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It’s not so much what you say, it’s how you say it
The second you join that video interview, they are analyzing everything they see and hear, subconsciously and consciously. How you look, how you talk, your eye contact, your handshake. Well, perhaps not that last one.
This triggers them as to whether or not you are competent or incompetent, whether you can do a good job, whether you will fit in with the team. Getting this right is as important, if not more important, than matching the correct words on a resume, or having the right skills, or saying the right things in an interview.
The pros know what combination of body language and vocal language will make them look the most competent for the job.
Some call these Competence Triggers
Competence triggers make people either think of you as competent or incompetent, in this case to do a good job, or fit in with a team.
This is why your first impression is so important. You have to treat your video interview like you first impression – like you were physically walking through the door meeting these people.
In this chapter, I’m going to cover competence triggers – on camera. How can you feel and look more confident on camera.
I’ll answer questions like:
- What should I wear?
- How much eye contact should I give the camera?
- How can I appear confident, even though I feel awkward on video?
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a reality TV star to look and feel good on video. It just takes knowledge and practice of what body language and vocal queues convey confidence.
We all start off thinking we look awkward on video
Face it, we all start off thinking we look awkward on video. There are several reasons for this.
First, as you go through life you typically see your own face in a mirror (bathrooms, bedrooms, reflections). Therefore, you’re very used to seeing your mirrored image.
Although when you see your face on video, you’re seeing a non-mirrored image of yourself, which you may not be used to seeing. The same is true when you hear your voice on video. You may not be used to hearing your recorded voice, so when you do it sounds unnatural.
You also might think your posture and gestures look weird on video for a similar reason. That’s because your movement and posture is something you feel, but rarely see yourself doing.
Your posture reflects how you feel and conveys many nonverbal signals. So when you see yourself looking confused or flustered on video, you can no longer feel confident about yourself.
That’s why I recommend that you don’t look at your own recorded image while in a video interview. It can severely mess up your train of thought and ruin your confidence.
But it’s important to remember that the way you feel in your body and the way you feel in your head are linked. Just as your body language on video makes you feel a certain way, you can also use body language to make yourself feel more confident on camera.
Therefore, you’re not naturally going to feel confident in front of the camera. But that’s ok! Even people on TV that appear completely confident can be a nervous wreck. Therefore, even if you feel awkward inside it is possible to appear confident to your interviewer on the outside.
That’s what this chapter is going to teach you how to do.
Why Competence Triggers Will Make You Feel and Look More Confident.
This chapter is going to help you feel and look more confident on camera. But before you start reading – don’t be a perfectionist. Everyone is their own worst critic.
Know that there’s a point where that’s just how you look and that’s just how you sound. On video or in real life, that’s just you. So don’t be a perfectionist. Take what you learn here, practice it, and improve.
The more you know what to practice, the more you can and will look better in video interviews.
So first, why is this so important? What does looking and feeling more confident on video do for you? What does it do for them?
Being confident on camera will allow you to control your first impression. It will allow you to add energy on camera so you’re perceived positively. It will make you look and sound natural, grounded and composed before your audience.
And once you get better at your competence triggers, you will increase your ability to think, to form clearer thoughts, and to express them concisely.
This is important so that you can catch your viewer’s attention and keep it, to sound more pleasing to your listener’s ears, and make them believe you’re a good fit for the position.
You will better be able to communicate to them that you can do the job and you can do it well, without talking about your skills and experience.
5 Body Language Competence Triggers
Giving someone eye contact is important when you’re speaking and when you’re listening. But it can be very challenging for some people. I get it. Being an introvert myself, it was really hard for me to make consistent eye contact at first. Know that eye contact is a skill that you can practice and improve.
But why is eye contact so important? Why should you maintain eye contact in your video interview?
Why Eye Contact is Important
- “I’m Listening”
When you’re listening, it tells the other person that you are in fact listening. No one wants to talk to someone and feel like they’re distracted. You might be listening, but eye contact proves that you are.
- “I’m Confident”
When you’re listening, eye contact also tells the other person that your confident enough to focus on them as they speak.
Whether you’re listening or talking, constantly looking away can make you appear less confident, more insecure and more timid.
- “I Respect You”
When you’re talking to someone, eye contact tells the person that you respect them. If you’re ever talking to a handful of people, only giving eye contact to one person will make the other people think that you don’t respect them. You want to give everyone in the conversation at least a little eye contact to show everyone respect.
