(Where else will you find a background that hides your messy apartment!? Read on for a list of absolutely everything to do, from your tech setup to “designing your set,” to making sure you look and sound fantastic on your video interview.
If you do nothing else to prepare for a video chat, do this one thing: use headphones. And lags in connection and internet blips can easily create an echo, delay, or other sound disruption that can be lessened with headphones.
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Do a quick search of the technology that your video interview is using, and see what you need to prepare. There are hundreds of other video platforms that you could use, such as Cisco Web Ex and Go To Meeting, so setting aside 15 minutes before your interview to make sure you have the right tech downloaded will ensure you are prepared!
As executive recruiter Jennifer Johnson shared, being in a big room and having too much depth behind you can be distracting.
It’s best to position yourself a few feet from a wall, and have one or two tasteful decor components in the background.
So, dig up those headphones that came with your first i Phone, or buy a pair of cheap headphones with a mic.
(For example, Skullcandy makes a pair for .) Your sound will be crisper, the risk of echo will be reduced drastically, and those sirens and dogs barking in the background won’t get in the way of the great impression you’re making on screen!