Prepare for a VIDEO interview like a pro
Video calling has quickly become a common practice for many businesses in 2022. However, this will be the first time interviewing in front of a camera for most of us.
A recent Drake survey showed three out of four people are either thinking about a career change or actively interviewing for a new role. This data points to last year's predictions of "The Great Resignation," now underway.
Are you considering a change? Then, read our five easy tips to help you interview like a pro on your next video call:
- First impressions are no longer your appearance but your environment.
One of the most significant differences with video interviews is that we now share a piece of our home or work environment in the call. Here are two things to keep in mind:
💡 Improve the lighting. You may be in a well-lit room, but if the light isn't on your face, a dim appearance can quickly lose connection with the interviewer. So, try to find or create a well-lit scene first.
Ensure your space is tidy. It might seem obvious to suggest cleaning your desk, but sometimes we forget what's in the background. If you find you're in a busy environment, use a blur filter to hide any visual distractions you can't control.
- Use Cheatsheets.
You are now in a unique position where any notes or points of reference you want to highlight are entirely invisible to the employer – why not make the most of this opportunity!
Research the company's website and social media presence. Learn and take notes on the areas that matter to the employer, like workplace culture, company milestones, or product and service knowledge.
Share your Soft Skills. With the ongoing competition for staff, employers are more willing than ever to hire candidates with skills like communication, teamwork, and resilience over years of experience in a similar role.
Prepare for incoming calls. Another great habit of getting into is writing down the names and details of each job description as you apply. This way, when you get an incoming call regarding an interview, you are prepared and can respond confidently.
Bonus tip: Review your voice message to make sure it's both clear and professional.
- Body Language and Camera Angles.
Poor body language and camera angles can often feel the same in a video interview.
Don't dress too casually. It can be easy to dress and even act overly casual while mixing work and home environments. However, this is an excellent opportunity to stand out from the rest knowing you look the part.
Make sure your camera is at eye level and not looking down or up at the interviewer. Looking down on the employer or employee can quickly feel uncomfortable, even though unintentional.
- Become familiar with the software first.
Take note of which program is being used for your interview. You would hate to arrive late or appear unorganised simply because you didn't test or understand how to use the company’s preferred video software like Zoom, Google Meet, or Microsoft Teams.
In the end, mistakes happen, and being real with a potential employer is important. If your camera falls over, or your dog starts barking, calmly solve the problem and show how you react to these situations as they happen.
If you do find yourself regularly anxious, try bringing a distraction like a stress ball to the conversation. Just like your notes, these tools are invisible.
Make sure to also have water available during the interview in case you start losing your voice (we've all been there).
Now is the perfect time to apply for a job, so don't be afraid to apply for roles that are normally out of your comfort zone. You might be surprised by the success you find in today's market if prepared.