How to master a video interview

COVID19 has brought numerous changes to the workplace.  The way we conduct interviews is one of them.  Gone are the days where you arrive at the doorstep of a potential employer with sweaty hands.  You will now be interviewed in the comfort of your own safe environment.

Video interviews are new to most of us and, like any other interview, can still be nerve wrecking. Here are a few tips to help you master a video interview.

Stable internet connection

Make sure you have a stable internet connection to avoid poor sound and picture quality.

Mock interview

Conduct a mock interview with a friend beforehand to test your connection, sound, picture quality and give you a feel for what to expect.

Avoid a distracting background

Frame yourself in the best light and select a background that conveys an image of professionalism. If this is not possible, a plain wall will also work. Make sure that no one will walk past behind you during the interview.

Turn off applications on your laptop

Make sure message alerts do not pop up and distract you during the interview.

Switch your cell phone off before the start of the interview

Give your full attention to the interviewer.

Minimise background noise

Make sure you sit somewhere where you will not be disturbed as background noise can interfere with your concentration and distract your interviewer.Life happens, but let your parents, friends, children, siblings and dogs know that you do not want to be disturbed.

Look the part

This is not the time for your T-shirt and tracksuit pants. Dress professionally.

Introduce yourself

Be ready to introduce yourself at the beginning of the interview.

Make eye contact

Ensure that you look directly into the camera when you speak, rather than at the picture of yourself or interviewer.This can feel unnatural, but practise makes perfect.

Watch your body language

Avoid crossing your arms, hunching your shoulders or resting your head in your hand.Adapt a posture that is relaxed and remember to smile

Ask some relevant questions when afforded an opportunity at the end of the interview

It's important to show your interest in the company and show the employer that you want this job.

Be yourself

Take part in the interview and remember it may also be a new experience for the interviewer.

Good luck!

Marita Cloete

Manager: Audit Staff & Resourcing, Johannesburg

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