Video interview: tips and tricks

Formulate objectively. Talking emotionally.

In personal encounters, we listen, look at something and then continue to listen. This divides the information so that it can be absorbed. If we are only offered information, we are quickly overwhelmed. This is especially true with visual media. Therefore, one should never speak quickly, form long sentences and not include too much information.

The easiest way to achieve this is to have a dialogue and avoid any monologue. Also, the screen medium demands that one speak clearly. But avoid sounding artificial.

There is a handicap in speaking clearly. It goes badly with filler words. That ranges from “uh” to the repeated “so”. The “uhs” vehemently stifle the flow of speech and come more and more to the fore. You avoid these weak points if you know beforehand what you want to say. With the unnecessary filler words, you have no choice but to train them off.

Monotonous speaking is always boring. But when you are offered nothing other than a monotonous speaker, you quickly drift into nirvana. A screen speaker must therefore speak more accentuated than you normally do.

What increases boredom is that many are emotionally inhibited in front of the screen. Who tells their screen with a lot of emotion that they are passionate about cooking. But to create a positive impression of yourself, you need feelings.

Before starting the conversation, imagine that the person you are speaking to is sitting across from you, and you are speaking to him through the screen. You have to practice that. The following technique helps: In this case, the easiest way to overcome your inhibitions is to tell something to your (screen) counterpart with a lot of feeling and then lower it to a suitable level.

Distance is good for you. Even on the screen.

What are you showing about yourself on the screen? I don’t just mean clothes. Everyone knows that the home feel-good dress or the three-piece business suit are usually not the right outfit and that a well-groomed appearance is a matter of course.

In addition, there is the question: How much body does your counterpart get to see? Only the head and neck usually seem a bit too penetrating, and you keep a distance. If you also show your chest, that’s much better, but when the hands suddenly appear out of nowhere, it is irritating. Likewise, your picture shouldn’t end just above your eyebrows.

As a rule of thumb, sit down so that the lower edge of the image begins at the level of your solar plexus and the upper edge of the image ends a little above your hair. This means that the person you are talking to gets to see so much that they can get an impression of you as a person.
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Avoid getting too close to the screen with your body.

In a face-to-face interview, it is appropriate if your interest in the job is accompanied by an accommodating movement. On the screen you get the impression that my counterpart is getting on my skin.

And finally: you should also use your arms and hands when talking in front of the screen. But slower.

If the waving gets too much in everyday life, you automatically look elsewhere. But screens have a magical effect. They cast a spell over you.

Conclusion: Check your own performance. Before.

In order to adapt to the special features of this magical medium, only four things help: Practice, record yourself and then look at yourself (I know how embarrassing that is sometimes) and Skype with others regularly and get feedback.