By Catherine Reed
It’s no secret remote work is a hot topic right now. As more and more companies begin to not only allow but encourage employees to work from home, the hiring landscape is also shifting quickly and we’re pretty stoked about what kinds of opportunities will open up for job seekers as a result – especially those which can be worked from home.
With just a few tips and tricks, you’ll be ready to bring your A-game to your next online interview and be well on your way to landing a sweet new gig. Here’s how you can prepare for a remote interview.
Do Your Homework
Just like with an in-person interview, preparation is essential for a remote interview. Practicing your answers, researching the company, reviewing the job posting… that’s all still crucial to your success.
During a remote interview, the presence of a computer may lead some candidates to believe they can cheat the interview by Googling answers or reading notes, but don’t make this mistake. Preparation beforehand is the best way to nail the interview and it’ll prove much more helpful (and less anxiety-inducing) than any mid-interview Google search will. Do your homework beforehand. Thank yourself later.
Spruce Up Your Space
The hiring manager is going to get a glimpse into your space during a remote interview, it’s inevitable. Ideally, you need a room (with a door) you can control. The sound of a dog barking or children playing may come across as distracting, so it’s essential to make your space as quiet as possible.
Don’t stop there though! You’ve gotta spruce up the look of your space too – anything in the video frame is visible to the hiring manager, so you need to make sure it looks stunning. If there are children’s toys scattered around, inappropriate art on the walls, or a pile of dirty dishes in sight, you’re at risk of leaving a less than stellar impression. And we don’t want that for you, babe.
Keep your background a neutral color aside from white (which doesn’t look great on camera). Feel free to keep a few items in the background too: a nice plant or a piece of abstract art on the wall will add some visual interest without being distracting.
Dress for Success
Sure, it’s kind of funny when people attend online interviews without wearing pants. But it wouldn’t be so amusing if you did it and then, for an unexpected reason, had to stand up while the camera was on. Nightmare fuel.
It’s always better to play it safe and dress as you would for an in-person interview. When in doubt, go full-on business or smart casual. Unless you know professional dress is the company’s standard. If that’s the case, a suit and tie or its equivalent is a must.
Also, make sure to avoid all-black attire, incredibly bright colors, or chaotic, bold patterns. Not everything comes across well on camera, so save the hiring manager’s eyes by choosing coordinating neutrals with subtle patterns.
Check Your Tech
Technology can be your best friend or your worst enemy in a remote interview., In this instance, you have to rely on your tech for a pretty important function. So, what should you do? Test it in advance.
Make sure your camera, speakers, and microphone work. If it isn’t entirely web-based, download any meeting software the company uses for its video conferences. If you also need to create an account, do it well beforehand.
The goal is to minimize your chance of technical problems. So, spend a moment giving each piece a good-ole “testing 1, 2, 3” before it’s time to meet.
It’s All in the Eyes
Eye contact is vital during an interview. But, when you’re interviewing remotely, looking the hiring manager “in the eye” means not actually looking at their eyes. Instead, you have to look at the camera. Otherwise, it usually seems like you’re looking down.
Practice looking between the camera and your screen. By switching between each every few seconds, you can maintain good eye contact without being too intense.
By using the tips above, we know you’ll nail your next remote interview. Get your space ready and level up your career!