Remote Interview Tips For Success
April 27, 2021
Being able to interview online has become a more important skill to possess in light of recent events. Holding a great interview not only lets your future employer know how serious you are, but that you have high level communication skills which will make collaborating with you easier. Here are a few tips to help get you through a remote interview.
This is more of a two part tip. Always have a game plan in mind. This doesn’t mean you’re going to read answers off a script. You can search up questions employers ask for your specific role and prepare for them, but do not assume that they will ask those questions. If your interviewer asks something you weren’t prepared for, quickly transition to an answer. Never repeat the question back to the interviewer, this is seen as a tactic to stall for time and it’s a bit annoying when done repeatedly. You essentially want to be quick and to the point when answering questions, but not to the point of giving one word or one sentence answers, while making sure you don’t pause too long before answering.
The second part of this preparation tip is to make sure your technology works. This means that your internet or data connection is stable and won’t go out during the interview. The PC, laptop, or phone you’re using should also be tested before the initial interview. Being late or dropping out in the middle of the interview subconsciously sends the message that you’re not reliable and some employers don’t enjoy being made to wait. So before the interview, test out the hardware you’re going to use and make sure the application you’re using works and that you know how to use it. Going into a Skype or Zoom call and not being able to get your webcam working when it’s a webcam interview isn’t a great first impression.
Make sure you have notifications turned off and are in a quiet environment when in the interview. Treat it like an in person interview. You wouldn’t have your phone on max volume playing your favorite song as a ringtone when your friends call you when you do a walk in interview in a suit, so don’t do it for an online one. Make sure the people you live with are notified that you’re doing an interview so no one barges into the room when you’re talking and move away from noisy animals. Having a dog bark in the background for the entire duration of the interview isn’t going to help your first impression. On the same note, if there are any other animals that might distract you or your interviewer, try to move away from them, i.e.: cats that like to jump on your computer while using it, a rooster somewhere in the neighborhood, etc.
Present Yourself Professionally
Make sure you look professional when doing an interview with a webcam turned on. You don’t want to be wearing the shirt you went to sleep in or worse, be shirtless when talking to your interviewer. Treat the webcam interview like an in person one and everything should be fine. Don’t be lazy, take the extra time to groom yourself and look the part, it goes a long way.
Make sure you’re attentive during the call. This means paying attention to your volume, facial expressions, and questions asked. Make sure everyone can hear you, if you’re giving great answers to the questions but are whispering so no one can hear you, your answers aren’t really going to matter. Make sure you look confident when speaking and on the flip side, take note of your interviewers facial expressions. You can tell how you’re doing by how they react to your answers. Lastly, make a note of the line of questioning in order to anticipate what might be asked next so you’re ready once they ask. Just a note, don’t interrupt your interviewer with an answer, always let them finish their question.
At the end of the interview you are always asked if you have any questions. Make sure you have some prepared. This is going to be the last impression you make on your interviewer(s) so close it out strong and ask good questions. If you don’t know any you can look some up on Google, you can take them word for word or modify them to fit you.
You are essentially showing off what value you can add to their company by doing an interview. It’s just almost exactly like an in person interview but with technology thrown in the mix. Having a smooth and strong interview will leave a lasting impression on your interviewer(s).