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5 Tips for Acing the Remote Interview

Jun 09 , 2021

Reviewing a CV.

A lot of things have changed about work during the pandemic, and one of those things is the status of remote work. An increasing number of jobs will be remote going forward even after the pandemic ends. And the remote interview will be key to getting a remote job.

Here are some tips for acing your next remote interview.

1. Find a private, professional place for the interview.

You need to find a place where outside noises won't intrude on the interview and where you have the privacy to interact freely in the virtual sphere. Additionally, you should choose a place that has a neat, neutral background that will look relatively professional as a background for the interview. If there is no place in your home that meets these requirements, perhaps you can do the interview at a friend's house or even at the library if there are private rooms available. 

2. Practice--a lot.

Unless you are one of the rare few who is naturally comfortable in front of a camera, you should practice your interview until it feels reasonably comfortable to you and until a friend or colleague can agree that you present yourself well. 

While you can't predict every interview question you might get asked, there are lists of typical questions available online, and any question you use for practice will help you be more comfortable. Role-playing is probably the best way to practice and experience both sides of the interview before it happens.

3. Get familiar with the technology.

When you find out what platform will be used for the interview (Zoom, WebEx, etc.), you should make sure you know how it works and that you have all the apps and software downloaded that you will need. Sometimes you have to make an account to access it as well. 

You don't want to show up "late" because you hadn't prepared the technology ahead of time. You may also want to disconnect wi-fi devices not in use so that you have enough bandwidth to avoid buffering and breaking up on your end. Not only do you want a smooth interview, but avoiding technical problems will demonstrate competency and reflect well on your skills even if technical glitches are usually forgiven.

Video interview.

4. Ask your own questions.

You undoubtedly have many things you want to know about your prospective employer and the job, and it turns out asking intelligent questions is a great way to make a good impression during an interview. The time for your questions will be at the end of the interview or when the interviewer invites questions unless you can very naturally weave them into the body of the interview.  

5. Exaggerate (your voice and movements, not your CV)

Your personality will not come across as strongly during a virtual interview, so it's important to put as much expression into your face, voice, and movements as you can without looking fake and over the top.  Just a bit of exaggeration will help you come across on screen as expressive and charming as you really are in life. You should practice this ahead of time and have someone give you feedback to ensure that it comes across well.

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