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Making a positive impression in a job interview by video call

BY Skillset Marketing 04 Nov, 2021

Even though lockdown is over, it is likely that some job interviews will continue to be via video call for the foreseeable future. Here are some recommendations for ensuring you make a positive impression at your next job interview by video call:

  • Appearance is everything – A job interview by video call may seem less intimidating to some people than a face to face interview, however this doesn’t mean it will be less formal. As a result, make sure you present yourself in the video call in a way that would be acceptable for a face to face interview. You should be dressed appropriately and well groomed, regardless of the type of job you are applying for. Also, think about the positioning of your camera from your laptop or phone. Ideally, this should be at eye level so you are not looking down or up to the interviewer. The camera should be focused on your head and shoulders.

 

  • Consider the background for your call – Presenting your best self in a job interview by video call should also extend to what the interviewer sees behind you – and that could be your house. Ideally, you want the interviewer to focus on you and your responses, and not the books on your bookshelf or the jumper dangling from the dining chair. Therefore, set yourself up prior to the interview in a part of your house with a featureless background that is tidy and unremarkable. Some people use a virtual background – this is a feature of some video call apps. If you decide to do this, use a plain background that is not going to distract the interviewer. It is recommended you set up your virtual background before the interview and test it to make sure it works.

 

  • Minimise the interruptions – During lockdown, it became commonplace for children and pets to intrude on work video calls. This is because many of us were working from home and could not pretend we weren’t – particularly if we were home schooling at the same time! However, for a job interview, it is essential you find a spot in your home where you won’t be interrupted so you can concentrate on providing answers to the questions put to you, and to ensure the interview runs smoothly.

 

  • Do a test beforehand – Sometimes technology can be frustrating, so if you are new to video calls or don’t do them regularly, it is worthwhile checking your laptop/phone, the video call settings – and your hair! – prior to the call. If you have time, schedule a practice with a friend so you are familiar with how video calls and their settings work.

 

  • Be on time – Punctuality is always important for job interviews – even for video calls! For that reason, aim to be ready for your video call at least 5 minutes before the job interview starts. Make sure you have everything you need for the interview with you. This could include any emails about the interview, links to the video call, passcodes, a copy of your CV and job application, and even a notebook and pen to take notes.

 

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