At the same time, video gave companies a way to host effective training and interviewing experiences. There was an increase of 67% in 2020 of interviews held remotely over video conferencing software.
Top Tips for Making a Positive Impression Over Video
Learn how to make a positive impression by using these strategies.
Choose a Professional Setting
Ultimately, you want to choose a space that’s going to present you in the best light – literally. Look for a well-lit area in your home where you’re not going to be covered in shadow.
Ideally, you’ll want a plain wall, a bookshelf, or something else that seems professional in your background – rather than just a messy spare bedroom.
Test the lighting and setup in your video space by turning your camera on and checking to see what you look like. Ensure that the space you’ll be meeting from is quiet and isolated, so that others won’t be distracted by whatever is going on around you.
Ensure That Everything Works Properly
Check these items:
- Does the microphone sound good? Is your audio loud and clear?
- Is your video stream easy to see? Ensure that you’re not getting any pixelation or blurring as you move around in the shot.
- Do you have a good internet connection in your chosen space, so you don’t suddenly drop the call?
- If you’re joining the meeting from a laptop or tablet, is it fully charged? This also applies to any wireless headphones or cameras which might need charging.
Dress to Impress
Avoid simply dressing up the top half of your body. You might end up standing up. As countless events have shown, it’s easy to forget that you’re not wearing your bottom half of clothing when you’re in the middle of an animated conversation.
It’s also worth noting that dressing correctly can give you a crucial confidence boost too. Dressing appropriately makes you feel like you deserve the job you’re applying for.
If you want to have notes handy, keep them on your screen, so you don’t have to glance away and look down at your lap in the middle of a conversation. You can also have a cheat sheet stuck somewhere close to your camera, so you can grab quick pieces of information without being obvious.
This is one of the biggest benefits of conducting a video interview or meeting instead of connecting with someone in person.
These techniques will help:
- Avoid looking at your phone or flipping through your emails when you’re in the video. People will notice that you’re not focused on the conversation.
- Give the person you’re meeting your full attention and respond to any questions or queries when it’s appropriate.
- Take notes if you need to.
- Remember to mute your microphone if necessary to avoid distracting other meeting attendees when someone else is talking.
About the Author
Mandy Fard is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, CMRW) and Recruiter with decades of experience in assisting job seekers, working directly with employers in multiple industries, and writing proven-effective resumes.
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