How job seekers should prepare for video interview

Try to avoid sitting in front of windows or walls with decorations so that they don’t distract the interviewer.

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Make proper eye contact without seeming to stare at the interviewers.
A video interview may be close to an in-person interaction, but there are several things that you could trip on. Here’s how to ensure you don’t.

1. Conduct mock interview
About a day or two before the interview, check all the connections in your computer. Make sure the Internet subscription is renewed so that there is no unpleasant snapping of connection. The webcam should be functional, the audio should be clear and without disturbance. The battery should be charged and all unnecessary browser tabs should be closed to minimise distractions.


2. Log in 15 minutes before
Always set up the computer or laptop 15-20 minutes before the interview to check for any last-minute glitches. It will also give you time to calm down and not appear flustered or rushed and unprepared.

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3. Trial run on tech
This is critical to a smooth video interview because it will show how you present yourself to the interviewers. The webcam should be placed in a way that it shows the head and torso clearly at the right angle. The source of light should be behind the camera so that it illuminates your face without throwing up shadows or putting you in the dark.

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4. Keep resume, notepad handy
As in the case of a phone interview, keep your resume, cover letter and a notepad handy for any questions you want to ask or information you want to note down.

5. Eye contact, gestures
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Make proper eye contact without seeming to stare at the interviewers. So remember to look at the camera, not the picturein-picture image on the screen. Practise this several times before the actual interview so that you don’t seem confused or are distracted by the process.

Also read: How job applicants should prepare for phone interviews

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6. Dress for the job
If you dress as if you are actually appearing for a personal interview, it will reflect your interest and seriousness about the job, besides of course, putting you in the right frame of mind.

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7. Clean background, no distractions
You may think your face and torso are the only visible parts, but the entire area behind you shows up. So sit in a clean, sterile, uncluttered place. Try to avoid sitting in front of windows or walls with decorations so that they don’t distract the interviewer. The desk should also be clear of all things.
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