The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the way manufacturers, logistics companies, and other businesses interview job candidates. Now, companies are increasingly using video interviews in lieu of face-to-face meetings — and candidates must plan accordingly.
A video interview can be a stressful experience. But, job candidates who plan ahead for their virtual interview are well-equipped to show a potential employer why they are the right fit for a particular role.
When it comes to video interviews, there are many things you can do to put yourself in a position to succeed. These include:
1. Test Your Technology
Ensure your audio and video technology are working properly before your video interview. That way, you can eliminate technology problems before they can crop up during your interview.
As you test your video interview technology, adjust your camera and microphone as needed, too. Remember, you want to make it as easy as possible for your interviewer to see you and ask you questions. If you verify your video interview technology works correctly and you know how to use it properly, you can seamlessly engage with an interviewer throughout your meeting.
2. Dress for Success
Treat a virtual interview in the same way you would a traditional in-person meeting. As such, dress your best, so you can show a potential employer that you are taking the interview seriously and want to prove you’re the best candidate for the job.
If you are uncertain about what to wear to a virtual interview, visit the company’s website, so you can learn more about the business’ culture. You should also avoid flashy apparel and accessories, as these may inadvertently distract your interviewer.
3. Avoid Distractions
Conduct your virtual interview in a quiet setting. If you plan to complete the interview at home, let family members or anyone else who may be present know to avoid your area during your interview.
You should turn off your cell phone, tablet, and any other electronics before your interview. In doing so, you can avoid the risk that your electronics will turn on during the interview — and show your interviewer that he or she has your undivided attention.
Additionally, you can avoid creating distractions on your end by being aware of your background and that your lighting allows the interviewer to easily see you.
4. Arrive Early
Log in to your video interview at least five to 10 minutes early. Once you log in, review the job description and any notes you have about the role or company.
Remain patient as you wait for your interviewer to arrive. Also, if you encounter problems logging in to your virtual interview, notify your interviewer immediately, so you and your interviewer can mitigate any issues.
5. Be an Active Listener
Maintain good eye contact and body language during a video interview. Look directly into your camera, maintain good posture, and don’t forget to breathe.
Project your voice and speak clearly throughout your interview as well. You should also actively listen to your interviewer and try to avoid interrupting him or her. Finally, when your video interview ends, thank your interviewer for his or her time.
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