How To Get The Most Out Of A Remote Interview

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Being prepared for the future of remote work also includes preparing for the increasingly common online job interview. And as more companies shift to permanent remote work, the remote interview is worth familiarizing ourselves with. 

 

While there may be some discussion of returning to the workplace as soon as it’s safe to do so, according to Buffer’s 2021 State of Remote Work, out of 45% of respondents who worked remotely as a result of COVID-19, 46% said their company had planned on permanently allowing remote work. 

This is not to say that businesses may never return to the office. As many large companies like Google and Twitter extend their work-from-home policies or have announced that employees can work from home indefinitely, in a post-pandemic world it’s likely to become the norm. 

And while most people are familiar with hosting or participating in virtual meetings, here’s how to get the most out of a remote interview in the current and post-pandemic world: 

Test Your Tech

 

By hosting an interview at home, there’s no need to fuss over a commute! This has afforded more time to have technology charged, platforms tested, and a backup plan determined, before the big day. 

Here are a few tips: 

  • To ensure your internet connection won’t slow things down, turn off all unnecessary applications except those needed for your interview.
  • Check your camera and microphone. Are they set up correctly? Do you sound muffled? Opt for headphones with a built in microphone to dampen the background noise. 
  • Make sure applications have been downloaded correctly (Zoom, Skype For Business) and you have logged in successfully. 
  • Be prepared with a backup phone number or email address for an unanticipated lost connection. While it’s great to keep your phone nearby, keep it on silent throughout the interview. 

Prepare Key Questions

Chances are you’ve thought of asking standard interview questions that most companies or hiring managers would be happy to answer. However, including 1-2 relatable questions will prove your interest is strong, especially for long term roles. 

Asking “what has the company done for their employees during the pandemic?”, or “what will the business look like post-pandemic?”, will be more beneficial as you navigate your interview and decide if the role is the right fit for both you and their team. To further understand how the position is or has been operating during the pandemic, inquiring “who does this role report to?” is a positive way to show your interest into how you’ll fit into the company. 

Maintain Eye-Contact 

Have a post-it note as a reminder to smile or a listicle with key points to mention? While it is most-welcomed to maintain friendly and professional demeanor during your interview, if your eyes dart off screen frequently, it may be perceived as disinterest. It’s okay to be nervous! However, just like an in-person interview maintaining eye contact is preferred and will show you are present and confident. 

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