At most companies, face-to-face meetings are preferred. But as technology gets more sophisticated, more and more people are working remotely, and that means video conference meetings are becoming increasingly popular. Even more nerve-wracking? The video conference interview. It should be common sense that you don’t want to take a video call in your pajamas, but there are some tips for video conference professionalism that a lot of people don’t know or haven’t heard of. If you want to look best on that video call, heed this advice.
Use Good Lighting
As long as you’re in a well-lit room, lighting doesn’t have to be your main priority, but using the right light source can make you look a lot better and more awake. Overhead lighting will give you shadows under your eyes, for example, while soft light sources from behind your webcam – one on each side – will make you look bright and fresh. Better yet, sit facing an open window. You might not need to go this extra mile on a quick chat with your team, but for interviews, it just might help.
Get the Angle
Some laptop webcams are angled too low, meaning they’re pointing right up your nose. That’s not very flattering. If need be, prop your computer up with some books to make sure that the lens of the webcam is right at your eye level.
Dress to Impress
Just because the webcam only views you from the shoulders up doesn’t mean you can stay in your pajama pants. You never know if you’ll have to stand up, so dressing in full-on business casual is the way to go. Plus, studies have shown that when you are dressed better, you feel better. If you usually wear makeup, now would be a good time to do so, and of course, also make sure your hair is in order.
Notice your Backdrop
Before you start the call, open up your webcam to see what will be behind you. Naturally, you don’t want anything inappropriate visible in the background, and you also don’t want to show everyone how messy your home office is. Straighten up or make sure the background is a plain wall to avoid being distracting.
Take Care of Distractions
Put the dog in the crate, ask your roommate not to microwave anything, close the window – do what you need to do so that nothing is going to interrupt you during your video conference. You should show the same respect that you would if you were in the room and silence your phone as well.