You have a solid resume and a meaningful cover letter. And you’ve got an interview, but unfortunately, you are not in town and the hiring is urgent, and you are invited for a remote conversation.
Do you want to seize the opportunity and wonder how to perform successfully in the remote interview? Is there any differences you need to prepare than the current in person interviews?
While there are some things common to all interview preparation, such as knowing your strengths and weaknesses, etc. preparing for a remote job interview requires you take a few unique steps to ensure you make the best impression possible.
- Do a test-run with your computer.
- It will be better if you also practice using Zoom or Skype. We recommend you download these apps to your mobile phone ahead of time in case your laptop fails.
- Test the Audio and Video before the interview. You can call a friend to help you through a test run on both devices to make sure audio and video are working, and that your lighting is as good as possible.
- Test your earbuds and keep a back-up pair within reach. On the day of your interview, test everything again.
- Pick the perfect spot.
- Make sure it is not too dark but also stay away from overhead lights during the interview if you can.
- Background behind you should be flat, clean, or at least do not let the interviewers look at the background mess behind your back.
- Eliminate distractions.
- Silence anything that could interfere with your conversation, including your phone and email notifications on your computer and close any nearby windows to muffle neighborhood traffic.
- Should prepare a quiet seat, no noise of TV or neighbor’s.
- Sit up and dress professionally.
- Even though you are not meeting your interviewer in person, make sure to dress for success and sit up straight.
- First impressions matter and your appearance is crucial to making a good one.
- Dress as you would for an in-person interview.
- Sit Down Prepared.
- Just because you are on a computer doesn’t mean you can search the web for answers mid-interview, so avoid clicking around.
- You want to appear focused and ready to answer any questions without the help of the internet.
- Research the company ahead of time and jot down notes for easy reference.
- Calm your nerves.
- Practice your main talking points if you are nervous and remember to slow down—it can be easy to talk over people on online calls.
- Avoid scratching your hair and your faces when you are not sure about the question. Be natural.
Above all, like any interview, you need to prepare before the big day. Whether it is your first remote interview or not, it never hurts to review these steps to make sure you get everything in place.