6 Tips for Your Next Video Interview

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Video interviews are new for a lot of us, but they don’t need to be stressful!
  1. Look the interviewer in the eye
    This one is hard to do because how do you know how eye contact comes across on the other screen? A great rule of thumb is to look straight into the camera when speaking. This will produce the same effect as looking your interviewer in the eye and build trust.
  2. Cover your face on screen!
    On video interviews or conferences, it is typical to be able to see yourself in one corner or side of the screen. It can become very distracting to see this in your peripheral vision because you can’t help but find yourself constantly looking at it. It isn’t because you’re vain, it’s because you want to make sure you are presenting yourself well to the interviewer. However, this tendency prevents you from following tip #2, looking your interviewer in the eye! Placing a post-it note over your picture on the screen will help you avoid this temptation. You can also minimize your own feed in some video platforms.
  3. Dress as if you were in person
    Dress for the job you are interviewing for. While a video interview can seem less formal, doing the interview from home is not an invitation to wear sweatpants and your weekend chore shirt. If you’d wear a shirt and tie to the in person interview, best to wear it to the video interview too.
  4. Make sure there will be no technical issues!
    Is the device you’ll be using fully charged before the interview? Even if it is charged, make sure you are also plugged in just in case. Try logging in to the app that you’ll be using (Teams, Zoom, etc) a day or two before the interview to make sure it works with your microphone and speakers.
  5. Pause after speaking
    Sometimes there is a delay when connected over the internet. After each question or statement from your interviewer, pause for a couple of seconds before responding in case there is a delay in transmission. This will help ensure that the interviewer is fully finished and you don’t accidentally walk over them.

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