How to ace your remote interview
A remote interview was usually reserved for candidates who are applying for a job aboard or freelancers. But with the Covid-19 outbreak, this technique will have to become the ‘norm’. At least for the near future.
Developments in technology and online learning opportunities have made the world a smaller place. Candidate living and working outside the UK have become more visible to employers. So, organisations have had to adopt alternative ways of interviewing. This is to attract the talent they need. Covid-19 has undeniably pushed this inevitable change.
A lot of companies are “business as usual” and still hiring. Positions still need to be filled. Instead of traditional face-to-face interviews, they’ve been replaced with remote/ video interviews.
Here are a few tips on how to ace your remote interview:
Working from home allows us to have that little bit more relaxed when it comes to our business wear and set up. This shouldn’t be the case with remote video interviews. Make sure your set up is in a quiet, clean and tidy environment. Everything the interviewer sees should be professional. Try to see your environment through their eyes. Dress as if you were going to a face-to-face interview. Also, where possible use a static camera as opposed to a handheld.
Make sure you schedule a time where you can provide 100% of your attention. If you can make sure you’re alone. Turn off any external noises including your phone. Where you can make sure you don’t have any children or pets walk across the video cam. This may lead to a negative impression. And may make the employer question your professionalism.
Prepare as if it was a face-to-face interview. That means no note or prompts however tempting this may be. Remote interviewing will rely on your interaction, engagement and eye contact. If you look at your notes that eye contact is interrupted and may seem like you are not engaged. So, preparation is key, more so in remote interviewing.
Wifi and data connection
Make sure you have a strong network connection wherever you are interviewing. There is nothing more embarrassing than the connection dropping out halfway through the interview.
Be on time
Like a face-to-face interview make sure you are ready and waiting before the time scheduled. Missing a video call interview is rude and unprofessional. It is a scheduled call and therefore not a surprise, you should be prepared. Treat it just like you would a face-to-face.
Limit home “comforts”
We all enjoy the perks of working from home. From a cup of tea to the packet of biscuits next to you. You should leave these out of the frame. If you need a drink, have a glass of water on hand. Leave that biscuit dunking until after your interview.
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