5 Tips To Execute The Perfect Web Conference Interview

5 Tips To Execute The Perfect Web Conference Interview

With an eye to save money, many companies are turning towards web conference interviews as a way to screen candidates before the later, potentially more costly stages of the interview process; and as an expat that’s not currently living in the desired destination, the chances of you having to do one is highly likely.

However, just because it is done via a computer does not mean you should treat it any less than an interview in person. If anything, web conference interviews are more difficult due to various factors that can go wrong that you don’t have to consider when face-to-face. To help out, we have created a list of the top 5 considerations to factor in before you conduct the interview.

1. Internet Connection

The internet connection is one of the main problems that could jeopardise your interview. If they can’t hear you clearly then you aren’t going to be a convincing candidate. Find a room that is close to the router of your wireless connection. If you have an ethernet port, why not plug it in for good measure.

See how when the main light source comes from behind it darkens your face? This is because the iris has to adjust to the brightness behind you. Avoid this at all costs!

See how when the main light source comes from behind it darkens your face. This is because the iris has to adjust to the brightness behind you. Avoid this at all costs!

2. Lighting

Lighting is fundamental to help illuminate your face. The best way to light your face is with natural light so try to select a room with a large window to radiate those fantastic features of yours. You want to avoid having the window behind you as this will cause the camera to make your face dark. Try to face the window if you can, or have it to the side.

3. Background

Background is important because we don’t want anything unprofessional or distracting going on behind us. A clear wall is always a safe option, however we want at least a couple of feet separation between us and the wall. Things you would find in a professional environment  such as a bookshelf, plants, art or anything you would typically find at an office space is great. Below is a list of things to avoid:

Mirrors, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Bedding, TVs, anywhere people could be walking behind frequently. Anything you feel may jeopardise the professional appearance of the interview.

4. The Position of Your Camera

See the difference between looking at yourself on the screen and looking at the camera? Looking at the camera is far more engaging.

See the difference between looking at yourself on the screen and looking at the camera? Looking at the camera is far more engaging.

It may seem minor, but positioning the camera level with your eyes is the best way to help the conversation feel as personable as possible. Whenever the screen is tilted up or down it serves as a constant reminder that the conversation is being conducted via web conference. The more natural we can make it feel the better.

Try to find something to elevate your computer. Things such as books, shoeboxes, boxes, anything. Get innovative!

Also, there can be the temptation to look at yourself when speaking. Try to avoid this. Look at them when they are speaking, however, when it is your turn, try to stay focused on the camera itself. This can be difficult, so a tip i use, is I look at the green/red light beside the camera to help you focus.

This is an example of a plain background but also the appropriate amount of headroom. Nearly touching the top of the frame but not quite.

5. Framing

The last piece of the puzzle to set up is framing. In a normal interview you will most likely to be sitting down, so try to sit down as well. It’s more comfortable and natural. We want to frame ourselves in the middle of the screen, with a tiny bit of “headroom” (space between the top of your head and the top of the frame). Your head should almost be touching the top of the frame, but not quite. This is your biggest marker, from there, as long as we are in the middle of the frame, the rest should take care of itself.

 

Test it

You should be good to go, but to make sure everything is working, why not conduct a mock interview with a friend over Skype to see how it looks, your connection is strong and you sound as convincing as you’d hoped. It is a great way to receive feedback.

5. Checklist

  1. Is the connection strong?
  2. Is my face well lit?
  3. Is my background professional?
  4. Is the camera at eye level?
  5. Are you in the middle of the frame, with a little bit of headroom?

If you can answer yes to all five, then you’re good to go!

Good luck with your interview via web conference!


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