How to Prepare for a Remote Job Interview
There are some job seekers who are under the false notion that doing remote job interview is somehow easier than being interviewed in person. If you are one of those who think this way, you couldn’t be any further from the truth.
Because they are more and more people applying for technology-related jobs, it goes to say that there are more competitors in these jobs. In technology-related jobs, it is more common to be interviewed remotely as the work is often done at home.
With so many competitors trying to snatch the position you want from you. It goes to say that you want to make the best impression in your remote interview.
On that note, here are a few tips that can help you prepare for a remote job interview.
Tips and Strategies for Remote Job Interview
Have a Pen and Paper Ready
In preparing for your job interview, make sure that you have a pen and paper along with a copy of your resume. Just like an ordinary in-person interview, research and jot down on important questions, the key skills on your resume and any reference dates. Also, take some notes on the position you are applying.
Choose a Quiet Place to Do the Interview
When doing a remote interview, make sure to do it in a quiet place. If you’re in a place where there’s a crying baby in the background or a barking dog or a street traffic, all of these will distract you. To keep from being getting distracted, conduct it in a quiet room like you would be on site.
Have Some Questions Ready
Though you are the one being interviewed, make sure that you are ready with a few questions as well. More than likely, the hiring manager will ask if you have any questions about the position after the interview. By having questions ready, you’ll be able to reinforce your interest in the position.
Dress Appropriately for Interview
Even if this is a remote interview, make sure that you wear the dress appropriately for the interview. If it is business, dress in casual slacks and a button-down shirt. Dress to impress so make sure to ever wear T-shirts and jeans as they’re never appropriate in any job interview.
Stand Up/Sit Up Straight When Doing an Interview
When you’re doing an interview via phone, it would be best to stand while speaking. This way, there will be a natural conviction in your voice which will translate into confidence over the phone. If your interviewer can see you, make sure to sit up straight with your feet both on the floor. Hand gestures are also ideal as it will make you feel confident and natural.
Practice a Lot for the Interview
When you are uncomfortable doing an interview through technology, practice is what you need. So take a lot of practice interviewing on Skype with your friend to find your best angle, how to get comfortable with controls and how to smile confidently.