Remote interviews may be possible if you are applying for a job in a different country, or if the manager is on a business trip. These remote hub interviews are becoming more common with the increasing globalization of the work market and technological advancements. These interviews are conducted over instant messengers such as Skype, or by telephone. It is important to be prepared and to have the right strategies to succeed.
Prepare yourself technically.
It is important to prepare all equipment and software for remote interviews. You can borrow a friend’s computer camera if you don’t have the funds to purchase one. No matter if you are interviewing over the internet or by phone, it is important to verify the connection.
It is important to be familiar with all aspects of the software and hardware you will use. It is important to be able to set the settings and troubleshoot common problems.
Do your research.
To learn as much about the company’s culture and history, you will need to do extensive research. It is important to check their website and their profiles on social media. It is important to gather enough information that will allow you to show them that you are the problem-solver they are looking for. It is important to know how to dress and approach the interviewer.
This is especially important considering the fact that you will need to manage the technology while still focusing on the essence and job interview. Practice with a friend to get feedback on technical aspects such as volume, light, interference, and personal performance aspects such as confidence, clarity, and professional conduct. To ensure your best performance, take note of your weaknesses and work to remove them.
Arrange the right setting.
You will need a well-lit, quiet place for remote job interviews. It is important that your background, which will be seen by the interviewer, is clean and tidy. Your background should be professional. You should not have any personal photos or other items behind you. Books are a better choice.
Professionalism is key to a successful interview.
Dress professionally, from top to toe, as if you were going to a traditional interview. You should be punctual and have all your equipment ready. Focus on a positive attitude, smiling even when you can’t see the interviewer and focusing on your positive outlook. You should let the interviewer know that you are listening and say “yes” when necessary.
Use helpful cues.
Even though a camera has a limited range, it can still be used. This allows you to keep cues at the side of your computer. Notes can be prepared with company information, statistical data, and questions you intend to ask. These are not your cues. These cues should not be ignored.
Now you are ready to nail the remote job interview.