Are you the one who gets conscious in front of the cameras? or is that why you are nervous about your upcoming video interview?
Let me tell you this, that it’s completely okay to be nervous about a video interview, and of course, you are not the only one, my dear. Every 6 out of 10 people are camera shy, and that’s why they forbid coming in front of the cameras. But they still manage to nail their video interviews; wanna know how?
There you go!!
In this blog, we will suggest some of the best tricks to preparing yourself for your video interview.
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What’s the deal about video interviews?
Since the covid-19 pandemic has hit most of the countries in the world, we all have been locked up in our homes, and that’s why video interviews are becoming quite popular these days.
As none of us can go outside, so work from home has become the need of an hour, leading to the emergence of video interviews.
Video interviews are nothing but a remote hiring process that is performed through video calling technology.
Video interviews are being preferred these days because of one more reason, that is, it helps in saving time and traveling expenses. Also, with the help of video interviews, companies can reach a vast number of candidates from all across the world.
If we see, on the brighter side, video interviews have many benefits and that it is the best way to hire if you have many candidates to interview, you can even do it after your working hours. But on the other hand, it is not that good of a deal for the people who are camera shy like you.
But just with some tips and practice, you will also be able to master it. So go through the whole article and follow all the directions about how to nail your video interview.
1. Prepare Your Environment
Firstly, start with organizing yourself and your setup where you will sit and give an interview.
Always choose the right spot for yourself to control your surroundings like your room, terrace, etc., and avoid busy and noisy places like coffee shops and restaurants. Make sure that no one interferes between your interview.
After finding a quiet and peaceful spot, the next thing is to check the internet speed and the charging. Your device must be fully charged.
Also, Connection interruptions can make a wrong impression and make you lose confidence, so make sure that there will not be any interruptions in your interview.
Lighting is essential in a video interview. And as for lighting, the natural light from the window is perfect but do not sit with a window behind you because that makes it difficult for the interviewer to see your face, so it’s better to sit with a window facing you.
Make sure that you don’t sit too much near your screen and make a proper distance. And if you are using a mobile phone, then keep at extra height to get the right angle.
Check your audio beforehand to confirm that it’s working correctly. You can also consider wearing headphones if you have, cause that will make the sound system work perfectly.
Also, one more tip, that always have a backup plan with you. One can not control the internet and technology, so if anything goes wrong, you better have something to rely on.
You can share your contact number with your interviewer so that he or she can reach you after the technical difficulties.
6. Prepare yourself
You have to be fully prepared before your interview. You can practice it with your friends and family or with yourself standing in front of the mirror.
It would help if you practiced every question you think they will be asking you and work on your language skills and how you will present yourself in front of your interviewer. Also, work on your confidence.
7. Dress the part
Even if you attend your interview from your home, you still need to dress appropriately in front of your interviewer like the way you would have dressed in the actual interview.
You can consider wearing professional clothes or something formal and but not so casual.
8. Mind your body language
You better not avoid eye contact with your interviewer in your whole interview.
Avoiding eye contact will show that you are not confident enough or haven’t prepared yourself properly for the interview. That will make a very bad impression on your interviewer, so make sure that you look him in the eye the whole time your consultation.
9. Don’t cheat
You can have your resume copy by your side, in case it is needed, but there is no need for any notes or the answers to the commonly asked questions in the interviews because that won’t help as you are not allowed to look anywhere but the screen.
10. Make a good impression
Remember that he will not hire you just because of your sound audio system or your camera quality, or your dressing sense; these all are just the presentation tips. The very thing that will make an impression on him or make him hire you is your confidence and the way you answer his questions, so you better not disappoint him.
To sum up, your best weapon in any of the interviews, be it a video interview or in-person interview, everything depends on your level of confidence.
If you are confident about yourself, then you very much going to nail it. So before working on any of the above tips, start working on your confidence first.
Also, no need to be nervous about anything; treat it as an oral exam and make sure that you pass it.