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DOs and DON’Ts When Preparing For A Video Job Interview

When preparing for a video conference or job interview, it’s important to be organized and bring the same professionalism you would to an onsite interview. Here are some tips to start you off on the right foot:

 

Dress professionally:

This is your first impression. Treat this opportunity as you would an in-person interview.

 

Prepare your surroundings in advance:

Find a quiet, well-lit place to sit. Minimize disruptions. Plan ahead and make arrangements if children or pets are present. Use of headphones can help lessen disruptive sounds.

 

Technology:

A desktop PC or laptop is preferred; but if using a mobile device, be sure it’s stabilized. Do not hold it in your hand. Test camera settings, webcam, WiFi signal, speed connection, and audio/sound settings beforehand.

 

Body Language:

Eye contact is extremely important. Look into the webcam when speaking. Sit up straight in your chair with your shoulders back and feet on the floor. Keep your mood upbeat and optimistic throughout the interview.

 

Items to have handy:

A copy of your resume, a pen and paper to jot down notes or questions you might have, and water in case your throat gets dry or you start to cough.

 

Other disruptions to avoid:

Silence your mobile phone and log out of any applications on your computer or phone to avoid unwanted sound notifications.

 

By preparing thoroughly and maintaining professionalism, you can make a strong impression and set yourself up for success in your video interview. Good luck!