Here's How To Have A Successful Remote Interview

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Here's How To Have A Successful Remote Interview

One of the most exciting parts of any job seeker’s journey is securing an interview for a desired position. It’s exciting to get past the initial phase of sending out CV after CV; once an interview is requested, it’s one foot in the door to a new and appealing position. It can also be a bit nerve wracking because it’s the only opportunity to make a great first impression. It’s difficult to know what to expect in an interview, which is why there are now interview coaching services available to ensure the meeting is a success. And now with the growing trend of remote jobs available, with an estimated 50% of the UK workforce to be working remotely by 2020, another element has been added to the interview process; interviewing remotely over video conferencing. So how do you ensure success with this style of interview? 

Preparation is Still Key  

The standard rules of interviewing still apply in this regard. You should have researched the company, and have a full understanding of the job description you are applying for prior to the time of the remote interview. Make sure you’ve thought about the answers to common interview questions as well. There are core qualities and skills an interviewer will seek to find out through their questioning, and being prepared is vital. There are now more graduates in the UK than ever before, with 14 million grads in the workplace in 2017.With such a high number, you need to stand out, and preparing genuine and interesting answers is a great way to do just that.

Show Some Personality

It’s important that your natural personality and enthusiasm is still apparent through the remote interview process. Because there is no real authentic face to face contact, you have to impress with your body language from what is visible on the screen. Ensure you are not restless, or avoiding eye contact with the recruiters. React to their questions and the conversation just the same as you would in a traditional setting, with appropriate nodding and facial interactions. Be engaged in the conversation, and demonstrate your excitement at the possibility of landing the position. Having authentic stories and real life examples of your skills also really assist in setting yourself apart from the competition. And remember to smile at the camera.

Be Presentable and Dress Smart

Dress appropriately for the interview, and aim to impress. What you wear and how you present yourself for an interview is one of the most important aspects of making a great first impression, and successfully landing the job. The setting of the remote interview may be more casual, but the expectation is that you show up looking smart and as if you had walked into a corporate environment. If you’re unsure of the potential company’s dress code, it’s always best to overdress and look fashionable and presentable if in doubt. Plan your outfit the night before, and have it ironed and ready to go for the interview. In addition, women should make sure they are wearing makeup and look office ready.

Prepare the Interview Space

Plan where the interview will take place and bear in mind what will be visible on the screen. The background should be tidy, clean, and well lit. It should look professional, as that will convey your professional attitude towards the position. There shouldn’t be any background noise, and the connection should be strong. Remove any distractions, and if there are others at home or at the location you have selected, ensure they know of the interview and will not distract you during the time slot. And most importantly, do a test call with a friend to see what is visible on the screen and test the audio quality before the big interview. 

A remote job interview requires the same amount of preparation as a traditional interview, although the considerations may differ. Following these tips will give you the best chance of success at making a great first impression and nailing the interview, and securing your first post graduate job.