As the world has changed and the way we work has adapted to those changes interviews using video conferencing software has become the norm.
Whilst some people love the thought of video conferencing for others it can be quite daunting, however if you know how to set yourself up in readiness for the interview the video interview can be a used to your advantage
For obvious Choose an area that is quiet and free of distractions. You really don’t want to be sitting in the kitchen as the dog and the kids go charging past. Find a quiet room with a door that can be shut and locked. If your doors don’t have locks then use something to lock it a chair wedged up against the door will do the job. Make sure wherever you are is free from noise, it pointless sitting upstairs out of the way if the kids have got the Bose on full volume in the room underneath you.
Choose a professional background
When setting yourself up location is everything pick an area that is tidy and free of clutter. Make sure your background is clear rather than cluttered and only has professional-looking items in the background. People are sometimes oblivious to items they have on shelves that may draw attention away from them, so check bookshelves and if you have ornaments, pictures or photos in the background ask yourself are these okay to remain in the background. Remember less is more on this one and setting up in front of a blank wall is ideal. If you do still with a wall behind you allow a gap of at least three feetbetween you and the wall so you don’t flatter the shot and blend into the background
Choose a room with good lighting, so people can easily see you. Setting yourself up facing a window is a brilliant way to allow natural lighting to show you in a good light. Avoid the window behind you look as it can cast shadows and make you appear to look like a silhouette. If natural light is limited use artificial light directed onto your face to make you shine. Two lights work best and table lamps work well, both at diagonal positions to the face, one to the left and one to the right is ideal, but avoid fluorescent lights as they can be too harsh.
Before your interview, silence your phone and put it away. It’s the most common fopar! It happens to us all, you were sure you slickened your phone until it starts pinging or ringing at an inappropriate time. Don’t just turn it off, put it away you definitely won’t need it whilst in the interview so leave it in another room
Charge your Device
Obvious? Yes it is but it happens. And unless you have good reason not to keep it plugged in to the mains! More importantly make sure the plug is switched on. The last thing you’ll want to be doing is diving under the desk mid-interview to plug in a dying device.
If you live or share your home with other people, let them know when and where you are interviewing. Right before your interview starts, remind them to give you space and keep the noise down.
Dress to impress
Dress exactly how you would during an in-person interview. This means you should wear your nicest business attire. Business dress comes in all forms in the modern day office, so dress to impress as not only will it make you look good, but it’ll make you feel good. Remember some patterns and colours do not work well on video avoid patterns and checks and go for solid colours.
You may be being interviewed by someone in a different country but they can still see your every move. Posture is important so a good upright seating positon will not only make you look professional it will help you speak clearly. While you speak, you may want to use your hands to emphasis the points you are making. Acknowledgement is key, use nonverbal cues such as nodding and smiling to show that you are listening.
Remember that the interviewer can’t see what’s not on camera, so use your interview space to your advantage. Post it notes attached to the edge of your screen with key words, numbers questions will help. A white board behind the device with key info on is a great way to use the video interview to your advantage.