How To Maintain Eye Contact On Camera
Alright, so now that you know the importance of eye contact, naturally you can understand that when you’re in-front of a camera you need to look directly at it.
That’s true for a two-way Skype interview or for a one-way video interview. You need to look at the camera I would say 90% or more of the time.
Not 100% though, you don’t want to stare the camera down. Actually, looking away from the camera occasionally makes you seem more authentic. And if you do look away, look to the side or down, never up so that it doesn’t look like your rolling your eyes.
You might have seen some video interview examples out there where the person is looking slightly off camera, like they were talking to a person interviewing them in the room. While that may seem more attractive to you, don’t do it. Would you do that in a live interview? No.
Looking off camera the whole video will NEVER make you look confident and respectful. The secret is, it takes practice to looking directly at the camera, not breaking eye-contact, and still being able to think and speak. It’s a skill.
2 Ways to Get Better At Eye Contact
Here are two tricks you can use to get better at maintaining eye contact with the camera and with articulating your thoughts while doing so.
1. Practice With A Casual Conversation
Call up a good friend or someone you know really well – someone you are very comfortable talking to – and have a conversation with them while trying to maintain eye contact with the camera. I’m not saying to FaceTime them – no video calls. Put your phone on speaker-mode or even up against your ear and try to keep eye contact with the camera the whole time. Use the camera you’ll be using for your videos, whether that is your laptop, your smartphone, or a Digital Camera.
So what should you talk about? Start off having a normal conversation. Talk about the plans for the upcoming weekend or something funny that happened to you recently. Whatever you talk about, the point is to start off with an easy, stress-free conversation. This will help you practice maintaining eye contact with the camera and articulate your thoughts while doing so.
Once you feel comfortable, you can transition topics that are geared more towards your video interview.
2. The Triangle Method
The Triangle Method is a trick you can use during your video interviews to help you maintain eye contact with the camera. The Triangle Method is best explained in the scenario where you are talking to an actual person. It’s common when making eye contact with someone to only look at one of their eyes. Locking in on just one eye can be very difficult, just like locking in on the lens of the camera.
Therefore, the Triangle Method alleviates this difficulty by having you constantly switch between looking at the person’s left eye, their right eye, and their nose. Doing so will alleviate your urge to look away, which you can easily do when you’re only looking at one eye.
The beauty of this trick is that if you’re standing far enough away from the person (or the camera), they will never know you’re switching between eyes and their nose. And the further away you are, the further away from their eyes you can look and still have them think you’re maintaining eye contact.
So how can you use this technique in your video interviews? Well, since the camera lens is a tiny small dot, you can craft a small triangle out of paper and tape it around the lens. Then you can switch between looking at the different points on the triangle, which can be a lot easier than looking solely at the lens. Your interviewer won’t know you’re looking at different points on the triangle, but will see you as maintaining eye contact with the camera. Try it and record yourself to see for yourself.
Why You Should Always Use Hand Gestures in Your Video Interviews
Research reveals that using hand gestures while talking increases the value of your message by 60%. What???
That means hand gestures will help your interviewer listen to you and absorb what you’re telling them.
Furthermore, research reveals that gesturing while talking increases a person’s ability to think, form clearer thoughts, and speak more succinctly, which are important factors to being perceived positively.
Hand gestures also help others understand, not only what you are trying to say, but how you feel about the subject, too.
People who use their hands when talking are much more likely to be viewed as warm, agreeable and energetic.
Therefore, using hand gestures will help you look natural and add energy to your video interviews.
On the other hand (pun intended), hiding your hands makes viewers subconsciously think of you as untrustworthy.
This is why I recommend you show yourself waist-up in your camera frame. I cover in detail how to set-up your frame in Chapter 3) Setting Up Your Video Interview Location and Equipment: How to Look Really Good On Camera
Many people will veer towards the shoulder up look because it’s more comfortable. But that is going to erase all the benefits that communicating with your hands brings.
4 Tips On Using Your Hands Appropriately
The following are 4 general tips for using hand gestures that you should follow before worrying about what hand gestures you should use for a specific part of your message.
1. Plan it out
Just like you should plan out what your video interview responses will be, you should also think about what hand gestures to use that will help you convey your message. Research has proven that some of the best Ted Talk presenters plan out hand gestures for their most important points in their speech. Like them, think about the most important things you need to say in your video interview, and how you might use hand gestures to convey those points.
2. The smoother the better
Jerky and robotic hand gestures are distracting, especially on video. Practice speaking with your hands until it feels and looks smooth and natural.
