At some point in your career, you are going to come across either an interview or presentation via an online communication platform such a Skype or Google Hangouts, which, if you haven’t experienced before, will leave you thinking, where do I start and how the hell am I going to pull this off?
Experts estimate that 90% of the cues we give off are non- verbal, so how do you make a good impression essentially through a computer screen?
Here are my top 5 recommendations:
Check your connections:
a. Make sure you have a secure internet connection.
b. Check your audio on your device; do you need to increase the volume to hear effectively, is your microphone operating correctly or perhaps you require a headset with a microphone?
c. Check your web camera for clarity and brightness; the height of camera lens and the angle of the lens is important, always ensure that your face is being captured fully – this will highlight your facial expressions to your audience.
Prepare your background
Make sure you take you have a neutral & ‘clean’ background. If you are not in an office, look around the room and make sure there are no distracting items that could take the focus away from what you are saying to your viewers.
Prepare your surrounds
Where ever you are, look for a room with a door, this will help minimise surrounding noise and maintain a business-like setting. If you are at home, make sure you tell the people around you, what you are doing, reducing the possibility of interruptions, like people calling out to you, or the TV or Stereo being turned on.
Dress the part
Like a face to face interview, make sure you do your research. Check out the company’s website or social media sites to give you some indication of how they dress and their company culture. Just because you are not physically present, doesn’t mean you can’t look the part; always imagine the possibility of becoming one of their team members.
If you were in a face to face interview you would greet the audience with a handshake. You can greet your viewers in a similar way online, with a wave and a smile down the camera. It is also OK to have some notes about the interview or your CV beside you to help your nerves. You only have a small window of opportunity to impress, so lighten up, relax and have some fun – let the real you shine through the camera!
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