More and more employers are doing first interviews through Zoom, Skype, or other online platforms. Are you ready? Here are 6 online interview tips to help you ace it.
Don’t be the guy who puts on a dress shirt and jacket with sweatpants—or worse yet, just underwear. I know someone who forgot he didn’t wear pants and stood up to get something.
Wear normal job interview clothes so you feel confident and powerful, and make a good impression. Stick with suits in blues or grays (conservative colors) that show well on screen. Solids are better than busy patterns. Keep your jewelry conservative and quiet so it doesn’t become a noisy distraction.
(See more about what to wear to a job interview.)
If you wear makeup, you may have to put on a bit more so you don’t look washed out on camera. If you don’t wear makeup, you may want to add a bit.
Check Your Lighting and Sound in a Practice Run
Run through a practice call with a friend to check your lighting and sound. Adjust your lighting to be flattering. Try placing lamps on either side of your face, and probably turn off overhead lights.
Check your microphone and speakers in your run through and a few minutes before your interview. Make sure there will be no distracting background noises.
Declutter Your Background
Adjust your camera angle so that everything around and behind you is clean and uncluttered. If your surroundings are a mess, it implies that you’re a mess.
If you need to, hang a smooth curtain or sheet behind your chair in a neutral color. Background matters.
Practice Good Body Language
Look at the webcam so you seem more engaged. You could put up a picture of your interviewer there, or someone who makes you feel calm and confident. Smile, lean forward slightly, and keep your hand movements slightly toned down.
Practice Your Interview
No matter what, this is an interview. It’s just as important to prep and practice for it as any other interview. I always recommend practicing interview answers to common questions, and even working with a career coach to make sure you perform well and get the offer.
If you’re having trouble getting a traditional face-to-face interview, you may want to suggest a quick conversation online. It’s less of a commitment for them and may open up many more opportunities for you.
As a coach, I’ve seen so many of these issues and more, I decided to write a book about it.
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- How to do the technology and fix issues
- What your background should look like
- What to wear, where to sit and where to look
- How to prep for a video interview
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