3. Avoid always using two hands
Vary up your gestures by sometimes using only one hand instead of two.
4. Avoid using the same gestures over and over
When you get repetitive in your hand movements it can sometimes look awkward and distracting to your interviewer. It’s common to not realize you’re being repetitive in a live interview because you’re so focused on speaking and listening. Therefore, it’s important to film yourself and practice ahead of time tp catch repetitive motion.
6 Hand Gestures You Can Use In Your Video Interview
I’m not going to go into every hand gesture you can use because there are hundreds of them. But here are 6 common ones you can use in your interview and where they may be most appropriate.
1. Neutral Position
A neutral position isn’t a hand gesture, rather it’s where you should keep your hands if you’re not gesturing. Everyone is comfortable with different neutral positions. For your video interview, keep your hands resting by your sides or on the arms of your chair as your default neutral position. This is where your hands should default back to if you don’t know what hand gestures to use. A lot of people think that crossing your arms, folding your hands or covering your crotch is an ok neutral position. Although you could come across as angry, uninterested, or bring attention to your crotch – something you don’t want to do in a video interview!
The easiest and most basic hand gesture is a numerical gesture. Any time you say a number, perform the corresponding gesture. This makes your number easier to remember for the listener, adds movement and warmth to your body language and serves as a nonverbal anchor in the conversation. If you’re making three points, then you can count them out using your hands…1,2,3. This will help the interviewer focus in on what you’re saying and provide a foreseeable end to your interview answer.
Any time you’re talking about yourself, bringing your hands in towards your heart or chest will help communicate that what you’re saying is about you. A great way to use this hand gesture in a video interview is when you’re talking about a feature you have, for example one of your skills, achievements, or relevant experiences.
Any time you gesture into someone else’s space or personal area, you tie them to your words. I like to do this with the open hand or palm like in the picture below. Pointing is very aggressive. You can use the “You” gesture to make someone feel included or highlight that something you are talking about applies to the person you are speaking with. It’s also a great attention grabber if someone’s mind is wandering.
A great way to use this hand gesture in a video interview is when you’re talking about a benefit you will bring the company. Pairing this with the ‘Me’ gesture can be powerful when you first mention a feature you have (‘me’ gesture), then talk about how it will benefit the company (‘you’ gesture).
5. Covering your heart
Any time you cover your heart with one hand, it increases others’ perception of honesty.
A great way to use this hand gesture in a video interview is when you’re delivering your Empathetic STARLESS story. Chapter 5) The STARLESS Technique: How to Make Them Trust, Like, and Connect With You Over Video
Whenever you move your hand or gesture upward, you indicate some kind of growth or increase. This can be used to indicate the expected growth, excitement or direction of where something is headed.
A great way to use this hand gesture in a video interview is when you’re referring to how you could grow the company’s in some way, or how you learned something from a past experience.
Alright. You already know that smiling is important. It tells others your approachable, that you can be trusted, and that you’re confident.
It’s easy to remember to smile when you walk in the door, shake their hands for the first time, and make your first impression.
But knee-deep in a video interview you can be laser focused on answering their questions that you forget to smile. And by looking too serious or nervous, you will lose the benefits of increased confidence and trust that smiling expresses.
So when in your interview is it most important to smile? There aren’t any hard-and-fast rules here, but if you only remember to smile in the 6 moments I’ll cover, you’ll reap the benefits of smiling.
1. The first 7 seconds
Smiling during your first impression is of the utmost importance. Therefore, you need to smile for a large portion of the first 7 seconds for each person you meet – even as you greet them.
2. Talking about a commonality
Smile when you talk about something you have in common with your interviewer. Maybe you discovered that you both like old cars, yoga, or fishing. Whatever it is, finding a commonality between you and the other person can greatly improve your connection – increasing trust and bonding.
Smiling during those moments can enhance their feeling of trust and bonding, as it says to the other person that you enjoy the commonality, but also that you enjoy connecting with them.
3. Talking about a mistake
If you’re ever asked, “Tell me about a mistake you’ve made in the past, and how you solved it”, then get ready to smile. WHAT? That’s right.
So often we are uncomfortable bringing up past failures that we tend to get too serious looking when were asked about them. Although, smiling whenever you’re talking about a past failure can make you appear confident in your ability to overcome future failures – that you’ve already learned from this past failure – so much that the past failure has become a good memory of your growth.
