More and more companies are choosing to conduct remote job interviews given the current situation. Not only are remote job interviews being used due to the Coronavirus outbreak, but they are becoming increasingly popular due to their efficiency – reducing costs and saving recruiters time during the hiring process.
The temptation can be to take a more relaxed approach to this interview format, but you can guarantee the employer will be taking it seriously and so should you.
Tips for acing remote job interviews
Preparation is the most important part when it comes to acing job interviews so do your research beforehand. Learn about the company, the industry and what the role will entail. Prepare for the most commonly asked interview questions and make a note of questions you would like to ask the interviewer. If you need to, keep your notes handy.
Check your WIFI connection. Ensure you have installed the necessary video software and your equipment is set up correctly. If your internet connection is unreliable, then it may be best to make alternative arrangements. It may be wise to do a test run to ensure you are familiar with the setup and process before the real job interview.
Prepare the scene
Choose your location wisely. Make sure the background image is a professional one. Remove anything distracting and make sure the room is clean and uncluttered.
It can be tempting to take a more relaxed approach to remote job interviews, but first impressions count so wear smart, appropriate clothing and forget about the fact you are in the comfort of your own home.
Close other programmes that may be running on your laptop such as Facebook and Twitter and put your phone on silent.
Make eye contact
It can be tempting to look at yourself on the screen but focus on the camera as this is the only way to make eye contact with the interviewer.
Use positive body language
Sit up straight – no slouching or moving too quickly and remember to smile! Smiling will help you to look more confident and relaxed even if you are nervous.
Lock the door
Interruptions will make you seem unprofessional. If you live in a shared house, warn the others you have an interview and let them know that room will be off limits at a certain time. Leave a note on the door asking for silence and, if possible, lock it.
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