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How to prepare for a video call interview?

There are currently many companies conducting video call interviews due to the pandemic. So, if you're looking for a job, how can you prepare for a video call? Here are six tips:

Make sure your hardware works. Whether the interview is by phone, tablet or computer, you must ensure that there is no fault with the equipment during the conversation. If you are using Wi-Fi, look for a place where the connection is strongest. Remember that a wired connection is preferable because it is faster and less subject to interruptions. Also, check that the microphone and speakers on the device or phones are working correctly. Medium recommends that you become familiar with the specific tool or program (Zoom, Skype or other application) that you will use in advance. Review how to turn your audio and video on and off and, if necessary, find out how to share your screen.

Minimize distractions. Choose a quiet environment where you will not be interrupted. It is also advisable to silence all message and email alerts during the interview, as they can be distracting.

Prepare your environment. After choosing where to do the interview, make sure the area is well lit and without backlight. Clean up any clutter to make the environment look calm and professional. Place your resume, job posting and any other support material you may need in an easily accessible location.

Choose the right clothes. According to The Balance Careers, it is better to dress professionally, as if it were a face-to-face interview. Don't make the mistake of dressing only from the waist up. You never know when you will have to get up during the virtual interview.

Look at the camera. This gives the interviewer the impression that he is looking you in the eye, instead of looking at your image on the screen. Looking at the camera can also project confidence, as well as showing that you are used to using these types of tools.

If you are nervous about a video conference interview, Lifewire recommends testing with a friend a few days earlier. And the most important thing is to make sure that the technology doesn't get in the way, but that it allows you to show your skills to the interviewer.