In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote interviews are becoming increasingly common as we find ourselves in a new routine of working from home. While most of us have likely participated in online meetings of some type, not all will have been part of a remote interview.
As interviews can be nerve-racking enough, without ‘new technology’ and online etiquette to get to grips with, we thought we would provide a few pointers to help put you at ease and make you feel more confident in presenting yourself remotely.
Find a quiet room to set yourself up to conduct the remote interview and put a note on your door saying you’re not available. Turn off alerts and chats during the interview.
In addition, make sure you are sitting comfortably in order to reduce movements during the interview. If you’re constantly shifting or walking around, it can make it hard for others to focus on your answers.
You want to present yourself as a professional, so dress as though you are at work, even though you are at home. Make sure you consider what is behind you as the interview panel will see what is in the background. Ensure your surroundings are appropriate and free of clutter and anything distracting.
Make sure you have access to the job description before the start of the remote interview and have a few questions noted to ask at the end.
You might also like to practice virtually beforehand with others, such as with a friend or family member, on answering possible interview questions based on the job description.
Consider your facial expressions and tone of voice.
Keep your voice calm and speak clearly, but also remember to smile and laugh when appropriate, just like you would in person. You want to demonstrate to the interview panel that you’re engaged in the conversation and passionate about the role you’re applying for.
Also, leave a few seconds at the end of sentences or after you ask a question to minimise talking over others. Remember to look at the camera when you are speaking not your own image or the other person’s image, as tempting as that may be.
Ahead of your remote interview, test your equipment to make sure you are happy with your hardware and software. Check your computer camera, microphone, and internet connection.
Hopefully, you won’t encounter any technical issues during your remote interview, but if you do try not to stress. Just smile, be polite, and ask the interviewer to repeat their question or the sentence.
Also, we are aware that sometimes technical glitches are beyond one’s control and if that happens we’ll consider other back up options, such as phoning, using another conference call method, or rescheduling (if appropriate).
When remote interviews conclude, it is expected that one of the interview panel will let you know what is going to happen next in the process and ask if you have any questions. Now is the time to ask any prepared questions you’ve got and/or ask any questions that have arisen during your interview.
Ultimately you are representing yourself during an online interview. Knowing how to effectively conduct a video interview will help give a positive view of both you, your professionalism, and your interest in joining our team.
We hope our top tips help you prepare and make the most of a remote interview. Good luck!