More companies are using video call interview nowadays. It certainly requires extra effort on the candidate’s part, compare to a phone interview and in-person interview. Not only that you have to have neat room for video interview, you also need to be supported with a very good internet connection as well as a good quality webcam and microphone. This is to ensure that the interviewer will not have any trouble hearing or seeing you properly. While at the same time, you are projecting a professional attitude through the preparation that you have done.
Once all the basics are covered, you need to present yourself at your best. Not only that it is important to practice your answers for interview but you also have to manage your body language during video interview. Remember, non verbal language is equally important with verbal language during any type of interview.
Interviewers like candidates who present confidence, friendliness and positive attitude. Those are reflected from the way you sit, stand and body gesture during the interview. Below are some body languages that you need to consider during video interview:
Maintain good eye contact
Looking directly to your interviewer is important in any type of interview. However, the trick when doing video interview, you need to face your eye to the camera rather than your computer screen. You may want to check yourself from time to time on how you are doing on the computer screen but you must do it at the very minimum. You want the interviewer to feel connected with you. Thus, you can show your focus by maintaining good eye contact to the camera.
Nod and smile genuinely / appropriately
Nod and smile appropriately during a video interview show that you are engaged with what the interviewer is saying and that you are listening to them attentively (actively listening to what they are saying). It is important to do this appropriately to show that you’re being genuine. If the interviewer says something funny, you can even smile and laugh with them.
Sit up straight
Good body posture while sitting during the video interview shows that you are confident, alert, interested and engaged. Sit up straight, do not slouch in your seat. Don’t cross your legs and arms. Best way is to put your hand on the table.
Keep hands gesture to the minimum
Some people will move their hand too much when they are nervous or when they are too excited and wants to get the message across. The problem is, most people don’t realize how often they use their hands. Gesture is acceptable but do it at the minimum. Don’t let your hands gesture distract your interviewers.
Practice your body language in front of a mirror, figure out what you need to improve and shine in your video interview session.
Managing Partner – APG Consult