There are some instances when companies will need to conduct interviews remotely, for example if the candidate lives outside the country that the company is situated, or in the case of the recent pandemic, where it is the only safe option.
What are the best ways to prepare for a remote interview?
In many ways, remote interviews are similar to face-to-face interviews and therefore the way that you prepare for them remains the same, however there are slight differences;
Double check what time the interview is supposed to take place and any instructions you have been given e.g. login details, passwords etc.
Do a practice run
It is a good idea to go through a practice run with someone before the interview takes place. This will make sure that the software is working properly and you don’t have any issues with the audio or lighting.
Who is calling who?
Be aware of who is supposed to initiate the call. You don’t want to be sitting 10 minutes after the scheduled time wondering why you haven’t received any calls.
Be aware of your surroundings
When choosing somewhere for your interview to take place, take into consideration your background and make sure that it is clean, tidy and looks professional. Try to set up your interview in an area that is quiet and free from any distractions.
First impressions still count with remote interviews. Therefore it is a good idea to dress appropriately, even if it is only the top half.
Keep key points close by
This is one of the perks of remote interviews compared to face-to-face interviews. You can have the key points you want to get across attached to post-its to refer back to if you need them. However, it is important that you are not too reliant on these because they can become distracting and obvious to the interviewer.
Look at the camera
In a face-to-face interview, it is important that the interviewee maintains strong eye contact throughout. In a remote interview through a video call, this rule still applies and you can mimic this by looking directly at the camera. Also, make sure that your camera is elevated so that you are not staring down at the camera.
Expect the unexpected
Unexpected things may crop up during a video call, so it is a good idea to be prepared and eliminate any issues before they arise.
For example, if you are using a laptop, make sure that it is fully charged or plugged in. It is a good idea to close all other applications, turn off any notifications and keep your phone on silent.
If you live with other people or have kids/pets, make sure that there will be no interruptions for the duration of the interview.
Lastly, be prepared for technical issues and come up with solutions. This will work in your favour and show the interviewer that you are flexible and able to solve problems quickly.
Although a lot of our clients have put their hiring on hold, a few are still hiring and conducting remote interviews now!
You can view the roles that are currently live on our jobs page. If you have any queries and would like to speak with one of our Specialist Recruitment Consultants, give our office a call on +353 1 571 3000.
Written by Michelle Young