You never get a second chance at a first impression, right? So, what happens if your first impression for a job is a video interview?
Although there is a lot of uncertainty around work in the age of the coronavirus, there are companies still hiring. And, there are also folks still looking for their next opportunity.
If you are fortunate enough to have landed a job interview but it’s via video, you may be wondering what comes next. At another time, you may have been prepping your resume and materials, picking out the right outfit, and practicing your smile and firm handshake. Are any of those elements still necessary for a video job interview? The answer, like so many right now, is that it depends.
Rock your video job interview with a little advice that combines the best of virtual and in-person interactions.
How to Prep For a Video Interview
As you would for any job interview, do your research on the company, position, and interviewer. Brainstorm questions that might come up and how you would answer. Also, come up with a few questions yourself to show your interest and curiosity in the position. Without being overly forward, consider ways you might connect with your interviewer on a personal level. Simply showing interest in who they are, where they are based, and what they like best about working for the organization can make a difference. It can be helpful to show your human side so they get a sense of the person behind the video!
If you need help prepping for your job interview, don’t be afraid to reach out to a mentor. An approaching life change can be a good touchpoint to catch up with one another. (As long as you are careful of their time, too, and genuine in your inquiry.)
And, if you have the chance, you might want to practice your job interview skills over video with a trusted friend. In this scenario, making a good impression doesn’t simply refer to your outfit. A quick call will help you run through the equipment and test your lighting and setup. You will want to have picked a place that will not be distracting or loud. Being on time, thoughtful, appropriately dressed, and well rehearsed still matter!
What to Remember During a Video Interview
Before you log on, take a deep breath. Even though you are meeting virtually, you could still have a bit of stage fright thinking about a new job interview. Take comfort in the fact that you are in a place that is safe and special to you. Dressing the part for an interview can help get you in the right mindset. Then, once the camera is on, find strength in polished presentation and project positivity in your answers and demeanor.
Although you are in front of your computer, now is not the time to multitask. Just as you would in an in-person interview, keep your phone away and your email inbox closed. Don’t appear distracted. Look into the video camera when you answer your questions and sit up straight. Thank your interviewer for their time and follow-up with an email once you have logged off from the video interview.
Why You Should Congratulate Yourself at the End
Remember, you are likely your harshest critic, so take it easy on yourself. A job application and interview can bring on the stress in any situation. But, when you are also navigating a new normal or finding yourself disconnected from friends and family for other reasons, a life change feels like a huge challenge. Find ways to connect with friends and mentors for support and encouragement before and after your video interview.
Every win counts, including the small ones, during challenging times. So, take time to pat yourself on the back and celebrate your work. You were the one who brushed off that resume and secured an interview. Keep at it!