Cracking video interviews – part 1

There’s good and bad news. The good news is almost all of us are horrible at video interviews. The bad news is we’re all most likely in the same boat.

In order to shine in video interviews you must posess certain skills and savvy past basic job interview best practices.

With more companies seeking out the video interview option at some stage in the hiring cycle, you are able to count on video interviews in the upcoming future.

Here’s how to crack this tricky way of assessing talent:

The various kinds of video interviews:

  1. Skype interviews

The easiest approach is using Zoom, Blue Jeans, Skype or Google Hangout for the video interview. These are straightforward thanks to the interviewer mailing you the link or call your user id.

Ensure your profile suggests you in a simple light and does not contain jargon or popular lingo. The company could also use systems that do live interviews as well as an internal screening tool.

  1. Prerecorded interview videos

In such cases, you are mailed a link to a question page where your answers are recorded to pre-recorded questions. Within a set time you need to give your answers with a couple of tries prior to submission.

Considerations for body language

  1. Ensuring good eye contact

Maintaining eye contact is not easy during video calls. When speaking to another person through video your eyes tend to focus on the partner’s face. Avoid this by resizing the window with the person’s video image. Move it as close to your webcam possible. Remember to maintain eye contact but not stare.

  1. Wear a smile

Refrain from smiling too much as it can come across creepy. Enthusiastic smiling is well received but it can easily cross into nervousness.

Don’t laugh at each joke. The smile is a tool showing you’re a pleasant person to work with as well as having good social awareness.

  1. Control your nervous energy

We all possess twitching or nervous tics including other distracting habits. This is completely normal. Recommendation – recording yourself many times and viewing the clips to see what needs to be changed.

This helps you see the tiny habits you aren’t aware of. This results in watching yourself on camera. Awareness combined with practice gives you results.

  1. Calming the nerves

People get nervous when preparing for job interviews. This is mainly due to the fear of the unknown. This is due to you not being sure what to expect. Stress is the result of the uncertainty.

This gets worst once you’ve been on a few interviews which don’t pan out. Candidates never get feedback over why they weren’t chosen and find themselves second guessing. Interviewing is a skill and you get better with practice. It is totally manageable. Once you’re aware of the elements your stress gets reduced.  

  1. Optimize the posture

On video interviews the interviewer cannot see your legs. This means you don’t have to worry about leg positioning. Take a neutral stance in your chair. Crossing legs ends up being quite awkward with a webcam as this affects your on-camera framing.

You clearly sit upright and keep your back straight. Ensure you face the camera minus much of side angle. Find a balance between a lean forward and reclining far back. Do a dry run to play with your options and you’ll soon come out on top.

Adarsh HM
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