With video interviews becoming more and more standard as a result of COVID, if you haven’t sought a new role since before the pandemic, you might not be as confident with this format.
If you’ve secured your first teaching interview that has been scheduled via Zoom, Skype, Teams or any other video calling platform, at World Class Teachers, our London teaching recruitment agency have put together a few top tips to help you ace your video interview.
Find the Best Location
When deciding on the best set-up for your laptop or computer, you should consider things such as your background and lighting.
You want your interviewer to be able to see you properly, so positioning yourself in front of a window with lots of natural light is a great way to achieve a clear image.
Next is to think about your background. It is best to keep it as plain as possible, making sure you remove anything you wouldn’t want to be seen from the shot! And try to avoid interviewing from your bedroom, as this can be off-putting for employers in any sector, particularly teaching.
Test Your Equipment
Before your interview, take time to make sure you not only have all of the right equipment but that everything is working properly.
It can be rather embarrassing if when it comes to your teaching interview and your microphone isn’t working, so the panel can’t hear you.
Not only will this put the interview on pause and cause you to feel flustered, but it will also indicate to your interviewers that you are not well prepared.
Although you will be interviewing from the comfort of your own home, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look the part.
Not only will it put you in an interview mindset, but it will also prove to your potential new employees and colleagues that you value being well presented and are serious about your possible new teaching opportunity.
Maintain Good Eye Contact
This is a good top tip for any interview, but it can be more difficult to do through video than face to face. Maintaining good eye contact is a great way to evoke confidence, even if you are feeling slightly nervous.
Try not to gaze around the room during your interview, particularly when the interviewer is talking to you to show you are focused and listening.
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