“Fake-it-‘til-you-make-it” – The Right Approach for a Successful Video Interview?

More and more companies are now using online interviews in their hiring process. This gives the applicant the possibility to present not only their skills and experiences in a more personal way, but also their motivation and personal background in this part of the hiring process. At the same time, however, video interviews can be daunting for those who are not very confident in talking and presenting themselves in front of the camera. Can you actually “fake-it-‘til-you-make-it” in a video interview? This blog will help you to understand when faking can be helpful and if fake-it-till-you-make-it is the right approach in a video interview.

When faking is going wrong
When is faking the wrong thing to do? First we have to differentiate between faking competence and faking confidence. To be clear, you just should not fake competences. Sooner or later your interviewer or better your potential employer will notice it! Honestly is always the best policy when it comes to your skills and experience. Your weaknesses and the ability to tell them makes you interesting and that let you stand out. The main goal of a video interview is to determine if you fit in the given position and the company. If you pretend to be someone you’re not, you will have wasted both your time and the time of your recruiter. But what about faking confidence?

When faking is ok and even helpful
Most of the people miss their confidence they are in an uncomfortable situation. It is proven that confidence has a large effect on our performance. A confident presentation always gives more weight to the answers, makes you seem trustworthy and it makes you come across more competent. So why shouldn’t you just boost your confidence with a little bit of “faking it” in order to perform better? How can you apply this in a video interview where the other person sees you and all your reactions?

Faking during the video interview
Here are a few ways to fake that confident feeling, even when you’re not feeling it:

Prepare
Even if it feels like you’re talking to the camera, on the other side of the screen there will be a recruiter watching. So prepare just as you would prepare for an on-site interview. This will make you confident to answer any possible question in the interview.

Dress to impress
Yes, you will probably do the interview at home but wearing formal clothes will make you feel more professional and gives you more confidence. And you will radiate it!

Sit up straight
A hunched posture will make you look insecure, while a straight back and a solid posture will make you seem calm and in control.

Speak slower
When you seem to run out of time, don’t start rushing! Take a few seconds, calm down, breathe and speak at a normal pace.

Use your voice
Since half of your body is not in the frame, you have to use your voice to convey enthusiasm. So don’t be afraid to overdo. In this case, “faking it” is the way to go!

In conclusion, as long as it helps you boost your confidence, feel better and perform better, “faking it” is not a bad thing to do. But when “faking it” is aimed at deceiving the recruiter, it is never a good thing. The right company for you is the one that values your skills and competences. So fake some missing self-confidence but always refer to your real competences.

Happy video interviewing!

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