Covid-19 had a significant impact on the virtual aspect of running a business. That being said, the internet has been vastly utilized for years. With social distancing and quarantine, the internet has kept businesses afloat. Not only are people working from home, but they also do job interviews from home with video conferencing.
Sounds Great, Right?
Nearly 90% of companies were using video conference platforms for job interviews through the pandemic. Job interviews are something that many people get very nervous about and experience a lot of anxiety. So interviewing from the comfort of your own home sounds better.
Many companies have decided to make the switch to remote work and video conferences a long-term situation. Businesses are opening back up, but some have chosen to remain remote. Just because you don’t have to sit face-to-face for an interview anymore, the preparation is still just as important, if not more important.
Reasons A Video Interview Can Go Wrong
Many distractions can occur within your home daily. This is something that you are used to and don’t think much about. When you are on a video conference, these noises and distractions can be bothersome. Here are some tips on what to do to prepare for a video job interview.
Find a Quiet Place
Dogs barking, kids playing, the T.V.’s on, or significant others cleaning behind you can all be negative occurrences while on a virtual call. It may not seem like much to you, but it can be very distracting on the computer. It also takes away from the professional atmosphere of a business.
Technology can be unpredictable, and everyone knows that. Glitches happen, and services are needed. Before you jump on a video conference interview, cover your bases. Ensure that you can work your computer correctly and know how to operate the system you are using. It can be negatively looked upon in a remote working world if you don’t know how to navigate your computer.
Not only are the people on the other end of your video conference seeing your face, but they see what’s behind you as well. Don’t sit at a messy desk, kitchen, or other background can be seen. Find a place in your home that is simple and clean and set up there. Keep the focus on you and not the surroundings.
Remember to relax and act as you would in a face-to-face interview. Watch your posture and dress appropriately. Just because you are in your home doesn’t mean that appearances do not matter.
~ Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC. Copyright protected. All rights reserved