The question is “How do you prepare for such an interview?” Online interviewing is uncharted territory and can be difficult to adapt, but with some preparation and practice this just might work in your favor. Taking some tips from television interviews I have been involved in, there are some things to avoid and some things that will make you come across in a more powerful manner.
Rule #1 Practice with Online.
You will be far more at ease in a job interview if you have used online platforms and/or practiced video recordings before the interview. The good news is that the experience doesn’t require expensive equipment. In fact, your laptop computer is usually fairly good quality however if your computer camera is not making you look your best you can enhance your online “presence” with a webcam camera Webcam cameras are available at stores that sell electronic equipment for a reasonable price.
These cameras are easily installed on your computer and you will be up and running in no time. Also check your sound quality and if necessary get an external microphone which can greatly enhance the quality of your voice. Remember an online interview is about how the other person sees and hears you!
Rule #2 Adjust the Camera before the interview.
Becoming comfortable with the adjustment of the camera level and angle will give you the power to position how the other person will see you. If you call in before the interview you can “play” with the placement of the camera so that you can look your best. Always put the camera at eye level!
Rule #3 Makeup/Lights/Camera
As with any interview, judgment starts at first sight. There is a limited amount of things that you can do to change your appearance but looking your best is as important as in any face-to-face interview. A few basic rules:
Look Professional at least for the part of you in camera range.
- Wear solid colors not prints or bold patterns. Pastels are softer than white.
- Make sure that you are well groomed hair, facial hair, teeth (no spinach in the teeth).
- Sit up straight posture is important to your impression and self-confidence.
- Smile, as appropriate. You don’t want to look like a deer caught in headlights.
- Avoid looking down at notes try to look at the screen/camera. You will be talking to a face, or faces, on the screen. Look
into the camera as much as possible.
- As tempting as this may be, avoid staring at yourself in the small box. This is about you having a conversation with another
- Avoid sudden or jerky hand gestures. Sometime there is a video/audio delay and it will be to your advantage to use smooth
hand gestures and movements.
- If you wear makeup, wear eye makeup to emphasize your eyes and softer colored lipstick. Experiment with this look.
Rule #4 Good Content Is Essential
It is a given that unless you have something that will “grab” your viewer’s attention, they will more than likely delete the recording and not invite you in for another interview. This is a professional endeavor and should be treated as a professional presentation. You may not be the most objective person to judge whether anyone will watch beyond the first 30 seconds. Get feedback from a professional, friend, or family member. Remember to choose someone who will be able to dish-out some honest feedback without you becoming defensive or having your feelings hurt.
Rule #5 Beware of Phony Postings/Contacts
If you are actively screening job postings, you may have seen an item posted on some company’s websites. It’s an offer for a “Free Application Screening.” Surprise this is nothing more than a job interview using video to see you and make a judgment whether or not to pursue you further.
As with anything new, there will be a learning curve with this process. Experiment with others to feel more at ease when you do receive that call for a video/Online interview. Once you get the call, it will be too late to start to practice.
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