How to nail a video interview | the Interview
This is post 3 in a series of 4 blog posts.
In our previous blog we provided you with some useful tips for a proper preparation. Now that you are fully prepared, it’s time to put your practice into action: your interview. Since you’ll only have one chance to present yourself to your potential employer, you will need to give it all you’ve got to land your desired job. In this blog post we give you pointers that will help you make the most of your interview.
#1: Prevent interruptions and remove barriers
This may very well be the very first time that you are in an online video interview. First of all do not get distracted or interrupted during your interview. Get yourself set-up in a quiet area without any possible interruptions. Close doors and windows to eliminate background noise. Inform your family/housemates/friends about the time and date of your interview. Turn off your phone and close all the running programs on your computer that use a lot of bandwidth or could interfere with the interview(software).
#2: Connect with your interviewer
Building a relationship with your interviewer is important, but definitely not easy, especially in a digital setting. One of the most important things to watch out for is that you try and make eye contact. That means not staring at your own image but try looking at the webcam. Position your video thumb as high as possible. Also prevent yourself of throwing a jumble of empty words to your interviewer because he won’t catch them. Interact and engage; talk to your interviewer to build the relation you need to get to the next step of the hiring process. Ask questions and follow-up. It’s all about interaction. Be as engaging as possible.
#3: Sell yourself
In our previous blog post we had already mentioned the importance of writing and preparing your personal value proposition. Don’t forget to bring this up during your interview! The interview is your time to shine. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and promote yourself. The skills and strengths that you emphasize during the interview will be the qualities and characteristics your interviewer will associate you with. In order to ace your video interview, you need to ‘’advertise’’ yourself to create a strong and favorable picture of yourself in the interviewers mind. And remember, since this interview is recorded, your commercial may be aired several times. Make it the best one possible!
#4: Relax and be confident
A little adrenalin is totally normal and could even help you to perform at your peak. However, it is important to come across as relaxed and confident as possible. Even though you are properly prepared, things may not always go exactly the way you’ve predicted. You may make some small mistakes, but that’s okay. You are only human! More important is to put fun and energy in the interview. This will communicate well. Besides, your interviewer may secretly be a little bit nervous too! It is a case of mind over matter, be confident, try not to worry and relax.