In the digital age, traditional job search wisdom isn’t always relevant. The advent of digital networking, social media, and personal branding affect how professionals find, apply for, and land new jobs. But the influx of technology hasn’t changed the game for the job search alone; it’s also revolutionized how HR teams interview qualified executives. If you’ve enjoyed a stable career for more than 5 years, you’ve likely never experienced the hallmark of the digital job search: the video interview.
How to Ace a Video Interview
- Check your equipment. Apart from a solid resume, the best way to prove your worth is to prepare for your interview. For a traditional interview preparation means researching the company, practicing articulating responses to common interview questions, and knowing how to speak authoritatively about your executive history. For a video interview preparation means checking your audio and video, double checking your power source, and doing a test video call the day before the scheduled interview.
- Set the stage. Before beginning a video interview, choose a professional setting in your home that’s clean and well-lit. Ask family members to avoid your corner of the house while the interview is in progress. If you have pets, make arrangements to keep them off-screen (both visibly and audibly) during your interview.
- Dress for success. It’s tempting to dress for comfort — on the bottom, at least — for a video interview. Avoid the temptation to wear faded slacks or flat shoes for a video interview. Your interviewer won’t see below your ribcage, but dressing professionally creates a mental reminder to be exceptional throughout the interview.
- Remember: it’s an interview. Even executives experience the pitfalls of the digital job interview. When you’re technically alone in the room, it’s easy to fall prey to bad posture, nervous ticks, or poor eye contact. Behave as you would in a traditional job interview, even if the format feels less formal than an in-person appraisal.
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