I’ve read so much advice given to job seekers about video interviewing tips. Most of the advice has to do with technical, environmental and personal attention. They include.
- Testing software being used and your hardware (computer, tablet or phone, audio, video and wifi).
- Properly staging your background.
- Avoiding distractions (kids, pets, phones, street noise, open windows, etc.).
- Ensuring proper lighting.
- Dressing properly (really, no pants!) and being well-groomed.
- Sitting up straight.
- Smiling and agreeing by nodding.
- Avoid using your hands too much.
- Maintaining eye contact (Where? At the camera or the interviewer’s image?).
- Opening the conversation.
- Asking the right questions.
- Answering the stock questions.
It’s quite a load to absorb! But do you know where I find most at fault?
Improper body language. From my experience, body language tells me a great deal.
I look at how people respond to the ‘out of left field’ questions I tend to throw at them during practice video interviewing sessions. I look for facial expressions such as raised eyebrows, rolling up eyes, fidgeting, face touching, scratching your head, other hand gestures, etc.
When you practice your interviews, try to video them. Then go back and see how you responded to the surprise questions. You may be surprised, again.