Expect your next job interview to be conducted online. COVID-19 and social distancing have significantly changed the job interview process.
Video interviews have become the go-to for companies that are hiring right now. For many candidates, this adds an additional layer of preparation. You not only need to prepare for the interview questions, but you also need to prepare to ensure your online video interview goes smoothly. Technology issues can hamper the flow of the interview. So, if you’ve never used video before, it’s time to start getting familiar.
Here are five tips from Toronto recruiters to help you get camera-ready:
1. Get Comfortable on Camera
Even though they are as close as you’ll get to the real thing, video interviews are very different from meeting in person. A lot of people get somewhat camera shy. If you have never been on camera before, it’s important to try it out and get comfortable on camera. Maintain good eye contact, look into the camera, and display positive body language throughout your time on video. Also, make sure your backdrop is clean and clear. Make sure nothing embarrassing is looming behind you.
Try out the various video technology a company may use for their interview. Some of the most popular are:
- Google Hangouts
- Cisco WebEx
2. Do a Practice Run
Before you get on camera, it’s very important to do a practice run. Check your computer, internet connection, and video tools to ensure they are working well. Make sure the audio and video features are set. Give a family member or friend a call to do a mock interview. Once you’ve had a successful practice run and everything is working, charge your device. Make sure it’s at full power for the interview.
3. Eliminate All Distractions
Barking dogs, kids, doorbells, and many other things can be a big distraction during the interview. Try to set yourself up in a quiet location in your home. Turn off your phone and device notifications. Do your best to eliminate as many potential distractions as possible.
4. Arrive Early and Dress the Part
These two tips are the same on video or in person. Present yourself exactly as you would if you were attending an in-person interview. Dress for success and look your best. Since you’re doing a video from home, there is no excuse to be late. Log on early to ensure everything is working well.
5. Have a Cheat Sheet
One thing you can do in a video interview is have a copy of your resume and the job description beside you. You can also create a sheet with the top points you want to communicate during the interview. If you get stuck, glance at the sheet. Avoid reading from the sheet or looking at it for more than a few seconds at a time. Only use it if you absolutely need to.
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