How to do well in a job interview
Interviews are not everybody’s cup of tea, and that’s okay.
Here at 1tedjob.com we tried to find a way in which it can help people who are not big fans of interviews manage to present their skills and their experience without all the stress of a live meeting with a great company. So we have come up with the video interviews section.
How does it work?
If a company asks for a video interview from the candidates it selected based on their CV’s and tests, each candidate will receive a set of questions and a deadline. The candidate will have to record a video in which he answers all the received questions and sends it to the company. No real time pressure, no nervousness, no intimidation, no stress.
Another great issue that this kind of evaluation solves is the long distance recruiting. Business might want to recruit people from various countries all over the globe and this kind of interview does not force anyone to adapt to a different time zone. Even if you are great at live interviews, waking up at 3 in the morning for a Skype interview with somebody across the planet is not really great and you might not perform at your best.
Tips for doing great on camera
Let us start with basics:
- First of all, make sure you have a good camera. If you plan to film it with your smartphone, set it on best quality and autofocus so you make sure you don’t get blurry while speaking.
- Second, don’t wear anything with stripes as it will look like the clothes you have on are moving all by themselves. If you will watch talk shows you will notice that nobody is ever wearing thin stripes.
- Third, try to look as professional as possible, which means not only putting on a shirt but also being careful on what else you capture on camera. Tidy your desk, take down the poster you put up on the wall when you were 16 and make sure you are not in a space with too much echo. If that is the case, use a desktop microphone or your hands free mic to record your voice.
Then let’s move on to presentation:
- Don’t hurry because you want to make sure people understand what you speak and finish all the words and sentences. If you make mistakes, don’t take it from where you left the sentence, say the whole sentence again, as it will be way easier for you to edit the video afterwards like this.
- Don’t move too much because you can cause the camera to shake or you might touch the microphone by mistake and cause some ugly noises.
- Look straight into the camera and hold a good posture during the entire speech. If you made some notes to follow a certain structure, it is ok to make pauses and look on the paper as you can always edit those pauses afterwards. Make sure you stopped talking while still looking in the camera, then tilt your head to read the notes, then start speaking again only after you are back to looking straight into the camera.
All in all, it is a great tool, and you should give it a shot. It will help you see yourself on camera, structure better answers and gain experience in talking fluently on the topics companies are interested in. Also, you might get a great job.