You might not have had a video job interview yet. But with the prevalence of Skype and web cams, it’s only a matter of time before it happens. And considering that this is “a first” for many job seekers, there are some video interview tips to keep in mind so that you make a great impression. Here’s a look:
1. Clean Up Your Space.
Whether you’re going to be conducting the webcam job interview in an office or in your kitchen, you need to make sure that the space around you – and especially behind you – looks clean and professional. So take down any controversial posters or wall hangings and make sure the backdrop is as neutral as possible. Also, clean up the area around your computer of any clutter or personal items.
2. Be Mindful of What You Wear.
Even though you’re at home, this is still an interview and so you want to look as professional as possible. That said, colors and patterns come across differently on camera than they do in person. So steer clear of bold patterns and bright colors and stick with crisp, neutral, professional clothing.
Also, don’t wear a dress top and jeans or pajama bottoms. If you have to get up to get something, the interviewer will surely take notice.
3. Get Rid of Distractions.
Whether you have kids, pets, or a spouse at home, make sure they’re all out of the house for the video interview. A screaming toddler or a dog barking in the background will certainly make a memorable impression…but not in a good way.
4. Remember You’re on Camera.
If the interviewer is talking for a while, it can be easy to forget that you’re on camera. You might start slouching or get a glazed look in your eye. To combat this, put a note behind your computer reminding you to sit up straight and to look engaged.
5. Do a Test Run.
Before your interview, do a test run of Skype or any other webcam program you might be using. Test out your microphone to make sure it’s working and adjust the web camera so that it’s not zoomed in too closely on your face.
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