Strategies to master video interviews

Preparation for the content material of your job interview (rehearsing how to reply each widespread and unusual questions, fastidiously analyzing the job description, perfecting your elevator pitch) can all be for naught in case your presentation abilities are missing or, even worse, nonexistent.

There’s little doubt you’ve labored exhausting to get to the place you’re and also you’ve bought years of accomplishments underneath your belt. However how can you make sure that you’re presenting the true you {that a} potential employer would need to rent, particularly as you’re working to work out the particulars of doing this over a video name?

A lot relies on not simply the substance of your interview responses however in your supply. And that is compounded by a distant platform. I typically reference the work of Albert Mehrabian, whose research decided that solely 7% of your impression on an viewers is due to your phrases—the remaining is presentation.


So earlier than you go surfing to your subsequent digital job interview, be certain to embrace the next three factors in your guidelines.

Get grounded

Fidgeting is one thing we’re already doing on the common. Sadly, it’s exacerbated throughout video interviews. Actions corresponding to rocking in your chair, swaying facet to facet, and even futzing together with your pen will do you a disservice in two methods. The primary is that the motion turns into a distraction like visible static. It’s truly tougher in your viewers to take up what you’re saying after they’re watching you progress round. The second is that you just’ve proven your hand, inadvertently making it clear that you just’re nervous.

A technique to preserve a poker face is to be sure to are balanced in your chair and discover a impartial place to begin. This might imply that your arms begin on the perimeters of the chair or in your lap. One other manner is to ensure your ft are touching the bottom—that manner, in case you really feel your self beginning to sway backwards and forwards or shift in your chair, you may make the selection to come again to a impartial place.

By not “displaying” your interviewer you’re nervous, they are going to be in a position to higher focus in your solutions (the “what” of your interview), moderately than be distracted by your actions. Do that nicely and you’ll exude management presence, which is an irresistible high quality to potential employers.

Take a look at your tech

Don’t roll your eyes at this one. It’s a actual downside in our new regular. When talking with my purchasers, there was no scarcity of interview horror tales surrounding expertise.

I had a consumer inform me they thought that they had a tremendous interview and nailed it. However as they had been wrapping up, they requested the interviewer if that they had any extra questions. And their response? “Why are you not on digicam?” They thought they had been on digicam as a result of their digicam gentle was on. Now the interviewer most likely might have talked about one thing earlier, however it’s up to you to check and ask in the beginning. It’s a straightforward mistake to make and a easy one to repair. However you’ve got to stay vigilant.


Regardless of the phrases you and the corporate agree to for the interview (on-camera, cellphone, Zoom, MSFT Groups), be sure to check your tech.

When you have an on-camera interview, be certain to ask in the beginning, “Are you able to see me and listen to me okay?” to examine this potential downside off the listing. Additionally, it’s not a foul thought to check with a good friend or colleague an hour or so earlier than the interview to ensure your sound is working, your digicam is working, and—in case you’re utilizing headphones—they’re correctly synced.

One other useful tip? In the event you use many platforms (Zoom, Webex, MSFT Groups, and so forth.) and also you’re hopping from one to the subsequent, be certain to shut out of the platform you’re utilizing, as your digicam (and typically sound) might strive to use the earlier platform.

Know the place to look

This may occasionally sound redundant, however it bears repeating.

At an in-person interview, you’d need to make eye contact with the interviewer.

With digital interviews, you can, however you most likely shouldn’t (no less than not more often than not).

If you end up talking, look into the digicam. If you end up listening, you may have a look at the individual on the display. It will give the interviewer the sense that you’re making eye contact and contributing an amazing deal to the 93% nonverbal communication you want to master.

Doing this is not going to solely make you look extra assured, however it’s going to additionally take away any doubts the interviewer might have round why you’re not them, what you could be hiding, and why you don’t seem composed.

There are selections you may make to management the way you interview. And by controlling a few of these variables, your message, expertise, and experience are certain to have the highlight.

Vanessa Wasche is the proprietor and founding father of On Point Speaking.