A colleague recently relayed her story on her sought-after interview. She was a bit unnerved by the experience – not because of the interview itself, but because it was digital. In digital interviews, candiates are video recorded answering pre-recorded questions as opposed to talking to a live person. As more companies seek to reduce the costs of recruiting and interviewing candidates, the digital interview is becoming more prevalent. Like any other public speaking forum, you should prepare and practice before your video session. Here are 10 more tips to keep in mind to ensure you put your best face forward:
1. Set up your computer, iPad, smartphone, or whatever device you will be recording from in a quiet location. Ask a neighbor to keep your dog, unplug your phone, and close down all other applications on your electronic device to keep your environment distraction-free. Also, check to make sure you have a good connection.
2. Ensure your background is presentable. Clean up any clutter in the background of where you will be recording so that those watching your interview will see a professional environment.
3. Check your lighting. Indirect lighting in front of your face works best; lighting behind you will make you look like you are in the dark.
4. If possible, stand for your interview instead of sitting. Standing allows you to have more energy in your voice as you speak.
5. Dress professionally, as if you were going to a live interview. Avoid wearing white, as it can make your face look washed-out.
6. Have all of your documents close at hand, including your calendar, in case there are follow up appointments.
7. Keep a bottle or glass of water nearby in case of “dry mouth.”
8. Don’t fidget. If you are sitting, be conscious of rocking or swivelling in your chair, and don’t wear jewelry if you are prone to “play” with it.
9. The camera on your electronic device should be eye level. Look directly at the webcam and not at yourself. As with other public speaking events, eye contact is critical to making a connection with those who will be viewing your interview, and by looking at the webcam, you will make a more personal connection.
10. Amplify your personality. Increase your vocal variety so that you are not speaking in a monotone voice. If you do use your hands when you talk, be sure not to put your hands in front of you, as it will look like you have big hands!
As with all interviews, preparation and practice will not only decrease your interview anxiety, it is essential to a good performance. Most importantly, be yourself. Your warmth and competence are what will sell your future employer on your fit with the organization.