An interview is your best chance to show that not only are you qualified for the position but that you’re the best person for the job.
Having a strong resume is important, but if you really want to impress your interviewers and leave a lasting impression you need to project confidence during your interview.
It’s perfectly natural to be a little anxious about an interview but a little preparation will go a long way in calming your nerves.
Setting up your equipment ahead of time and having some idea what to expect from a video call can make all the difference.
Nonverbal communication is important as well, so think about how you’re going to carry yourself during the interview to make the best impression.
Here are 7 simple tips to look confident in your remote interview:
1. Double-Check Your Setup
You’ll feel much more confident going into your interview if you’re not worried about your equipment malfunctioning.
Set up your webcam and microphone then do a couple of test calls to make sure everything is clearly visible and audible.
Take another look from your interviewer’s perspective and make sure your background is simple and free from clutter.
2. Choose the Perfect Outfit
When you look good, you feel good, so choose an outfit that boosts your confidence. Just because you’re not walking into an office, however, doesn’t mean you don’t need to dress professionally.
Pick out your outfit ahead of time and make sure everything is cleaned, pressed, and ready to go.
Don’t be tempted to just dress from the waist up, either – you don’t want to embarrass yourself if you have to get up during the interview.
3. Show Up on Time
You won’t have to factor traffic into your morning commute, but you should still be prepared with enough time to sit down at your computer 10 to 15 minutes early. This is the perfect time to do one last test call and make any adjustments to your equipment.
Run through your notes so key facts will be fresh in your mind and have a copy of your resume and recommendations handy for reference.
4. Create the Illusion of Eye Contact
Eye contact in any human interaction is a sign of confidence. Though you won’t actually be able to look your interviewer in the eye, you can create the illusion by looking directly into your webcam.
It’s best to position your webcam directly above the center of your computer monitor so you can see your interviewers’ video feed at the same time.
If you’re worried you’ll forget, place a post-it note directly below the camera with an arrow pointing up as a reminder.
5. Be Aware of Body Language
Maintaining eye contact is important to establish a connection with your interviewer, but the wrong body language could bring you down. Sit upright so you look alert and engaged.
Position your chair so your fills most of the video screen and sit with your arms at your side, not crossed in front of you. If you sit too far back or collapse in on yourself, you won’t project an image of confidence.
It’s okay to talk with your hands to show a little enthusiasm but try not to fidget when your interviewer is speaking.
6. Be Friendly and Engaged
When you’re sitting in a room with your interviewers, distractions are limited.
In a remote interview, however, you’ll most likely be interviewing from home and it can be tough to not only stay focused but to project energy without coming across as nervous.
Be mindful of your facial expressions and try to smile so you appear friendly. If it feels too awkward, keep your expression neutral but maintain eye contact with the camera and nod to show that you’re paying attention.
7. Speak Slowly and Clearly
In a remote interview, you may need to speak more slowly than you would in person. If you speak too quickly or you start to mumble, your interviewer may need to ask you to repeat yourself. This can be a blow to your confidence, not to mention your first impression.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a moment to think if you need it – a few seconds of silence is better than two minutes of unfocused rambling.
The illusion of confidence is a powerful thing. If you take the time to prepare and you present yourself well during a remote interview, your interviewers won’t even notice your nerves. (You may also want to read how to stay calm during an interview.)
At the end of the interview, they’ll have a clear picture of who you are and why you’re a good fit for the position.
Follow these tips to ensure that your interviewers remember you as a confident and qualified applicant.