A recent survey of 800 HR executives found that a staggering 88% of companies were either requiring or encouraging remote work in the current climate. While all aspects of a company’s operations will be affected, the shift to remote work will have an especially profound impact on the recruiting process. For example, it is unlikely that companies will be conducting any job interviews in person for the foreseeable future. While Skype, Zoom, Google Hangout, and other video interviewing platforms have become more and more popular over the last several years, they are likely to sky-rocket in use now. Learning to excel in a remote interview will therefore be critical for any job-seekers.
So what does acing a remote interview actually entail? Here are some tips that will help you succeed:
- Carefully plan where you will conduct the interview.
It is important to have a quiet place with a professional background. Find a room in your house or apartment where you can be alone. Make sure there is nothing distracting or inappropriate behind you. Usually, you will not want to have the main source of lighting behind you as this will cause a silhouette in the frame. Make sure you let your family and/or roommates know when and where you will be conducting the interview. A sign on the door can serve as an important reminder to them.
- Test the technology.
Once you know where you will conduct the interview, familiarize yourself with how the platform works. If you are using a video conferencing service like Skype or Zoom, schedule a mock interview with the Career Hub or a friend. If you are using a one-way video interviewing platform like Kira Talent, make sure to do any practice sessions available and watch the recordings. Check the background, your voice volume, and your body language.
- Be prepared early.
Just as it helps to arrive 10 minutes early for an in-person interview, you should log into the platform and be prepared for a video interview before the exact time you have scheduled. You should have a printed copy of your resume and some paper for taking notes. Make sure your device is either plugged-in or fully charged!
- Dress just like you would for an in-person interview.
You might be tempted to use a video interview as an opportunity to wear pajama pants with your suit jacket, but it’s best to wear your full professional attire just like you would for an in-person interview. Wearing business professional will help you stay in the right state of mind. After all, video interviews aren’t any less serious than in-person interviews. In addition, full business professional means you won’t have to worry about embarrassing yourself in front of your potential employer if you have to stand up for any reason during the interview. When it comes to attire, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Pay attention to your body language.
We’re used to showing we are engaged in daily conversations with eye contact, nods, and facial expressions. On video calls, showing active listening can be somewhat more challenging. Remember that maintaining eye contact while you are talking will mean looking at the webcam rather than looking at the screen. Taking notes on what your interviewer says is encouraged, but trying to read from notes while you’re talking is a bad idea. Sometimes, the limitations of video mean you will need to exaggerate smiles and facial expressions to show that you are listening. Make sure you have good posture.
- Send a follow-up email to your interviewer.
After the interview, send an email to your interviewer thanking them for their time and consideration. This is an important interview, but it can sometimes be easy to forget to do after a virtual interview since you have not had any direct contact. This extra touch can go a long way in showing that you are a thoughtful, considerate candidate.
All in all, the more you treat a video interview just as you would an in-person interview, the better off you will be. As always, doing your research is incredibly important. In this scenario, preparations should also involve finding a place to conduct the interview and practicing with the platform you’ll be using. The resources below will help you learn more about video interviews especially and job interviews in general.
Career Hub Resources:
To schedule an appointment: https://iuspea-csm.symplicity.com/students/index.php?s=calendar&ss=app_main&mode=form&_do_edit=1&_ksl=1
Resources Guide – Interviewing: https://oneill-career-hub.github.io/guide/6-ugrad
Video Interviewing Resources: