With COVID-19, most people now work from home. Thus, job interviews are directly affected since they also take place virtually. Interviews often rhyme with stress and improvisation. This is even more true when these occur from distance with new realities emerging such as the screen freezing or the internet connection not working properly. At least, you don’t have to worry about a sweaty handshake anymore.
Succeeding your remote job interview
But more seriously, what should you do to shine during a remote job interview? Generally, the format will remain the same. That is, you will introduce yourself, the company will be discussed and the recruiter will ask questions to see if you are the key person for the company. So, it’s not rocket science, prepare yourself as you did before knowing that some questions about your accomplishments, qualities and flaws may be asked. More specifically, here are some tips for a successful remote interview.
- Hygiene is essential
- Your posture matters
- Choose a quiet place
- Get ready
You might think that since the interview is virtual, hygiene is less of a concern, but no. Are you used to not shaving because you go out less often? Very good, but make an effort for recruiters. It is a guarantee of professionalism. As was the outfit elsewhere. Working in a dressing gown is probably comfortable, but for the interview, professional clothing will make all the difference.
It goes without saying that personal hygiene is essential, but do not forget your meeting room. Unless you opt for a background that hides the meeting place, it is advisable to tidy the room.
When you waited in a company’s waiting room to be called, you were probably sitting up straight and adopting a confident posture. It goes without saying that this is transposed even virtually. Smile, you’re being filmed!
Besides, speaking of the camera, your gaze should be directed towards it. We tend to look at his image, but that’s a mistake. Looking at the camera will give recruiters a good visual impression and they will see confidence in you. Looking at your image, from their point of view, could be interpreted as elusive.
Some things like the internet connection or a frozen image are beyond your control. However, the location selected to conduct your interview is up to you. Therefore, choose a location free from distracting noise. If you have children, make sure they are a safe distance away. Not only will it be more professional, but your messages will be better captured by your listener. Conversely, you will hear the questions of the employer better.
When your interview is downtown, while on the road, do you practice in your head what questions you could be asked? Do the same for the virtual interview. Classic questions about your soft skills and technical abilities will most likely come up after the introduction. Prepare yourself in advance so as not to be thrown off balance by an unforeseen event.
Also, preparation should be done with your computer. Test your equipment before the event. Your headset, your microphone, your screen, your internet connection or even your computer’s battery are all parameters that should be checked.
Work on your posture and enthusiasm. Responsiveness and enthusiasm can be felt. So, do not hesitate to participate actively during the interview. Also, accept that breaks might take place. This is normal, the internet connection may not be related to the break. The person you are talking to is probably preparing the next set of questions. So, like in a real interview, smile and be patient.
Finally, an advantage that you have in virtual is that your interlocutor sees you, but he does not see 360 degrees. If you want to stick notes on the edges of your screen, you can. Just make sure you don’t read them too much and keep your gaze directed towards the camera as much as possible.
There you go, you should be equipped to be successful in remote job interviews. The Doussou Emplois team wishes you good success in your future opportunities!