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February 1, 2022
Video Interviews have quickly become the norm for job seekers in the last few years, and can I share a secret? I couldn’t be happier. When you interview online versus in person, there are so many more hacks available to help you ace your elevator pitch, outline your answers in detail and confidently demonstrate why you’re the perfect candidate for the role. Here are my top 3 tips to ace your video interview.
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I like to have two screens open side by side on my computer when I interview:
That way I can see the interviewer, but I can also see my notes. That makes me feel confident as I enter the interview and also allows me to have a safety blanket in case I forget anything during the conversation.
The result? I come off as eloquent and prepared, and the interviewer has no clue I’m using notes. It’s a win win situation.
I don’t know if I should be crediting Romy & Michele for this or not, but Post-its can make or break an interview. They are great reminders to stick along the border of your computer with topics you want to call out during your time together. I like to color code them by group so they are easier to track during the conversation.
Here are a few of the topics I like to include:
The list can get endless, so think about the questions you have the hardest time answering and write down quick notes in Post-its so you have them readily available when the time comes. That way you won’t be stumped trying to answer something you already know, but just can’t remember in the moment.
Even with these tips, interviewing is still an art form. The best way to get better at it, whether in person or virtually, is to practice your method the exact way you intend to interview live. A few days before the interview, set your phone over the screen and record yourself. Even though this can be embarrassing, feedback is crucial for improvement and a recording can help you accurately assess your performance and ace your video interview.
If you realize you sound like a robot (let’s be honest, most of us aren’t newscasters or Ryan Seacrest), you’ll need adjust your approach:
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