Thanks to Covid-19 face to face interviews are becoming a thing of the past and video interviews are now the norm. But just because you won’t physically be meeting your potential employer does not mean pyjamas and your bedroom are an appropriate choice for your video call! Think they won’t notice? Trust me WE notice! And it’s a sure-fire way to spoil your chances at landing the role!
Here are some of our top tips for acing a video interview:
Charge your device
There is nothing worse than having a conversation with someone and being hung up on half way through a sentence! Ensure your phone, tablet or laptop is fully charged before any video interviews and for extra interview prep do a test run to make sure your microphone and video are on. Miming in the interview will only get you so far.
Dress the Part
Pyjamas, gym gear & tracksuits should only be seen at home or when exercising. Dress to impress and apply the same dress code and hygiene standards as you would for a face to face interview.
Do NOT apply the ‘Zoom Shirt’ methodology, where you only dress the top half of your body or what the camera sees. In the off chance you may have to stand up, you don’t want to be showing off the Christmas PJ bottoms that you’re wearing in August.
It’s all in the eyes!
We are all guilty of this but try to give the camera as much eye contact as you would if the interviewer in a face to face interview. If it’s a one to one interview it’s very noticeable where you’re looking so don’t stare at yourself the whole time (we’re sure you look great!)
Know your Background
Screaming kids, traffic/background noises & flashing TVs are very distracting. Find a quiet space with a clutter free background and make sure there are no distractions in the camera view. On that note, also make sure you aren’t in any high traffic spots in your home, the last thing you want is for a partner, parent or friend to wander past in the background.
For all the pet owners, we automatically love your fur-baby, but your future employer might not be a pet person. Make sure they’ve been let out for ‘toilet time’ and that they have a toy or treat that will keep them occupied (meaning less distractions for you).
Follow these top tips, and as Kris Jenner would say “You’re doing great sweetie”