Now that everyone relies on video calls for communication, video conferencing “fails” are becoming a trending topic online. In order to avoid “fails” and successfully pull off a professional video call from home, keep our quick tips in mind:
1. Invest in a Hi-Res Camera and Quality Audio
Before your video meeting or interview, test out your computer’s camera and audio. If it’s not up to par, invest in a hi-res camera and quality microphone. Adding these to your call will enhance the experience for everyone who joins.
2. Test Your WiFi Strength
There is nothing worse than dropping out of a video call due to a poor connection. Test your WiFi before the call. Is it a strong connection? If not, switch to the 5 GHz WiFi option. If this still doesn’t work, try using an ethernet cable to improve your connection.
3. Tidy Up and Zoom In
Clean up the area where you intend to conduct the video call. Remove all clutter and distracting artwork or appliances, and do a quick sweep for clumps of dust.
Next, zoom your camera in to frame your portrait. While your background choice is key, the caller should be focused on your face, not your decor.
4. Dress Well
You will generally feel your most professional self when connecting with your coworkers on video conferencing if you dress as if you are still going into the office.
Wear clothes that show up well in room lighting, and are also not distracting. Loud jewelry, ties, or patterns are typically frowned upon.
5. Mute Your Mic
As you join the video call, be sure to mute your audio. This eliminates the chance of startling call participants by sending irritating feedback or background noises into the call.
6. Use Proper Video Call Etiquette
Just like face-to-face meetings, there are some standards for video call etiquette:
- Look into the camera to maintain “eye contact.”
- Never speak over another individual. Signal your interest to talk.
- Eliminate distractions, such as phone notifications.
- Put your audio on mute when not speaking.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready for any video call that comes your way.