3 Strategies for Successful Online Meetings/Interviews: Showing Your Professionalism on Camera

February 5, 2024


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This article will tell you how to prepare for online meetings or interviews, including software testing, attire, background, ambient noise, and more, to make yourself appear more professional.

Online meetings and online interviews have become more popular than ever.

Since COVID-19, many teams have been turning to online meeting software for meetings and interviews. Mastering the skill of presenting yourself professionally on camera can significantly improve first impressions and enhance interview success.

Software Testing: Don't Lose the Battle Before It Starts. A Backup Plan Helps Peace Your Mind

Each company has its preferred online meeting software, so you should carry out these 3 checks in advance.

  1. Download the specified online meeting software: Don't wait until just before the meeting to realize the other party requires specific software.
  2. Update to the latest version: Always make sure your software has been updated. Also, it's wise to have the required online meeting software installed on both your phone and computer as a backup.
  3. Have an alternative connection plan: Options like Google Meet, which doesn't need a prior login or even a phone number, are ideal choices.

Being well-prepared can show the other party that you are well-prepared and will help ease your anxiety before the meeting or interview.

Clothing and Visual Preparation: The Art of Displaying "Professionalism" on Camera

Research shows that first impressions are formed within the first 45 seconds of meeting someone. The moment you turn on your camera, you're being evaluated. The following 3 preparations can boost your impression score:

  1. Collared shirts are better than collarless, and sleeved tops are preferable to sleeveless. These choices enhance your professional image. If your wardrobe lacks this type of 'work uniform,' investing time in finding one is a good idea, as it will save you the hassle of deciding what to wear before meetings.
  2. A clean background is crucial; avoid showing your bed and wardrobe. Even if others know you are working from home, having a bed and wardrobe in the frame can create a 'homely' feel, which should be avoided.
  3. Maintain some distance from the camera. It's best to show your hand gestures during conversation: According to research, 55% of communication is non-verbal. Keeping a distance from the camera and allowing your hand movements to be seen can help express your message precisely.

Furthermore, You can rehearse with trusted friends before the meeting or interview and record it, allowing you to identify any blind spots and optimize your on-camera image.

Avoid Noise for Smooth Communication

Once the meeting or interview kicks off, unexpected noises can mess up the communication quality and others' first impressions of you. The following 3 tips can help prevent noise interruption.

  1. Mute your phone and turn off app notifications: During the meeting, app notifications or personal messages can mess up the conversation quickly, which should be avoided.
  2. Use earphones: This ensures that both parties can hear each other clearly.
  3. Keep family and pets away from disturbing: Pick a quiet room, close the door, and inform your family in advance to avoid unexpected interruptions. This helps your online session run smoothly and leaves a positive impression.

Building trust in the workplace starts with these small details. As mutual trust grows, future collaboration becomes smoother!


This article is reprinted from:Farry Harticle

(This article is translated by the Digital Nomad editor group.)

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