How to be successful in a home-working interview
Going to a successful interview is the first, and one of the most important steps in finding work. This is especially true if you are working from home. Doing a great video interview shows you have excellent social and technical skills. In order to be a successful home worker, we present 5 great tips to pass a video interview.
1. Find a quiet location with a simple background.
The most important factor in making a good video interview is the context. Make sure to choose and empty room where nobody is distracting you. Do not go to any public places, such as co-working offices, cafés or restaurants. You should choose a quiet room with large windows or appropriate lights. Even if there are many furniture in the room, choose to sit in front of an empty wall. Do not sit in front of windows, because the light can blind the webcam and you will not be seen in the image.
2. Check your computer, your webcam and headset in advance.
It is prudent to login to any online meeting or webinar 5-10 minutes in advance. Make sure your headset (preferably a USB headset made by a respectable brand) is connected and working. Check your webcamera settings. Most laptops have built in webcams which are okay. If the image quality is poor, you should install a separate webcam. Do not use external microphones or external speakers. Audio can distort and echo which are unwanted effects in a video interview. Always use a headset. If your headset is wireless, make sure the batteries are fully charged and are properly connected.
3. Dress and sit professionally.
Even if you are in a video interview, you should dress properly like if you were there in person. It is only proper to wear minimum a white shirt with tie, trousers, and your best shoes. According to psychology professor Dr. Karen Pine of University of Hertfordshire, professional clothes can boost your confidence and lift your mood. According to Dr. Pine, „A lot of clothing has symbolic meaning for us, whether it's 'professional work attire' or 'relaxing weekend wear', so when we put it on we prime the brain to behave in ways consistent with that meaning."
4. Clear your schedule.
Make sure to be on time for the interview. Since you do not have to physically commute to the interview location, you have very few excuses for being late. Being on time speaks volumes about a person’s character. You should log in to the live interview a few minutes earlier. Make sure to leave 5-10 minutes open after the interview, in case you have more questions to discuss with the interviewer. If you are just recording a video, make sure you are well-prepared for the questions and you concentrate on the task.
5. Be friendly and cool.
Being confident and happy is an important way to signal professional attitude. Always look into the camera, like you would look the interviewer in the eye. Smile and be cheerful – a sign of a positive attitude is a big, welcoming smile that shows your friendly and open character. Make sure you are prepared about the background of the company and about your own experience. Speak in a strong, confident voice. Do not be too quiet or too loud. Try to moderate your speech rate. Do not speak very fast or very slow. In order to make your speech interesting, try to avoid any silences in your speech. If you are in a live interview, do not interrupt the interviewer. After answering their questions, you have the option to ask your questions. It can be a good sign to ask one or two professional questions, because it shows you are interested in the job. If you know who your interviewer will be, then it might be a good point in the interview if you checked out their LinkedIn profile too for professional information.
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