Top three tips to make a good impression on a video job interview

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It’s safe to say that the 2020 graduates will always remember the end of their studies. Not only have they been robbed from graduating events, they now face the challenge of finding their first post-graduation job. But this search and first employment experience will be different than what they expected. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic consequences, open positions are harder to find and the hiring process is done remotely. We rounded up tips to make a good impression through a video interview.

Phone and videoconferences interviews aren’t new, but they were used as complements to an in-person meeting or in rare cases where the candidate and the hiring responsible couldn’t meet (for example a foreign candidate). Individuals joining or re-entering the workforce are now faced with it being their only option, and with it comes its load of challenges.

1. Pay attention to your appearance
The same rules as in-person interviews apply for physical appearance (dress code, posture, etc.) In many ways, it will be your interviewer’s first ( and lasting) impression of you.
An added difficulty that comes with video meetings is the appearance of your surroundings. Make sure to find a well-lit and neutral background so that the focus can be on you and what you have to say.

2.Make sure that your tech won’t let you down
As we all know from simple casual video calls, many factors can make the experience less enjoyable. So make sure to have a good internet reception, charge the device you will be using and test the sound and image prior to your interview.

3.Get rid of distractions
To be able to make a good impression, make sure to eliminate as many distractions as possible (phone ringer, pets, other people). This will allow you to be focused on the conversation you’re having so that your interviewer sees you’re engaged.

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