Imagine your next interview: You’re alone, you never actually meet or speak with a live person, and you are staring into a camera answering pre-recorded questions on a lap top or tablet. Digital Interviews are becoming more popular. Are you prepared to excel at a web cam interview?
Here are 4 tips to help you get prepared:
Remember that most interviews are behavioral-based:
When being asked about you specific skill set be sure to answer with real life experiences and examples.
Come to the interview prepared with several examples for the most common skills hiring managers are looking for.
Practice out loud — with a camera on:
Create a mock interview at home while recording yourself answering questions.
Although this may seem uncomfortable to do at first the benefit of being able to review and practice this before actually doing it is huge.
Normally you have feedback, be it tone of voice or body language from your interview. You no longer have this. Practice to ensure you’re concise and confident in your answers.
Show energy and enthusiasm:
Avoid being monotone or fluctuating your volume of your voice, avoiding being sometimes louder, sometimes softer.
Smile, tilt your head and show expression.
You can only get better at this with practice.
Think production values:
Make sure you’re the proper distance from the camera so you’re visible from just below your shirt collar and up, but your face doesn’t take up the entire screen.
Dress appropriately and make sure the room is lit well.
Test your microphone.
Wear a headset so the interviewer doesn’t get feedback.
Try to minimize background noise, and be very aware of what else will be seen in the background.
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