Video interviews are a great way to communicate with employers and clients, but they can be stressful if you are not prepared. To ensure that your interview goes well, follow these tips:
Check Your Internet and Video Connection
- Check your internet speed.
- Check the quality of your video connection.
- Make sure you are using a good quality headset or earbuds, and that they are plugged into both the laptop microphone jack and the headphone jack.
Make Sure Your Background Is Professional and Neutral
When it comes to your background, you want to make sure that it is professional and neutral. Avoid busy backgrounds, personal photos, or clutter in the background. Use a plain wall, or use an empty space if there is no appropriate wall available. Try not to use too much color as this can be distracting for the viewer.
Choose the Right Focal Point for Your Camera
There are several ways to ensure that you are looking directly at the camera as opposed to the monitor or someone’s face. When you find yourself looking at the monitor, ask yourself what is on it, who is in front of you, and why you are looking there instead of at the camera.
If possible, look away from your notes (if they are off screen). If not possible, try not to be distracted by them while speaking – focus on keeping eye contact with your interviewer during their question-and-answer period.
Looking around can give viewers a sense that there is something distracting or troubling about your interview because people generally do not shift their gaze so frequently unless they are distracted or nervous — both qualities which can make viewers doubtfully consider hiring someone after watching an online interview video.
Remember to Use Body Language and Eye Contact
- Eye contact is key. It shows the interviewer that you are engaged with the conversation, and it gives them an idea of your personality.
- Be mindful of your body language. Fidgeting can seem nervous or uninterested, so avoid it at all cost. Yawning can also come across as disinterested, so try not to do that either. If you are looking away from the camera more than once during an interview (or even just once because it is uncomfortable), they may think that they cannot trust what you’re saying or doing. A good rule of thumb is to remember that if someone were sitting across from you face-to-face in real life, how would they react? Would they feel comfortable talking about themselves without looking around constantly? Remembering these things will help make sure that your online video interview looks natural no matter where people are watching from or how far away from their computer screens.
Set Up so You Are in a Quiet Room With No Background Noises
The room you use for the video interview should be quiet, especially if you are using a headset or earbuds. Background noises from other computers or the microphone can cause your voice to sound different than it does in person, which may make it harder for the interviewer to hear you clearly and understand what you are saying. If possible, try to record your voice before the interview so that you can compare how different sounds will affect the recording quality during an actual interview session.
If your computer makes distracting noises while recording your video interviews or if there are other people working nearby with high-volume monitors and speakers, consider using headphones or earbuds instead of a standard microphone so that those sounds do not interfere with what is beingrecorded on screen (or even worse—in front of camera). You may also want to consider using a screen recorder such asChrome Screen Recorder andVideo Desktop Recorder which will allow users easier access into editing their videos after they have been saved onto their computers’ hard drives. These are particularly useful because it allows users more flexibility when repurposing these videos for future use such as slideshows/slideshares on social media platforms like Facebook.
Use a Headset or Earbuds to Avoid Distracting Noises From Your Computer or Microphone
- Avoid distracting noises that can affect your voice.
- Use a headset or earbuds to avoid distracting noises from your computer or microphone. You can use a microphone in your headset, and if you want to use an external one. You can also opt for an HD webcam with built-in microphones.
Be Prepared With Answers to Questions About Yourself, the Company, and Why You Want This Job
Before your interview, take some time to think about questions you might be asked. Think about the company’s mission statement and how it aligns with yours. What do you want out of this job? How will this position help you achieve your career goals?
Be sure to bring a list of these questions with you during the interview. It is okay if they are not all answered in one meeting; remember to be patient and know that there will be another chance for discussion later on.
Being Prepared for an Online Video Interview Will Help You Have a Successful Interview
The first step to having a successful online video interview is being prepared for it. You should know what to expect before you begin the interview, and have a list of questions prepared. You also want to know about the company you are interviewing with, their culture, and what they look for in an applicant. To ensure that your online video interview goes smoothly, be sure to test out your equipment prior to the actual interview. Make sure that your internet connection is strong enough so that there will not be any interruptions during your conversation with the hiring manager or recruiter.
Finally, be sure to take care of any last-minute preparations such as making sure you have a good internet connection or finding a quiet room where no one will disturb you as these things can impact how well your interview goes overall.
You may want to consider using earbuds or headphones during an online conversation because this will allow both parties (you and your interviewer) complete privacy from outside noise like music playing from another room nearby which could distract both parties from focusing on what is being said during their conversations together instead
If you are going to be doing a lot of online video interviews, make sure that your internet connection is strong enough. Do not let a poor connection ruin your chances of getting hired. Make sure that the background behind you is neutral and professional, so there are no distractions from what you are saying. You can use body language and eye contact to engage with your interviewer and show them how interested in this job opportunity at the company. Finally, remember not only what questions they might ask but also answers about yourself, why this job is right for you now (and long-term), or anything else they may want more information on before making their decision on whether to hire someone like yours who will work hard every day until retirement.