Despite social distancing rules as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are still actively hiring. But while in the past companies may have conducted pre-screen interviews remotely, in the new normal, the entire process, including the final interview, are being held remotely. Below are five tips you should follow if you want to fine-tune your remote interview skills now or even after the virus passes:
Tip No. 1: Be familiar with online meeting technology. You should be very familiar with online meeting apps like Zoom and GoToMeeting, as these are the video tools most employers use to conduct interviews. And remember, while interviews may be remote, hiring managers still want to see your face and body language. Therefore, make sure you know how to easily turn your camera on and off, mute or unmute yourself, and share your screen if necessary. Interviews can be stressful, but even more so when struggling with video features.
Tip No. 2: Be prepared for an in-person interview. You should anticipate the interview to be as long and as intense as an in-person interview; the only difference is that the meeting is remote. Employers will still spend the same amount of time asking questions, and thus the length of the interview is similar to an in-person one. Several managers may all be on the call at once, so be prepared for that as well.
Tip No. 3: Make sure you’re in a quiet space with good technology. When conducting a remote interview, it goes without saying that you should be located in a quiet place where you won’t get interrupted. It’s also important to have good cell and internet service. Nothing is more frustrating than when a call keeps dropping or when internet service is spotty and your web camera is constantly freezing. If you know you’re going to be interviewing from home, it may be worth getting a signal booster or contacting your internet and cell phone carrier to sign up for upgraded service.
Tip No. 4: Be ready to impress. Despite the fact that an interview is taking place via a webcam, you still need to put your best feet forward and be as mindful about impressing the interview team as you can. This means dressing for success. Remember, employers are evaluating you, and you don’t want anything getting in the way of a good impression.
Tip No. 5: Remember, you’re interviewing your prospective employer as well. Don’t just focus on impressing the interview panel; come prepared with questions and make sure to get the the information you need to decide if this is the right job for you. Never leave a final interview with unanswered questions, or with a lack of clarity about the job or employer. Nothing is worse than getting hired, starting a new job and then realizing you took a job that didn’t meet your expectations.