Not everyone has the kind of innate confidence that turns heads. For people who struggle with self-confidence, or who are shy or unsure of what to expect in new social situations, interviewing for jobs can be very stressful. Managing first impressions is incredibly difficult, and in spite of our best intentions, sometimes we flub them. But don't worry-- first impressions aren't everything. Even if you don't have superstar confidence, you can still prepare well and ace your video job interview. Here's how.
Do research on the company, the industry, and know the job description inside and out. Before you interview, ask who you'll be interviewing with, and go over their LinkedIn profiles with a fine-toothed comb. Interviewers judge candidates on first impression, answer quality, and question quality. While you may not be great with first impressions, knowing your material inside and out is a great way to make sure you impress your interviewers with the best questions and answers possible.
Write It Down
Take a few minutes to write an exhaustive list of your strengths and weaknesses. If you can, get outside input on this for example, ask an old boss or someone who knows you well for help. For each strength you write down, come up with one or two actual accomplishments you can use to showcase that strength. For each weakness, describe how you converted it into a learning experience, or how you deal with it on a daily basis.
In the interview, ask about the major performance expectations for the job. Give examples of your biggest accomplishments to show you're a great candidate, and be ready to draw parallels between the work you've already done and the work you want to do for this company.
As the interview ends, make sure you ask about the next steps moving forward. If the interviewer is vague, you probably won't get a call back-- and you have nothing to lose by asking if there is something missing in your background or skill set that the job requires.
Whether you're responding to a digital interview or you're talking to your interviewer face-to-face, show that you're interview savvy by being prepared and asking insightful, business-oriented questions. Preventing what can go wrong is a great way to ensure things go right.