Just because your interview is over video rather than face to face, you shouldn’t treat it any differently. The key things still apply:
Be prepared – Research the company, prepare some questions for them, ensure you know your CV inside out and practice some competency-based questions.
Dress smartly – dress exactly as you would if you were meeting them in person. Our advice is to go one notch above what you think their office culture attire would be. And put your shoes on! It sounds silly, but there is a psychological element to being dressed the part – you’ll feel confident and that you really mean business.
Don’t act differently or do anything differently to what you would do in a face to face interview.
Preparing yourself for the interview is essential, but so is preparing your set up and technology. All good work and good impressions can easily be undone by technical issues.
Remove any distractions – ensure you are in a quiet space, no pets, no kids, no partners! Definitely no TV or radio in the background.
Try to set yourself up with a neutral background and don’t wear anything that is too heavily pattered or distracting. Softer, solid colours work best.
Make sure you frame yourself properly, don’t cut your head off!
The more flattering angle is always from above, so try raising your laptop or computer as much as you can using books or stand.
Ensure you are lit from the front not from behind and use more than one light if you can.
Don’t sit yourself too close or too far away from the camera!
Think about where you want to be looking and use a post it note to mark it. It can feel quite unnatural, but in order to make eye contact, you’ll want to be looking into your camera as opposed to at the screen.
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