Forget about the firm handshake. This year colleges are conducting interviews primarily over Zoom. Even though you have been taking online classes since March, developing a connection and keeping your interviewer engaged through a screen requires additional preparation.
A video conference is a unique opportunity to show your interviewer your awards, mementos, and artistic creations. Curate your interview background to include items that illustrate your passions and successes. Work these items into your conversation.
Even though you can’t connect in person, you can project confidence through your posture, hand gestures, voice, and facial expressions. Your smile shows that you are looking forward to the conversation and you know you have a story to tell. Make sure your smile is genuine. It should crinkle your eyes and linger on your face. A fake smile risks losing credibility. My favorite yoga coach is Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts on Peloton. …