Are you not amazed at how we have adapted so quickly regarding working from home? Are you overdosing on different Zoom forum interviews? Are you not intrigued by how using technology, you can see what people’s homes look like?
Do you notice people’s choice of Zoom background whilst watching interviews? Are you not distracted by the person’s choice of background during a work interview?
Does a person’s zoom background play an important public role, regarding being taken seriously for business?
Popular Zoom Backgrounds
I am seeing, bookcases used as a very popular background. The message is very direct, you are an intellect and love to read.
Some people are in their bedrooms with toys as a popular background. I laughed when I was interviewing a top car designer and there was barbie in the background. It highlighted that he obviously is a family man and in his daughter’s room.
It was his first-ever Microsoft Team interview.
I am also seeing economists, using their lounge room with a wine case in the background. I noticed week from the week the wine case seems to be getting low.
There are also technology interviews that have a white wall background with a snowman on the wall. With a dead plant.
Let me talk about why your zoom background is very crucial to how you represent oneself in the digital world.
Your Zoom Background Is Import
- Choose nature as a background if you have that option. In a world that is in lockdown, we are all craving for nature. I have amazing mountain views and when I show that everyone smiles with envy. It is an excellent opening for a positive interview.
- Keep your background as simple as possible so it does not distract your viewer’s attention
- Your choice of chair is powerful too. I have a very curvy designer chair which makes me feel I am in the board room. Designer chairs in the home will be a trend.
People are exchanging their wardrobe for furniture.
Flowers are also another welcoming idea. You can tell a lot about how a person is feeling by their choice of floral arrangements.
Make Sure No Naked bodies are walking around in the background!
Last week in Spain a naked woman who ended up proving his affair was seen walking in the background naked.
Communicate with your family members or those living with you. Not to come into the room during Zoom.
Your Personal Fashion Image
What you wear will attract the right engaging audience. If you are unemployed the clothes you wear will be judged. Especially as you are up against many other millions of people. Do your hair, put make-up on, and wear a bright lipstick called victory red.
If you have an audience make sure you make an effort and wear a plain bright shirt! Your dress should represent the season you are in. Don’t reveal too much as it can be very distracting.
Fully Dress Yourself
Last week a news reporter wore a suit and thought it was not important to put on his trousers.
The whole world saw him in his underwear. The way you present yourself on Zoom during this pandemic is how you will go down in history.
In this example, this news reporter got caught with his pants down, literally.
Skin Care And Personal Hygiene
Wash your face and brush your teeth. Nothing worse seeing someone that looks like they just got out of bed. Use skincare scrubs, and rehydrate your skin often. Staying inside is not a normal part of living.
if you have access to a steam room and sauna use it and exfoliate your whole body. Looking healthy on zoom shows you are taking care of your body.
If you are using zoom for business and don’t feel up to the interview. Don’t do it. Keep your professional face and defenses on at all times. It is more than ok to do this. You and I know this Covid 19 has destroyed our access to personal freedom. And in most cases destroyed our jobs and future incomes.
It t is very hard to digest. Don’t drink alchol during business zoom meetings! This looks like you are not coping.
Don’t wear too much jewelry. In such a pandemic where unemployment is very high. Expensive choices can be off-putting. The gap between rich and poor now is ever increasing. Wear a simple silver necklace or a small pendant. One with a symbol is a nice subtle message for your views to hang in there and have hope.
I like to wear my Cocoon necklace it was inspired by The Emperor Moth story. The pupa has to be inside the cocoon, before it can become full-grown, into the majestic Emperor moth. This gave birth to the concept crafted into this pendant.
A vintage watch is also a nice touch. Nostalgia is such a healer right now. Our past life will be treasured more than ever.
Earings are also powerful messages and features, during a Zoom interview.
Be Positive And Human
I am talking to people in business more than ever. Showing concerns for others is the humane thing to do.
You and I know that we don’t have to fake who we are. By connecting through the digital world we are all surviving and this is so important right now.