Even though COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted and professional life seems to be returning to normal, businesses are still heavily relying on video interviews as part of their recruitment efforts. In fact, a study by StandOut CV and JD-Library showed that 60% of employers plan on keeping video interviews of candidates as part of their onboarding after the pandemic.
Why? Time and money. 45% of recruiters surveyed say video interviews helped them speed up the hiring process. They also mentioned lower costs and environmental friendliness as factors.
So, with video interviews here to stay, how can job-seekers give themselves the best chance to make a great first impression? Here are five keys to prep for a winning interview.
Practice Positive Self-Talk
It may sound weird, but talking to yourself can be a good thing. Before your interview, give yourself a continuous pep talk. Remind yourself that you are qualified for the job you’re after, and not only that – you’re the best candidate for the job. Not only has positive self-talk been shown to improve performance, but it also carries health benefits if done regularly, according to Healthline.
Do Your Homework
Another tried and true tactic for impressing during an interview is researching the company you’re interviewing with. Research their history, their mission, their way of doing business and their culture. A prospective employer’s corporate website is a great place to start.
Also, do as much reading up on the job you’re applying for as possible. Have some questions ready for your employer about what you’ll be doing. Not only will it show you’re excited about the opportunity, but it will also show you’re eager to learn.
Be Aware of Your Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
Employers pay attention not only to what you say, but how you say it. Practice telling your story in front of a mirror – or even recording it on your webcam – and look for any nervous habits you can minimize. A good way to approach the interview is to imagine you’re having a conversation with a friend instead of a corporate interview. That should help you relax.
Check Your Equipment
Make sure your computer, your camera and your microphone are working in advance of your interview. Look over any instructions you’ve received for the interview, and make sure your computer meets all the requirements.
Don’t Overthink It
Is it strange we’re ending a post about preparing for an interview by telling you not to think too hard? Maybe. But it’s important not to overanalyze whether you can do the job you’re applying for. Don’t waste time and energy worrying that you’re not qualified. If you’ve scored a video interview, you’re worthy of consideration. You deserve this!
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