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4 Tips for Nailing the Video Interview

Make the best virtual impression!

by Janna Kefalas in Interviews
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With so many job interviews being conducted remotely these days, it’s never been more crucial to nail the video interview.

​And now that many of us are so accustomed to doing Zoom calls for work and fun, thankfully video interviews seem a lot less intimidating than if we had never used video conference technology before.

​So, bonus on that one!

​However … when those squares of people are focused entirely on YOU as you answer their tough questions, suddenly things can get very real.

​Now, while I’m not going to cover interview questions today, here are some specific ways you as a candidate can prepare for video interviews and really stand out.

​Video Interview Tip #1 – Test Out the Tech in Advance

​If your video interview is going to be on Zoom, and you’re already set up for that — then you can check that off your list!

​But if it’s being conducted on Skype, Webex, Microsoft Teams or some other video tool, make sure to download the software and test it at least a day in advance.

​This means hooking up your webcam and doing a quick test run with your earbuds/microphone.

​Regardless of the technology, a reminder to be in a well-lit space with a simple background. (Move that pile of laundry out of the way!)

​Also, make sure your space is quiet (without disruptions from household members and pets) and has good WiFi. There’s nothing worse than the video freezing up during a critical part of the interview.

​Video Interview Tip #2 – Dress the Part

​Maybe your current company has embraced a lounge-chic look for video calls. (So you’ve happily gotten away with one-step-up-from-PJs for months now!)

​But when it comes to making the right impression with a potential employer, appearances do matter. So dress professionally for the video interview, even if the company is normally casual.

​Wondering what to wear? You don’t have to don a three-piece suit, but a button down shirt for men (with a tie if it’s a more formal industry) and a blouse for women is advisable.

​And for the love of all things holy, please wear pants (just in case you have to stand up suddenly)!

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​Video InterviewTip #3 – Body Language Matters

​One casualty of the in-person interview is the opportunity for the team to get a sense of you and for you to get a sense of them IRL.

​With video interviews, however, they’re drawing as much information as possible from your little square.

​So do what you can to convey warmth and confidence. Smile (when appropriate), be aware of your posture, and look directly into the camera as much as possible.

​And watch nervous habits like: fidgeting, finger or toe tapping, hair twirling, or pen clicking.

​Video Interview Tip #4 – Have a Document Open on Your Computer

​While you’ll probably have the video platform taking up the majority of your screen, it’s important to have a Word or Google doc at least minimized on your computer.

​That way you can quickly jot down the questions they ask and any additional information they provide about the role and company.

​You can also document their answers to the questions you ask at the end of the interview. This will help you prepare for subsequent rounds and assess a potential future offer.

In Conclusion

​So while video calls might already seem like old hat to you, these specific video interview tips can take you from amateur to pro in no time!

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