4. In a Laughter STARLESS story
You want to smile when you’re telling a Laughter STARLESS story. Laugh even. This is common sense I hope. You’re trying to be funny. You’re trying to get them to laugh, so smile and maybe laugh a little after the punch line so they pick up that you’re trying to be funny.
Video interviews don’t have to be so serious, and so smiling or laughing when you’re trying to add a little humor gives them that extra body language signal that you’re trying to break that seriousness.
5. When asked, “Why do you want to work here”
Also, smile when you’re answering questions that relate to why you want to work at the company, “Why do you want to work here?”. Smile even before you start answering the question even. This makes your answer even more believable. If you actually have pleasant thoughts about working at this company, then communicate that with a smile – it’s going to make you look that much more trustworthy.
6. The last thing they see
Leave with a smile on your face. When you’re thanking them in a two-way video interview, or ending your response in a one-way video interview, you should have a smile as the last impression.
Those are 6 situations in an interview when you should smile. Of course there are others. But these situations are very common. They will likely come up in your video interview. So remember just these moments to ensure you appear more approachable, trustworthy, and confident.
Last thoughts here, be sure to smile in your phone interviews as well as your video interviews. Smiling affects not just how we look but how we speak. So much so that those listening to you can actually hear the tone difference when you smile.
Finally, a word of caution. Understand that smiling too much can actually hurt you in a video interview because you can come off as not serious enough or not confident enough. Therefore, use your judgement to not over smile.
How You Sit
How you sit in a video interview is so important to looking professional and competent. Remember that they are analyzing everything about you, body language included. So here’s how you should remain seated in a video interview.
Sit up straight with your chest out, shoulders dropped and not leaning too forward or backward. If your chair has a lever to stop it from rocking back, then use it so you don’t have to use your legs to keep you from rocking back.
This is hard for a lot of people. I get it. Because that’s just not naturally how we sit. We lean forward with elbows on our desk, we lean our weight over to one side and rest on one arm of the chair. We rock back in our chair. We do all that because its comfortable. I do the same thing.
But in a video interview it’s the worst thing you could do because it makes you look unprofessional, incompetent, and not as convincing.
Save all those comfy positions for when you get the job, because they’re not going to care at that point. Come into the video interview expecting that you’re on stage, that they’re analyzing everything about you, and it’s time to leave comfort at the door and maintain good posture the entire time.
Now, I already talked about using hand gestures, and you should still do that if you are comfortable with it to increase the value of your message. But whatever you do with your hands, keep a default neutral position with your posture, and always default back to leaving your arms and hands at your sides, resting on the arms of the chair.
Now, when you’re on video, it’s important to not sway forwards or backwards or left to right relative to the camera frame. You want to always stay within the same location of the frame of the camera. This is less distracting to your interviewer and keeps them focused on what you’re saying, rather than your movement. The same is true whether you’re standing or sitting.
How you Dress
There are a lot of opinions out there about how you should dress, but there are certain do’s and don’ts about how you should dress to look good on camera.
In order to make a great impression through video, it’s critical for you to dress in a manner that is not distracting. Patterned clothing can create annoying blur effects on video.
Therefore, refrain from wearing bold stripes, polka dots, and other busy patterns. Instead, choose solid colors and muted patterns when on camera.
Certain colors should be avoided as well, such as neons and other bright colors.
Wearing all white can also be too visually overwhelming and “blind” the viewer.
Also, don’t wear all black, even though black is slimming because the camera will boost the contrast. Neutral tones like grays or light pastels won’t do this.
If you want examples, Google images for “What News Anchors wear”, and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. That’s because news-casters know what looks good on camera and what looks distracting.
Of course these are general rules and rules can be broken. Whatever you’re thinking of wearing, see how it looks on video first.
Always, always dress up more than you typically would on a normal day in the office. Always. I don’t care if everyone interviewing you has golf shirts on. I don’t care if your work environment allows shorts and t-shirts, and its culturally acceptable for you to dress that way.
Similar to what I said when talking about how you should sit, remember that you’re being analyzed for competency on every level in your video interview. So save the more casual wear for when you get the job. Copy the look of your company’s culture once you’re a part of that company. But while you’re still interviewing, dress like your a lawyer going to court.
Men, I would recommend that you always wear a suit and tie if you have one. The jacket isn’t as necessary, but the tie is absolutely necessary.
Women, keep jewelry to a minimum, like large necklaces and big earrings which can be distracting on camera.
