5 Tips For Handling A Video Interview
Job seeking in the medical industry is an entirely different beast than most jobs you’ll apply for in your lifetime. Many candidates will live out of state or in another city than the interviewer or employer, and to make things more confusing, the job could be in different city again away from the employer!
With this in mind, it’s easy to see why video interviews are commonplace for medical job interviews. They’re quick, easy to use, give employers a better sense of the job seeker as opposed to a phone call, and are free.
But there are a lot of things to know before rushing into a video interview; many small things you might not be aware of can completely ruin your employers image of you.
So here are some ways you can present the best version of yourself and maximise your chances of getting the job!
- Check Your Audio And Visual Feedback
It’ll pay off to familiarise yourself with your laptop/computer to make sure your webcam and microphone are working properly. It’s vital your microphone is giving clear sound and your webcam isn’t overly pixelated to avoid any technical problems during your interview.
This is important, not only so your interviewer can hear and see you, but it shows you’re organized and know what you’re doing – which is a GREAT first impression right off the bat.
- Be aware of your surroundings
While it may seem like the interviewer would only be able to see your face, keep in mind that they’ll notice your surroundings as well, and your surroundings can speak louder than words. You should try your best to do the interview in a clean, neat, but bland setting.
Avoid recording job interviews in public places like coffee shops, parks, and cafes as there are many noises you can’t control. If you record at home, be aware of any potential noise such as a dog barking or a baby crying as it can grate on the interviewer.
- Maintain good eye contact
If you’ve gone through any type of job interview before, you’ll know how important it is to make confident eye contact, but doing this via video is trickier than you’d think.
During a video interview your eyes will naturally be drawn to the interviewers eyes if you’re trying to make eye contact. But this can make it look like you’re looking down or away depending where their face is on your monitor. To give the interviewer a true feeling of eye contact you’ll need to look into your webcam.
A good way to make this feel more natural is to put the window with the interviewers face at the top of the monitor close to your webcam to give the closest feeling to eye contact.
Remember to not make too much eye contact though, if you’re sustaining eye contact for too long it’ll make the interviewer feel like you’re staring at them. General rule of thumb is to give eye contact for no longer than five seconds. Don’t overthink this, just remember to give confident eye contact as if you were right in front of the person.
- Present the best version of yourself
Now you might be tempted to record the interview while wearing no pants, and while that sounds a great idea, appearance matters and you should dress formally even if only your top half will be seen.
You should also consider the lighting in the room, for example avoid shadows on your face or wearing too much white as it can mess with the colours on your webcam and look too exposed.
Remember, some confident, enthusiastic smiling goes a long way in a job interview whether it’s in person or in a video call in this case. But like eye contact, too much can come across creepy, so be wary.
Think of smiling as simply a tool to show your interviewer or employer that you’re easy to work with, have social awareness, and have plenty of self-confidence.
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