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Are you preparing for a virtual interview for a remote position? Remote interviews are challenging and different. However, you can prepare for your video interview just as easily as you can prepare for an in-office meeting.
Everyone’s been there: you manage to pass the ‘phone screen’ part of the interview process (yay – great job!). And now, it’s time to nail the virtual job interview part.
Whether the firm at which you’re interviewing names it an “online interview,” “video interview”, “remote interview,” or “virtual interview,” make it your business to know what it takes to get ready for a video interview. After all, you need to pass this process!
If you need some job interview nerves tips, then it’s your lucky day because we’ve put together the ultimate guide to remote job interviews – right here:
Quick tips on how to knock a virtual interview out of the park
In some ways, getting ready for a virtual job interview is similar to getting ready for a regular meeting.
To ace your video job interview:
- Prepare what you’re going to wear in good time.
- Think about techniques to use technology to your advantage when interviewing virtually.
- Do your homework on the company.
- Plan several interview questions.
- Brainstorm instances of how you reacted to different office scenarios that you could use as part of interview questions.
- Create a shortlist of questions for the interviewer
A Quick Interview Tips Checklist
Here are a few other bits of advice to bear in mind when you’re partaking in virtual interviews that entail less clarification. To make sure you give it your best during remote interviews, we’ve compiled a checklist:
The day before the interview
- Locate a peaceful, private room (preferably with natural light).
- Choose a reliable communication. device(tablet/laptop/smartphone).
- If needed, update, download and test software.
- When creating a profile on the interview platform, choose a professional screen name and email, for example, your first and last name.
- Choose an outfit you’d wear for an in-person interview.
- Charge your device fully before interviewing.
- If needed, print off a physical copy of your CV to refer back to.
- Take notes during the interview using a pen and paper.
- Keep a water bottle close to your hand (this is in case your mouth dries out during the interview).
- Pick a simple wall for your background.
- Shift cats, dogs, or other pets to a different room.
- Position the camera so that it’s at eye level and hands-free.
- Make sure the window or lighting in the room faces you diagonally so that your face is visible.
- Double-check that your video camera and audio work properly.
- Move device chargers so that they’re within arm’s reach.
- Consider positioning a sign on the door of your room that says something like, ‘Quiet please, interview in progress’.
- Shut down all unnecessary programs and applications on your devices.
- Close call waiting on your phone.
- Switch off laptop notification sounds.
Throughout the interview
- Don’t use the speakerphone.
- Avoid chewing gum, eating, or sipping your water excessively.
- If you need to sneeze, cough, or wipe your nose, say “sorry”, mute your microphone and turn away from the camera.
- Keep responses snappy (under 90 seconds).
- Be animated with your voice and face.
- Rather than looking at the screen, look into the camera.
- If any technical problems arise, keep your cool.
If you want to know more job interview advice in the UK, be sure to take a look at our ‘how to prepare for your remote interview’ blog post and download our Virtual Interview Guide.