I thought I would just expand a bit about media training with some quick tips from me (with video, below).
Interviews today are frequently happening across all types of communication mediums. Almost everyone has used their iPhones for face-time calls and/or their computers for Skype calls. However, do you know the etiquette for doing these types of communications for job interviews?
The most important tips to remember are these:
1) Be present
Make sure there are no distractions for the video call - you will probably be at home so make sure you have made provisions for your pet/child(ren)/spouse/friend with benefits, whatever to be preferably in another part of the house or not at home. If you cannot do these calls at home (maybe you are on the road for your other job or what have you), try to be in a quiet place where you can focus on the call and not have a lot of activity going on around you.
2) Be presentable
Even though you are in another location, treat the interview as if it were being held in person. This means wearing the interview outfit (the complete outfit - do not skimp on the bottoms/pants because you never know if you will forget and stand up by accident) and being camera ready. What does camera ready mean? It means preparing as if it were to be in person - brush your hair, apply makeup if you wear any and just be ready to smile and charm, through technology.
3) Be charming
This can be tough - you want to be personable and come across as genuine and something about video technology makes it seem as though we are incapable of connecting sometimes. So keep your smile warm and genuine - attempt to make eye contact but understand this is difficult to truly achieve over video - you can look into the camera and towards the direction of your interviewer (or interviewerS if more than one). This should help make a connection across technology.
4) Follow all interview rules and tips
Make sure you are prepared, make sure you ask questions and if in doubt of what this means, check out my other blog posts under the category interview tips.
What do you think about my quick tips for media training? Are you ready for your video based interviews? Let me know in the comments below. Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen