These days, interviewing virtually is becoming the norm. However, a Zoom call feels far different than an in-person interview. You still have to make the best impression, all while stressing about the potential for technical glitches, where to look on the screen, and whether a noisy neighbor will distract you.
The good news is that there are steps you can take to prepare for video interviews, so you ace them and land the offer.
Practice ahead of time.
With an in-person interview, you know you need to research the company, practice your interview answers, and come up with your own list of questions. However, for a video interview, you have to put in a little more effort.
For instance, to avoid the risk of technical glitches, like issues with your camera or microphone, login in ahead of time and perform a systems check. You should also assess where to position yourself, whether or not to wear glasses (which can cause a glare depending on your position), what your background looks like, and other details that will appear on the screen. Both you and your interview space should look professional and neat.
Log in early.
Just as you would for a traditional interview, log into your video interview a few minutes early. This will give you time to deal with any technical issues, as well as check your microphone and camera one last time. It will also give you a moment to take a breath, center yourself, and focus before the interview begins.
Keep important materials nearby.
With a video interview, you can keep your resume, questions, and other notes nearby. Make sure they’re right next to you, so you don’t have to get up and search around your office for them. Also keep a glass of water handy just in case of an emergency, like a sudden tickle in your throat.
Dress for success.
Video interviews aren’t code for wear your tracksuit. Instead, you should be dressing just as you would for a professional, in-person interview. That might mean a formal suit and tie, or business casual, depending on what the norm is for your industry or the kinds of companies you’re interviewing with.
Though it’s tempting to wear comfy bottoms, keep it professional. If you have to stand up for some reason, you don’t want to give yourself away.
Keep body language in mind.
It’s easy to be nervous before a big interview. But don’t let habits like fidgeting or twirling your hair blow your chances of getting the offer. Keep your body language in mind. You can even write yourself a post note to sit up and sit still if you have a habit of fidgeting.
It’s easy to get distracted during a video interview. After all, you’re not one-on-one in an office setting. You might have a window behind your computer screen with people walking by. You can also have other distractions inside your home that pull your attention away. However, to make a favorable impression, it’s important to pay attention to stay focused.
Need help with your next video interview?
Let ResumeSpice help. We offer interview preparation services that will help you get ready for your big day. We know what hiring managers want to learn about how and how to best impress them. If you’re ready to learn more, call 832.930.7378 or contact us online.