7 easy tips to hit a home run on your video interview

Article by Marc Vervoort

Spanish companies are looking abroad to fill hard-to-fill positions in programming, software development, and other digital jobs. To avoid the time and costs of travelling, job interviews are done via video chat. Having an interview by video is different than face-to-face. But no worries, with these 7 tips, you’ll be a video interview star.

1. Preparation is key

The basics of the job interview stay the same. Take time to prepare answers to possible questions. Have concrete examples ready from your work and life which show why the company needs to hire you.

2. Check your tech before

Don’t wait until the last minute to test your mic and camera. Make sure your internet connection is stable. If your internet connection at home is not great, find a quiet place with good wifi. In short, prevent any technical issues from your side which might hinder the flow of the job interview.

3. Dress the part

Just because the interviewer probably won’t see your legs, doesn’t mean you should be doing the interview in your underwear. Dress as you usually would for a job interview. Look good, feel comfortable and make an excellent impression.

4. Set up your surroundings

Tidy up the room, so there is no dirty laundry laying around. Nobody needs to see that, especially not your future boss. Sit in front of a white wall, or at least a background with minimal distractions. If you live with someone, let them know you have a job interview. So they won’t enter the room, watch tv or put on loud music.

5. Lighting is everything in a video interview

Excellent lighting will make you look like a movie star, bad lighting like a zombie from The Walking Dead. Place the light behind your computer to avoid dark shadows in your face. Don’t use light that’s too white. This will make you look washed-out. Ready? Lights, camera, action!

6 Look at the camera

When we video call, we usually see a small image of ourselves in the corner. Stop checking this. You need to look directly into the camera, not at the space around it.

7. Make yourself heard

A headset with a mic will help cancel out noises and make your voice sound more natural. Remember to talk slowly and clearly.

 

You’re ready for the video interview, now it’s time to find your perfect English speaking digital job in Spain.

 

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