In the past year, the use of video job interviews has skyrocketed as a result of COVID-19. But even before the pandemic, virtual interviews were a great way to save costs and allow individuals located outside of the area to interview.
While video interviews are convenient, they can also be stressful to prepare for. If you have one scheduled, keep reading to learn four ways to look and feel your best on camera.
Create a Professional Setting
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for a virtual interview is to create a professional setting. A cluttered or dirty background will take the interviewer’s attention away from you and won’t make for a great first impression.
Your space will say a lot about you. Make sure that your choice of setting and any background elements help you give off neat, professional vibes.
Make Your Space Comfortable
The space that appears behind you in your video interview is important. But so is the space that is out of view to those on your call.
From your chair to your desk and computer, it’s important to make sure that you are comfortable and prepared for a lengthy or stressful interview.
Because interviews can sometimes drag on, be sure to choose a chair that is comfortable to sit in for long periods. You’ll want to opt for something with support so that you can maintain good posture during your interview—a slumped appearance won’t help you make a great impression.
Before your interview, take a few minutes to prepare your space. You’ll want to have a pen and paper nearby in case you need to take notes. Keeping a glass of water nearby is also a good idea, just in case you find yourself in need of a sip to clear your throat during a long interview.
Dress for Success
It may be tempting to dress down for your video interview, at least on your lower half. But dressing professionally from head to toe is important for any video call, and especially for video interviews.
Dressing professionally helps you feel professional and better prepared for your interview.
Be mindful of how your choice of top may look on camera. While a v-neck top might be fine for an in-person interview, it may be more revealing when your camera is zoomed in close and looking down from the top of your computer monitor. Similarly, a bold pattern or bright color may be more distracting on video when it’s filling the frame of the screen than when you’re interviewing from across a table.
Get Your Skin Camera Ready
Those conducting your interview will only be able to see a small amount of your space, and less than half of your outfit. But they will see your entire face.
If you aren’t confident with your skin’s current condition, your confidence during your interview will likely suffer as well.
Making changes to your skincare routine to help get your skin camera-ready can go a long way toward boosting that confidence. Face serums are one must-have in your routine. The benefits of face serums include clearer, brighter-looking skin that is radiant and moisturized.
Preparing for a Video Interview
Preparing for a video interview doesn’t have to mean more stress. By preparing your setting to make it professional and comfortable, dressing for success, and getting your skin camera ready, you can make sure that nothing is standing in the way of you making a great first impression.