Preparing for a Successful On-Screen Interview
Even before the recent pandemic, employers began to make more extensive use of new media to conduct job interviews online. Virtual interviews provide more complete communication than phone interviews because much of the communication is non-verbal. Also, virtual interviews allow interviewers from more than one location to attend. Face-to-face and video chat or virtual interviews have much in common. But there are additional elements to consider to make your online, onscreen interview a success!
Virtual interviews are conducted on Skype, Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx and a few other lesser known software services. Attendees can use computers, tablets or phones with cameras plus installed software to facilitate the conversation.
This post is written from the point of view of a marketer who has sold business ideas to clients via video conference for several years. What happens on screen and how you use the technology matters to the viewer! Think of this as your new movie or an interview with Steven Colbert. Set the stage, dress the part, deliver your lines like a professional and WIN THE AUDIENCE.
Consider these points:
1) Set the Stage Strategically:
2) Dress for success:
3) Position the camera for optimal eye contact:
4) Action and Sound
At the beginning of this post, I noted that face-to-face and virtual interviews had much in common. No matter the format, the interviewer is still charged with finding someone who 1) can do the job, 2) will do the job enthusiastically and 3) work well with a range of people on the team. In addition to your convincing dialogue you must use the virtual meeting technology and setting to convince the hiring managers that you are right for the position. Lights, camera, action! Break a Leg!
For more information, I recommend reading:
1. INDEED CAREER GUIDE: Video Interview Guide: Tips for a Successful Interview,
2. LINKEDIN videos:
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