With stay-at-home orders in place most business professionals have been working remotely including individuals who recruit, interview and hire. For individuals currently in a job search, it’s likely that one (or more) of the interviews will take place virtually.
If you’ve participated in a video meeting (Zoom, WebEx, GoToMeeting, FaceTime, etc.) you’ve likely seen how some individuals come across great while others, well, not so much. Here’s a few things to keep in mind so you’ll look your best during the video interview.
Prior to your call spend a few minutes familiarizing yourself with the technology as each platform is slightly different. In particular, make sure you know how to mute the microphone and turn the camera on/off. Most platforms have numerous tutorials to educate users. Also, consider investing in a decent headset so your voice will come across clearly and without the echo that many computer microphones generate.
Make sure the background behind you is professional, uncluttered, and there’s no disruptive objects (e.g. spinning ceiling fan). Zoom even offers a number of background images so you can look like you’re in an office or in a stylishly decorated room.
If you’ll be using your computer, silence your phone and put it somewhere where you won’t be tempted to look at it. Also, close applications like email so those annoying “dings” won’t distract you or others. If you’re at home where there are others (spouses, children) around, let them know, in advance, when you’ll be doing your video call and ask if they could avoid using internet-heavy applications during that time so your video is smooth and uninterrupted.
Camera Position and Lighting:
To look your best, your camera should be slightly above eye level. Lighting should be such that it minimizes shadows and gives you a warm appearance.
Get Emotionally Ready:
Just as you would for an in-person interview, take a few minutes prior to the call to get yourself “pumped up”. Research from social scientist, Amy Cuddy, shows that standing in the “superhero pose” (feet spread widely with hands-on-your-hips and shoulders back) boosts confidence – confidence that’ll come across during the video call and make you the candidate they want to hire!
Below are a couple of links that I think you’ll find very informative so you look and interview your best.
- Dave Kahl, S
ales Effectiveness Consultant,
CRC Board Member