In the present day and age even with the return of offline education it can be seen that both students and teachers prefer online learning due to certain aspects of it such as comfortability and ease of access. It is understandable as to why online tools and platforms have made it big and earned a positive reputation for themselves, considering the huge audience they serve and the variety of tasks they are used for. Whether it is a school information management system or an enterprise resource planning system which is the ERP full form it has become quite normalized for any institution to offer both online and offline services.
In particular one of the methods of online interaction that has taken a new meaning in recent times is video conferencing. While platforms which allowed for video conferencing and video calling have been around for a long time, professionals have now been using it for video interviewing purposes among many others. As we all know an interview is quite a serious effort and should respectively be treated as one. Both parties involved should have some dos and don’ts. However while many are aware of these unwritten protocols in an “in real life” format there are also certain norms which must be followed for online video conferencing. Keep reading to know what they are.
Do dress up accordingly-
During the pandemic and the recent work from home culture there are several jokes made about how office workers like to dress business on the top and casual at the bottom. However a formal shirt with your favorite pair of nylon shorts is never a good combination and one that can be quite risky to assume while trying to set a good first impression. Make sure that the attire you are wearing for the video confidence is appropriate for the reason behind it and is not considered too far outside the box.
Do practice the questions you would like to ask-
Whether you are a job applicant using the ERP full form tool or a student using the school information management system, asking questions and making sure all avenues of your understanding are cleared is a good task to pursue. However while speaking to someone who is in an authoritative position it is better to use language that gets straight to the point and cannot be assumed in any negative manner.
Do have a clean and uniform background– While work from home etiquette may make no discrimination against which room you use for your online journey, using a proper background is considered the minimum decency that you can show. While there is nothing wrong with letting your room show behind your screen, make sure that it is not cluttered and will not be distracting the other person from the center of attention. However if you are feeling too lazy to clean up just use a filter background from a readily available and hugely customisable library online.
Don’t switch the video off-
While in a video conference, the main aspect which sets apart the platform from other calling applications is the possibility to look at the other person or persons involved in the confidence. Turning off the camera in such a situation can be taken as quite a disrespectful move. Especially in an educational setting most teachers assume the above to be a signal that the student is no longer paying attention in class and would rather do something else. Yet if you want to be taken seriously while also having the utmost need to switch off the video make sure to announce this beforehand and clarify the reason behind it.
Don’t engage in too much motion-
While at times you might be required to get up and show something to the person on the call it is desirable to practice keeping a steady hand and to make as little movement as possible. Not only does this make the camera shaky and difficult to focus on something but constantly being required to get up and get things can also show that you are unprepared. It can also result in losing a strong connection to the internet and thus, a host of other technological problems.