If you have hair that typically gets in your face, try to tie it up somehow so you’re not constantly flinging your hair back or using your hand to put it back in place. That’s going to be distracting to your interviewer.
Follow these recommendations so what you wear doesn’t affect you’re look on video, and so you’re viewed as a competent candidate.
3 Auditory Competence Triggers
Modulating Your Voice
Why You Should Modulate Your Voice In A Video Interview
Modulating your voice is when you vary the speed, tempo and volume of how you pronounce words.
By practicing modulation, you can better keep your audience’s attention and keep them engaged in what you’re saying.
No one wants to listen to a robot talk, especially in a video interview.
I talked about how important it was to modulate your voice when telling your STARLESS stories. That’s because you need to have your audience’s attention locked down in order to make them feel what you want them to feel. But modulation is equally important throughout the entire video interview as it tells them you’re a competent communicator.
You already modulate your voice in every day speech. You do it when you change pitch, like when your voice goes up at the end of a question. Sometimes you do it to express sarcasm, and other times you modulate your voice to put emphasis on certain words.
Without voice modulation you would continuously speak in a single pitch or tone. You would not be able to express doubt or ask questions and you certainly couldn’t crack a joke.
The problem is that when most people go into a video interview, stage fright causes their effortless, natural speaking rhythms to fly right out the window. Their voice becomes strained, and they might stumble over their words. The good news is that these issues can be trained away by practicing.
A monotone presenter will send viewers off to sleep. The simplest way to catch viewers’ attention (and keep it!) is to modulate your speed and volume.
4 Tips On Modulating Your Voice
1. Slow it Down
When you’re in an interview it’s common to be nervous. And when you’re nervous, you may tend to speed up without even knowing it. Before you know it, you’re fumbling over your words and your sounding frantic. Talking slower actually commands more attention from people and allows them to absorb every word. If you’ve ever heard how Presidents of the United States talk, they always talk very very slowly. And that’s because the they know people will listen to every word without interruption, so they don’t stumble, and so that people understand everything they say.
Therefore, practice slowing everything you say down if your nervous. What you think is too slow will most likely be a perfect pace for the person listening.
2. Slow it Down Even More For Important Points
Slow down even more to emphasize your most important points in your video interview. And when I mean slow down, I mean sloooow down. It should be slower than your normal tempo.
3. Speed Up For Less Important Points
If you’re covering a less important fact or part of your message, then don’t draw it out. Speed up your speech in order to get to the main points you’re trying to convey.
4. Don’t End On A High Note
Don’t end your sentences on a high note. End them on a low note. Uptalk is defined as using a rising intonation in the final syllable of your sentence, and it makes you sound insecure.
Taking Deep Breaths
Now that you know to modulate our voice, what’s going to help you do that and allow you to speak in even tones is by taking deep breaths.
A lot of people tend to collapse their diaphragm when they’re nervous, which strains their voices and makes them lose their breath easily. The last thing you want is to run out of breath mid-sentence, breaking your tone, and looking unsettled and incompetent.
So, when they’re asking you the next interview question, you should be taking a deep breath to start your answer off strong. Then when your mid-answer, you should always be monitoring how much breath you have left. Don’t let yourself start a new sentence without being confident you can modulate your voice the whole way through. Take another deep breath and start off strong again.
This is especially important in the beginning of your video interview when you’re more nervous. After you get further in and you get more comfortable, your heart rate will drop and you will be able to control your breathing a lot easier.
You want to sound pleasing to your listeners ears, just like a singer wants every part of their song to be on key. They do that by taking deep breaths at strategic parts of their songs to give them the greatest control throughout the song.
One last point is to take deep breaths especially before you join the video conference meeting to start your video interview. Doing that will reduce your stress, help you relax, and expand your diaphragm for when you do start talking. All things that will help you start off strong, sounding clear and pleasing to your listeners ears.
Removing Weak Language
Let’s break away from how to sound vocally, and focus on what words to use and what words to not use in a video interview.
My goal here is to make you aware of weak language in your vocabulary. Weak language is any word that doesn’t add value to your message. These words will dilute and undermine what your saying – not something you want in a video interview.
You want to reflect confidence and sound convincing to others. So you need to be mindful about what words you use.
There are 4 categories of weak language that I’m going to cover: Fillers, Hedges, Conjunctions, and Tags.
Fillers are words or sounds that we use to protect us from the discomfort of silence. We use them when we don’t know what to say next. When we’re trying to think they pop out of our mouths to fill the gap. Words like:
- Kind of…
Those are all fillers.
