Virtual media interviews have risen since the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, the country is moving towards re-opening the economy but, some organizations and media outlets are adhering to safety protocol and are continuing to communicate virtually. They also realize that face-to-face interviews are not always necessary.
Securing a virtual media interview is great however nailing it is another animal. With virtual interviews becoming increasingly common, there are specific things to know.
IMAGE IS EVERYTHING
The pandemic has gotten us unusually comfortable at home. The trend is to only dress from the waist up but, that does not mean your favorite pajama top should be your choice. Image is everything, especially if you are a newbie trying to make a name for yourself and your business. Look the part. Go with a comfortable- professional look or a neat v-neck T, and avoid wearing white, busy patterns for shirts with logos.
PREPARE YOUR INTERVIEW SPACE
Wherever you choose to do the interview, make sure your background is neat and appropriate. If you are interviewing from home, choose a quiet space with good lighting and a neutral background. The last thing you want is your background to be more appealing than you.
Some people make the mistake of taking the interview from their bed. Bed interviews scream unprofessional, and it is too much information for the audience.
Also, do not allow pets, roommates, or family members in the room during the interview. And by all means, turn off your cell phone and computer notifications.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO PLATFORM
You can never be too prepared. Download the interview link, and make sure your version of Safari, Chrome, or Firefox supports the software platform. Days before the interview, check out the assigned interview platform. Zoom, StreamYard, and Skype are popular choices. If you need to download or install anything, do it in advance.
DO NOT DISTURB
To ensure there are no interruptions, make sure you alert everyone in the house, and as a backup, hang a “Do not disturb” sign on your door. If your parents, roommate, or spouse bursts into the room or calls your name, it can be a disaster, especially during a live interview. It screams unprofessional.
LIGHT IT UP!
To create a visually pleasing setup, lighting facing you is best. Using a ring light will instantly improve your video calls, vlog, Zoom meetings, and virtual interviews. If you want a bright, clear, and crisp look, keep the light about two feet in front of you.
If you do not have a ring light and the interview is in the day, sit facing a window. If you do not have a window or if the interview is in the evening, use a desk lamp and place it directly behind your laptop.