In today’s competitive job market, video interviews have become the norm, even for executive roles. At YER USA, we believe that thorough preparation is crucial for leaving a strong impression.
Below is a comprehensive guide to help you succeed in your next video interview:
1- Do your research!
Dive deep into the company’s background and industry. Make sure you visit their website and social media profiles, like LinkedIn.
Additionally, search for news and articles about the company to get a clearer picture of its mission, values, and where it stands in the market.
If you’re working with a YER recruiter, feel free to ask them any questions about the company you’ll be interviewing with. We’re here to support your success as much as you are!
2- Know your interviewers:
Peer into the profiles of your interviewers. Check their LinkedIn profiles and the company’s website for insights into their roles and experiences.
Understanding your interviewers isn’t just about curiosity; it’s your strategic advantage. This allows you to:
- Tailor your responses to align with their professional interests and priorities.
- Establish a genuine connection by referencing shared experiences or passions.
- Anticipate the types of questions they might ask and prepare accordingly.
- Show that you’ve done your homework, demonstrating your commitment to the role and the organization.
Ultimately, it positions you as a candidate who not only fits the company culture but also understands the nuances of the team you’ll potentially join.
3- The Power of Presence:
Here’s the secret: This video interview is your chance to shine just as bright as if you were there in person. What you wear during a video interview can significantly influence how you’re perceived.
- Research the company culture: Are they formal? Business Casual? Relaxed? Visit their website or check their social media profiles to get a sense of their style.
- Aim to dress slightly more formally than the company’s everyday dress code. For executive roles, business professional attire is often a safe bet. This includes a well-fitted suit or blazer, a dress shirt or blouse, and appropriate accessories.
- Neutral colors such as black, navy, gray, or white and avoiding distracting patterns are the safest choices.
- Don’t neglect your lower half! Wear professional pants. You’ll feel more put-together and unexpected camera adjustments won’t catch you off guard.
- Before the interview, do a test run with your chosen outfit to ensure it looks as good on camera as it does in the mirror. Sometimes, certain fabrics or colors can appear differently on video.
Remember, the way you present yourself visually can speak volumes about your professionalism and attention to detail. By dressing appropriately for your video interview, you’ll demonstrate your commitment to the role and create a positive and lasting impression.
4- Give yourself the gift of time:
Punctuality isn’t just about showing up; it’s about arriving gracefully. Time is your ally in creating an environment free from distractions. Make sure to be ready at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time.
Your command over technology will be your silent strength. A seamless technical setup is the cornerstone of a successful video interview:
Check your Internet Connection:
A stable, high-speed connection is crucial. It may seem obvious, but do you take the proper steps to ensure a good connection?
Remember to disconnect any other devices that may be consuming bandwidth during your interview. Consider closing any windows or apps that you won’t be needing during the video call.
Also, check that your device hasn’t connected to a different network that is not your top choice.
Test your Camera and Microphone:
Do this well in advance. Ensure they are functioning correctly, and there are no hardware or software issues.
Most video conferencing platforms offer a built-in audio and video test feature but also consider asking a family member or a friend to hop on a quick video call to make sure everything is working properly.
Lighting and Background:
Choose a well-lit, distraction-free environment. Position yourself facing a natural light source or use soft, even artificial lighting. Opt for a neutral and uncluttered background to maintain a professional appearance.
Test the Link:
Click on the interview link provided by the employer a few minutes before the scheduled time to ensure it’s working. Make sure you have the necessary software installed (e.g., Zoom, Teams, or Google Meet).
Keep your video conferencing software up-to-date. Outdated versions may have compatibility issues. Check for updates at least a few hours prior to your interview.
Consider using headphones with a built-in microphone. They can help eliminate background noise and provide clearer audio.
Privacy and Notifications:
Disable notifications on your computer and mobile devices to prevent distractions during the interview. Use “Do Not Disturb” mode if necessary.
Have a backup plan in case of technical difficulties. Exchange contact information with your interviewer or recruiter so you can reach out if there are any issues.
6- The Art of Address:
Address your interviewer as if they were in the room with you—direct, professional, and keeping eye contact. Remember to show enthusiasm and let your passion for the role and the company shine through.
7- Strategic Inquiry:
The key to unlocking hidden doors is asking the right questions. Prepare thoughtful, strategic questions about the company, industry, and vision. Avoid discussing minor details or perks. Check out this “Smart Questions to Ask in a Job Interview” Article by the Harvard Business Review.
8- Balance the Conversation:
Aim for a dialogue that’s 50% your voice and 50% listening. This secret to harmony will set you apart.
9- Maintain Confidentiality:
Your current and former employers’ confidentiality is your honor to uphold. Avoid sharing confidential or negative information about current or former employers.
10 – Seek Next Steps:
At the interview’s end, inquire about the next steps and leave on a positive note.
At YER USA, we’ve witnessed firsthand the difference these tips can make in a candidate’s success during a video interview. By following our these tips, you’ll be well-prepared to navigate the challenges and stand out as the top candidate for your dream role. Your success starts with comprehensive research, professionalism, and the right attitude.
Remember, this isn’t just an interview; it’s your opportunity to make a powerful impression on your potential future employer!