How to Excel in a Remote Interview
These days most first interviews are done remotely, but it still stands that first impressions are made within a couple of seconds.
The chances of impressing online are much lower if you are fumbling around with technical problems like an audio delay, poor video quality, or worse still not being able to log on. We have some tips for you to ensure you are well prepared, so all you have to worry about is nailing your answers!
Number 1 – Be Prepared
Like any interview, you need to do your research. This doesn’t mean just looking on the company website. Good candidates will always go deeper. Research your interviewer, so starting with LinkedIn check out their profile, what they have posted about or commented on, and see have you any connections in common. Understand their company values, any deals they just won, existing clients etc. Try and get as much detail about the company by their website but also articles written by employees, and if you know someone that works there talk to them and get a heads up on what they might be looking for and what might impress and set you apart from your competition.
Number 2 – Make Sure You Are On Time
Punctuality is key for an in-person interview, and we would always recommend getting there 10-15 mins early so you can settle in. This still applies for a remote interview. It will give you the opportunity to ensure that you are set up technology-wise. For example, if you need to download the video software, check your Wi-Fi etc it will give you ample time. You can then read over your notes, take a sip of water and clear your head before your interviewer arrives.
Number 3 – Location/Background
Nowadays people work from home, in a bedroom or if they’re lucky a home office. Getting a quiet space can be challenging to say the least. Often when you have children, they can burst in when you are mid -conversation with your boss or a client (never forget the infamous BBC News interview with Professor Robert Kelly!)
While most people and companies are understanding of it, having an interview is different. You need to put your best foot forward and so finding a quiet spot in the house in crucial. Make sure you have a professional backdrop and if you have to choose a virtual one, ensure its tasteful and not distracting to the interviewer.
Number 4 – Body Language
This is even more important for a video interview and can covey a lot about who you are and whether you are a potential fit for the company. Firstly, making good eye contact with your interviewer. Be clear when speaking and ensure they can hear you. Good posture is key, so sit up straight and try not to slouch. Try and avoid fiddling with your hair or moving around on your chair. A lot of this can be done subconsciously but if you are aware of what to avoid, you can practice some methods in advance that might help you.
Number 5 – Dress to Impress
Finally, always dress as though you were meeting the person face to face. Due to the ongoing remote working people tend to half dress for important calls, so from the bottom up they wear a shirt with joggers on the bottom. Totally makes sense, not to be fully suited and booted or in your best dress – it may seem pointless but doing so for an interview will make you feel more professional on the day and will not only have a positive effect on you mentally, but to a potential employer you will look professional and ready for success!!