Do you know how to ace your video interview? In order to have a successful interview, you need to stand out.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you shine.
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First Impressions Count
Tip #1: Set a good impression by looking presentable. Dress as you would for an in-person interview. You don’t necessarily need to wear a suit jacket, but a sweater or a button down shirt will do.
Also, keep your background in mind. Keep it plain, de-cluttered, and non distracting. If you can’t do that, then blur your background. Keep your lighting in mind, it’s important that you have light highlighting your face and not behind you.
Oh – and don’t forget to adjust your camera angle! Your camera should be just slightly above eye level so that you’re not looking up at the camera or looking down (giving yourself a double chin). Get on zoom before the interview and get comfortable with your set up so that you can make a great first impression.
Tip #2: Make eye contact. Look directly at the person you’re talking to on Zoom. It’s like having a face-to-face conversation. Also, don’t fidget too much by swiveling in your chair or kicking your feet. It’s distracting. Try to sit still as best you can. These are just some Zoom specific tips for making sure that you shine in your video interview.
Tip #3: Watch your verbal habits; try limiting words such as “like” and “ya knows”. Practice speaking as you would during an interview beforehand, maybe run through some questions with a friend. Try speaking in a more formal way instead of using slang, and be concise.
You are sharing a lot of information in a short amount of time, so if you are rambling, stop and say, “Would you like me to say more about this?”. You can always add more, but you can’t take away.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Tip #4: Come prepared. Review the job ad for the position and do some research on the company. Know why you are a great fit for this job – what’s your value proposition?
What are your quantitative achievements and what makes you unique? And secondly, why are you excited about this position in particular? What did you connect with when you were researching this company? Everybody wants to be wanted, and the interviewer wants to know why you want them.
Practice your answers to the most common interview questions you’ll likely be asked. It’s important because these are the questions where people can fumble or end up being long winded when a short, concise answer would suffice.
Sit down, write out your answers to those questions and practice your answers, you’ll come off much more polished and confident in your interview, and your skills and talents will shine through.