Remote working has brought many changes in our professional life. For instance, video meetings are now essential in our daily work routine; team meetings, client meetings, online conferences, social corporate events, etc. almost any type of gathering can be done now online. The professionals from recruitment teams have also had to adapt their processes to the new standards and, since the beginning of 2020, many interview processes have been conducted purely online.
This information may bring up a lot of questions about how to prepare for an online interview as interviews in-person and remotely are not, however, the same. For example, in-person interviews can be more pressuring as you are outside your comfort zone, however, there is more like a personal approach and it is easier to build rapport with the interviewer. On the other hand, virtual interviews give you the comfort and flexibility of interviewing a place of your choice, however, the absence of body language or technology difficulties can make the environment a bit odd.
The objective of a remote work interview is similar to those conducted in person, you need to be prepared and confident. The organization needs to know if you are a good fit for them. Moreover, do not forget that either in person or remote, an interview is also an opportunity for you to learn more about the company you are interviewing for.
Be sure you have a distraction-free environment for the interview, whether it is a phone or video interview. The last thing you want is the sound of a neighbour’s lawnmower or children fighting.
Even if the interview is via video call it is especially important that you appear calm, thankful, and delighted to be chatting with your interviewer(s), a friendly smile will always glow across the computer screen like a bright light.
While it could have nothing to do with your qualifications for the role, using a poor-quality microphone or camera during a remote job interview will harm your chances. Consider how you would react if you were interviewing a candidate that you could barely hear for the whole time.
Aim to enter the call with a 3–5-minute lead time, just as you would for an in-person interview. This is a smart precaution to take and a good practice to have just in case your interviewer signs in early and notices that you are ready to go.
Make sure your resume is available during the interview. If the interviewer asks for something that is in your CV, it is handy if you have it already printed (avoids you switching windows during the call). Besides, it gives the employer the impression that you are well prepared.
In an interview, things can go wrong. Make every effort to foresee future issues and eliminate them before they arise. This involves closing all unwanted apps on the device, shutting off alerts, making sure the system is completely charged for a remote interview, etc.
Find out what program the organization uses and practice using it before the interview if at all necessary. Check to see if it will fit your setup. Make the requisite improvements or modifications if it does not.
Make sure you have the information of the role as well as the company on a real paper. For example, it is extremely helpful in a question like: ”Why do you want to work for us?”
Remember that you have been selected for a remote role and have an interview scheduled because of your strong resume and a compelling cover letter. This should give you the vital confidence to face any type of interview. Nonetheless, it is always good to learn about the company and the work it does beforehand. Create a list of questions regarding the position’s day-to-day responsibilities and objectives and make sure that the role, as well as the company, fits your future ambitions.