How Does a Virtual Interview Differ From One in Person?

Video interviews are a lot different than talking to a prospective employer face-to-face. Learn tricks that will make your virtual interview successful here!

James WernerJames Werner
Vice President of Higher Education
DecisionDesk
The biggest difference between an in-person and a video interview is that the video interviewee doesn't necessarily have the opportunity to judge the responses and attitudes of the interviewer. In person, we tend to adjust our behavior according to the verbal and (more importantly) non-verbal cues that we receive from the person with whom we are speaking. As a result, the video interviewee needs to "universalize" their presentation in order to appeal to the broadest range of viewers. Small and limited gestures, a measured cadence, and an even tone of voice are all important, as is the avoidance of controversial topics. Although it may feel unnatural, you must regard the camera lens as the eyes of the interviewer and not look at yourself or the other person the whole time. By looking squarely into the camera, you'll appear to be looking into the eyes of the interviewer.

Learn more about virtual interviews with our advice on How to Navigate and Excel at a Job Interview on Zoom.

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