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Even before the onset of this global pandemic, we were all more or less familiar with having to conduct job interviews by videoconference. In recent months, it has become the norm for everyone, we spend all our time (professional or personal) in front of a screen in order to communicate. Since this is the case, we have some professional advice to give you to master the art of video interviews, so that you can give the best of yourself, from a distance!

  1. Make yourself comfortable

First of all, try to make yourself as comfortable as possible. You start off with an advantage since you’re doing the interview from the comfort of your own home. In order to be as comfortable as possible to talk to your interviewer, try to prepare your set up well in advance, take the time to make yourself a hot drink such as tea or coffee, which will make you really comfortable. 

  1. Prepare your speech

As with all interviews, it is important to prepare in advance. Just because you do it through a screen doesn’t mean you can go freestyle. Take the time to prepare your hiring speech, and repeat out loud your main arguments. You can also write them down in a file on your computer so that you have them in front of you during the interview, but don’t let that distract you. 

  1. Choose the right spot

It only takes 5 seconds for someone to judge the first impression of you. Knowing this, take the time to settle down properly in a place where you won’t be disturbed, and which is representative of your image. If you want to stay professional, avoid a fake background that represents a beach or a galaxy, it takes away credibility right away. If you are filming yourself in your house, think about tidying up your living room or bedroom, it may seem a detail but your interlocutor can easily transpose the condition of your house to your professional skills. 

  1. Pay attention to the lighting 

Again, it may seem like a detail, but paying attention to the light you use for your videoconference is crucial. Favour natural light, such as from a window for example. If you have no choice but to film yourself at night, remember to put as much light as possible on your face so that you can be seen properly. YouTubers often use a ring light to get a very professional look. 


Posted in: Audience, Online Videos

A few months ago, group meetings would usually take place in a conference room around a table. Now every business has had to learn how to communicate via group video chats. For some industries this is nothing new, but for others it is a completely new way of holding a meeting and there is a learning curve.

Let us look at ways to make sure you make a good impression during business meetings, even if you are sitting at home looking at your screen.

Have proper lighting

You probably have heard the phrase “Lights, camera, action!” “Lights” goes first because a camera can only do so much with bad lighting.

Overhead lighting is the worst kind because it creates shadows under your eyes. Sitting behind a window is also not recommended as the sunlight will cause a bright glare. Instead, sit in front of the window so the light is to your advantage. To look your best, use soft light by placing them behind you on your left and right corners with a white background.

Have a good background

Speaking of backgrounds, you should still make the effort to clean up wherever you are during the call. A cluttered background will prove distracting for the people watching or in some cases may prove embarrassing. No one should see your pile of dirty underwear, and your boss may not be interested in seeing your poster of Baby Yoda.

Position your camera at a correct angle

Although you are not using an expensive camera on a tripod, you should still put some effort into placing it at the right angle to capture your face. Place your camera about an arm’s length away from you while making sure to give a bit of space between the top of your hair and the top of the frame. It should capture the triangle of your forehead to your shoulders in the frame.

Dress for the occasion

Tempting as it may be to stay in your pyjamas while working a home, you should clean up a little for a video call. Wear solid colours, wash your face, and brush your teeth in case you just had lunch and have spinach in your teeth. If the room is warm, don’t wear too many layers so you don’t start sweating.

Check your audio

It’s one thing to look good with the right clothing and lighting, but if no one can hear each other it won’t be much of a meeting. Everyone should keep their microphones muted unless it is their turn to speak, which will reduce the chances of background noises distracting participants during the call. You should also use headphones to make sure you can hear everyone and to block out any noises that might be around you.


Posted in: Video Production

Schools have had to shut their doors because of the global pandemic, but the education process must continue. Many educators are therefore turning to virtual teaching to reach their students at home.

Unfortunately, some teachers are more accustomed to teaching in front of a group of students while writing instructions on a whiteboard. They have limited experience teaching in a virtual environment and must adapt quickly so their students are not left behind.

This situation is having parents worry about whether their children will be able to finish the school year or if they will even be able to graduate. Although we are not quite yet living in the world of Ready Player One, virtual technology is offering solutions to these problems.

Virtual classrooms are the new norm

Video tools like Zoom allow teachers to deliver live lessons to their students. However, there is still the issue of teachers being able to maintain control of their students or accommodate their schedule if they have limited access to the home computer.

A solution to these issues is the video platform Vidyard, which allows users to host, record and share videos with no expertise required. In response to the pandemic, it has released free early access to a new video messaging tool to help users stay connected with their team. This allows teachers to communicate with their students whenever they need and record teaching videos.  

Benefits of teaching in virtual classrooms

By using on-demand video, teachers can easily create video content from their web browser. They can also give more verbal and visual guidance, and curate a video playlist of content that focuses on bits of information that add variety to difficult lessons. Another benefit is flexible sharing options for recorded videos that let teachers post assignments and video lessons or share videos directly with students and parents via email.

For students, this tool allows them to watch the material whenever they want. They can also watch at their own pace with speed control.

How schools can use video for communication

Until the world returns to normal, live video or video messages allow schools and districts to provide timely and efficient messages to their teachers.

Video allows schools to keep communication channels open by sending recorded video announcements and updates, delivering formal training sessions, sending personal videos to share knowledge, and record tutorials for the best practices associated with distant education. For any teacher worried about the wrong video being accessed by the wrong person, video security controls ensure only the intended audience will have access.


Posted in: Online Videos