Online Video Interviews – Practical tips for senior Manager
Even for seasoned executives who have interviewed many candidates - it can and will be a challenge to sit on the other side. Here is how you master this exercise. First of all, make it a project and give it the care and diligence it needs. It is essential that you are clear how your tell your story and your contributions to company success in terms of quality (how you did it) and what you delivered (numbers, KPIs the lot) Be mindful that perception and your interpersonal delivery, a sincere dialogue is crucial and that it may be the “little” difference between number one and two in the final candidate selection.
1. Prepare and test your technology: Make sure that your computer, internet connection, and microphone/camera are working properly before the interview. Test them in advance to avoid any technical difficulties during the interview.
2. Dress appropriately: Dress as you would for an in-person interview, even though the interviewer may only see you from the waist up.
3. Set up a professional background: Make sure that the background behind you during the interview is neat and professional, with no distractions or clutter.
4. Figure out a smooth lighting which shows you nicely with no dark shadows and neither too bright. Special day light lamps you fix on your screen can to the job. Play around with settings, also check on natural light sources in your room, sun light can be too much.
4. Maintain eye contact: Make an effort to look directly at the camera during the interview, just as you would make eye contact with the interviewer in person.
5. Use body language: Although the interviewer may only see your upper body, use body language such as nods and gestures to show engagement and interest. Exaggerate just a little to compensate the digital framing.
6. Practice active listening: Pay attention to what the interviewer is saying and respond thoughtfully, just as you would in an in-person interview. Ask for details and examples when appropriate.
7. Be mindful of your posture: Sit up straight and maintain good posture, as slouching can give the impression of disinterest or boredom.
8. Prepare for executive interview questions: Research typical interview questions and prepare answers in advance so you can answer confidently and succinctly. Develop and present examples.
9. Follow up after the interview is optional: Send a thank-you email to the interviewer, reiterating your interest in the position and answer open questions if any, e.g., provide reference
One top item people will ask, is your leadership style. Don´t just tell them it is a cooperative style, be more creative than that and talk about what you value in great leadership. Talk how you develop your staff and team and how you ensure performance is delivered. Provide examples as much as you can. This theme is an essential element in the culture fit between you and the company.