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4 Tools You Need For A Successful Virtual Interview

6/30/2020 8:52:00 PM

Virtual interviews are now the norm, so it’s important that your digital first impression is one that's professional and well put together.

Avoid having a light source, especially a window, directly behind you. The camera will end up making your image incredibly dark to compensate for the brightness and the hiring manager won’t be able to see you very well. Light coming in from the side can be problematic as well, as half your face will be shadowed and half will be normally lit.

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The best light source is placed directly in front of you so that your face is evenly illuminated. A ring light that can clip onto your monitor is a great solution, as it’s designed to produce good quality light. If you don’t want to make a purchase, arrange your lamp so that it’s directly in front of you, or sit directly facing a window.

A microphone and headphones.Nothing is worse than poor audio quality or constant echoing during an interview. Solve this problem by ensuring that you use headphones with at attached microphone. The wired iPhone headphones produce good quality sound, and as an added bonus, they aren’t expensive. Be sure to use wired headphones rather than Bluetooth. That way there’s no chance of your headphones disconnecting or the battery dying during the interview.

Using headphones also helps to improve the sound quality as you listen to the hiring manager, ensuring you don’t miss anything important that they’re saying. Having good quality audio both ways ensures that the interview goes smoothly and no time is wasted by either person having to repeat themselves multiple times.

A good quality webcam.If your computer doesn’t have a built-in webcam, you need to purchase one. While the cameras on phones and tablets are quite good, they also come with distractions. You’ll likely have notifications popping up while you’re doing your interview, or even worse, a call will come through and interrupt the interview. Don’t leave this up to chance - invest in a webcam for your computer and leave your phone in another room.

A distraction free background.You want the hiring manager paying attention to you, not looking at your background. Aim for a clutter free background such as a blank wall or a bookshelf. It isn’t always easy to find a distraction free background that also has good lighting, so you might have to improvise. Cover up a busy background by hanging up a bed sheet behind you or close your blinds and use the drapes as a background.

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This will be the new norm now so it’s best to be prepared Thank you, great tips!

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