking the interviewer for their time is polite and respectful. Not to mention that it gives you a great way to maintain contact following an interview for a role with a long lead time.
As with a face to face interview, preparation is key. Take into account the challenges and benefits of the medium and you can make video interviews work in your favour.
Take care of yourself and each other, and best of luck in your job search!
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