How to Ace Your Video Job Interview

If you’ve never been asked to participate in a video interview for a job opening, the chances that you will be asked to do so have increased drastically if you are looking for a new job during the time of social distancing. Many people believe it’s as simple as turning on their camera and talking, secure that if they know their content they’ll do great. What they do not realize is that non-verbal and tonal behaviors communicate volumes to the people on the other end of the screen and can make – or break – an interview.

There are techniques that can help you to gain a competitive advantage by appearing confident, credible, and competent. To help you get there, ExecuNet’s Tony Vlahos spoke with Maxine Dolle, a business coach who works with organizations on ways to improve communication skills. She specializes in identifying issues and creating solutions that help individuals advance both interpersonal and group communication skills, which ultimately leads to improved leadership skills, highly effective and productive teams, and better business decisions – all of which have an impact on the bottom line. She turned her communication expertise toward video presence in this conversation. She shares several excellent tips you can apply during your next video interview.

Here’s a breakdown of their conversation:

  • (00:56) Fascinating data
  • (02:25) The lighting is important
  • (03:46) Distractions you never considered
  • (03:38) Body language and eye contact
  • (06:22) Gestures
  • (07:37) Hand placement
  • (08:30) Digital delay
  • (09:44) Referencing papers
  • (10:15) What to wear
  • (12:37) How to sit

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William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

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