Instead, practice thinking before you speak. Get comfortable with the silence between sentences. Have comfort knowing it’s making you sound more composed to let there be silence vs. filling it in.
You don’t have to worry about someone cutting you off or taking over the conversation during a video interview. You have the floor.
Hedges are combinations of words that we use to hide behind what we are really trying to say.
Here are some examples:
- In my opinion..
- The way I see it..
- I may be wrong .. but..
- I would like to..
- I just..
- I think..
- I believe..
- I feel..
Can you see the problem with them after reading them all in a row?
Hedges make you sound like your doubting your own words and lengthens your sentences unnecessarily.
For example, “I may be wrong, but, I think I’m the best person for this job.” If you say that in an interview then you should just quit the video chat program right then and there and save yourself some time. Who would hire someone who openly doubts they are the best person for job?
Instead, cut your hedges down to a minimum. “I’m the best person for this job”
Ask yourself: Does the hedge add any information? If not, leave it out.
Also replace weak words like
- “I think”
- “I believe”
- “I feel”
for stronger options such as
- “I’m confident”
- “I’m convinced”
- “I expect”
Here’s a much better way to say it, “I’m confident that I’m the best person for this job”
Here’s another example of making weak language strong:
- Weak: “I just want you to know that I have 8 years of experience in IT. I feel that I have what it takes to succeed in this position.” Do you hear the weakness? Now removing the hedges:
- Strong: “I have 8 years of experience in IT. I’m confident I have what it takes to succeed in this position.”
I hope you can see that making these simple replacements can make a huge difference in how your message is perceived and how confident you sound.
In grammar, conjunctions connect parts of speech together – typically clauses and sentences.
Although, stringing together several sentences using by, and, or but can make it hard for the listener to get your message.
If you do it too much, it can almost seem like your rambling because your sentences are going on and on and on. If you often run out of breath when speaking, this might be one of the causes.
Instead. Chop your sentences down, like pruning a tree. Speak in short sentences without the conjunction bridging them together. This will allow you to better emphasize key words and end in a falling inflection which will give you time to breath and think about your next sentence.
Practicing this will do wonders for clarity and understanding, and your interviewer will have time to digest what you’re saying.
The last category of weak language I’m going to cover is tags.
Tags are used at the end of sentences, for example:
- …, isn’t it?
- …, don’t you think?
- …, right?
- …, you see what I’m saying?
Used in a sentence, they sound like this: “I’m very qualified for this position, don’t you think?”
The problem is a tag line at the end of a sentence weakens the statement being made and the authority of the speaker. It turns your confident statement into a question or a doubt.
Tags show that you lack confidence because why would you ask for reassurance if you were confident about the statement you made?
There are also non-verbal versions of tags you should watch out for:
- Shrugging your shoulder, nervously laughing, or using a rising tone at the end of a sentence.
- Like verbal tags, they indicate doubt, submission, or a will to please others.
Tags are easy for fix. Just stop it! Just remove the tag and end your sentence on a falling inflection and with a confident smile.
I’ve now covered 4 categories of weak language. Try to think about which words YOU use and how you can remove them
Tips on Practicing Your Competence Triggers
Hands down, the best way to get better at your competence triggers is to practice…on camera or by recording your voice.
The first time will always be the worst. But with every attempt, you’re going to get better and better. If you rewind and review, then you can make incremental improvements to your body language competence triggers.
Same thing with your auditory competence triggers. Practice by recording yourself talk and listening to how you sound.
Also pay attention to how you FEEL when you hear yourself talk. Do you feel positive or negative? Pleasant or irritated? Energizing or sleep-inducing? There may be a high chance that most people feel the same way when they hear your voice.
Then re-record yourself while focusing on the appropriate corrections. Can you adjust the general tonality to something more pleasing and stick to that? Does focusing on breathing help? Can you eliminate weak language or replace it with words that will make you sound more confident?
Don’t stress too much about the being a perfectionist here, just get better than you were. A small improvement can go a long way.
The most important thing you should take away from this chapter is to go into your video interview KNOWING you are the best person for the job. In fact, I want you to actually say that to yourself 3 times before each interview.
“I’m the best person for this job”
“I’m the best person for this job”
“I’m the best person for this job”
Give them the impression that you are 100 percent sure of yourself.
Continue to Chapter 7: The Ultimate Guide to Video Interviews: Final Thoughts, What Next?
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