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In this week’s episode…
- You’ll learn how to avoid technical issues by over-preparing
- Next, you’ll learn that lighting your face is the key to building trust
- Finally, don’t underestimate the destructive power of a bad background
If you can’t manage your internet connection, why should we put you in charge of managing anything else. This was actually said to someone I know when they’re wifi kept dropping and buffering during a video interview. They were at one of the later stage rounds with a very busy executive. Needless to say, they didn’t get the job.
Was the executive a jerk about this wifi issue – absolutely? Does it matter in terms of my friend getting hired? Absolutely not. In reality, the message the executive was conveying was right. The way they presented it was not.
In today’s job market, video interviews have become the norm, allowing candidates to showcase their skills and personality from the comfort of their own homes. While this format offers convenience, it also presents unique challenges. To help you make a great impression during your next video interview, let’s explore some common video interview mistakes to avoid.
First, don’t neglect your technical setup. Technical issues can be a major distraction during a video interview. Before the interview, ensure that your computer, webcam, microphone, and internet connection are working correctly. Test the video conferencing software you’ll be using and make sure it’s up to date. Be prepared with a backup plan, such as a phone number to call in case of technical difficulties.
Second, get the lighting and your background right. Your interview space should be well-lit and free from distractions. Avoid sitting in front of a window with bright sunlight or using harsh overhead lighting that casts unflattering shadows. Choose a neutral, clutter-free background that won’t divert attention away from you.
Third, dress appropriately. While a video interview may take place in your home, treat it as a professional meeting. Dress appropriately in business attire, even if you’re sitting at your kitchen table. Avoid distracting patterns, flashy colors, or clothing that blends into your background.
Fourth, make “eye contact”. Maintaining eye contact is challenging in a video interview, but it’s crucial. Instead of looking at the interviewer’s image on your screen, focus on the camera lens to create the illusion of direct eye contact. This demonstrates your engagement and interest.
Fifth and finally, don’t ignore nonverbal cues. Effective nonverbal communication plays a significant role in interviews. Sit up straight, maintain good posture, and avoid fidgeting. Use natural and appropriate hand gestures to emphasize points, but don’t overdo it. Expressive facial expressions can also convey enthusiasm and engagement.
In conclusion, video interviews are a valuable tool for job candidates, but they come with their own set of challenges. By avoiding these common mistakes and focusing on professionalism, communication, and preparation, you can increase your chances of success and secure your dream job. Remember that, despite the virtual setting, your goal is to make a strong and lasting impression on your potential employer.