While the Coronavirus Pandemic is at its final stages, the impact it has left on the future of work is massive. Remote work is considered the new norm. An Upwork survey discovered that one out of four Americans will be working remotely this year. By 2025, nearly 36.2 million Americans will be working remotely. It is an 87 percent increase prior to the pandemic. From hiring candidates to everyday work, remote works seem to prevail in the future.
Remote work interviews may seem intimidating, it is not as big of a challenge as one might think. They are not as from regular in-person interviews. The general tips are still the same. It is still necessary to dress for the part, look presentable, be there on time, ask questions, and stay engaged with the interviewer.
Nonetheless, there are a few things to keep in mind when interviewing remotely. Here are some tips that will help you ace a virtual interview and get the job whether you are an industry vet or a new member of the workforce.
Have proper preparation
In many ways, preparing for a remote interview is similar to preparing for a normal interview. Here are a few things you should do in advance:
- Research the company
- Plan your outfit
- Prepare for common interview questions
- Brainstorm ways to use technology to your advantage when interviewing remotely (more on this later!)
- Come up with examples of how you responded to different workplace situations that could be part of interview questions
- Make a shortlist of questions you have for the interviewer
Ask about what you should expect and get familiar with the technology
Being inquisitive is always a good habit to have. It helps you discover certain challenges and uncover better solutions. Therefore, don’t be afraid about asking your queries ahead of your interview. For example, once you have your interview scheduled, make sure you get to know what video conferencing tool the company utilizes and give it a couple of tries to avoid any last-minute inconveniences.
You also need to know which external technologies would be incorporated in the interview. Remote interviews, especially for technical positions, will likely use resources such as pair-coding or whiteboard resources. A good is candidates being asked to use Coderpad for technical interviews.
Address Disruptions and Move On
Like any other video call, you should take it in a quiet space with a good internet connection to avoid lags, disruptive background, noises, and screen freezing. However, it is okay if your personal life intervenes. Most employers are understanding of certain situations.
Disruptions are a natural part as the interview is not conducted in the most controlled environment. And, if something does come up, take a minute to address them and just move on with the rest of the interview.
Take your time and stay engaged
Video calls can be very difficult at times. They haven’t been perfected and oddities such as slow internet, connectivity issues, or even talking at the same time at the interviewer can create major inconveniences. However, there is a very simple way around it. Take your time while answering questions. Speak clearly and fluently so that the interviewer can understand you properly. Since the interview isn’t in person, it is more difficult to read body language and tone. Therefore, be emotive, engaged, and enthusiastic during the interview.
Try to overcommunicate your thought process. This helps guarantee that you and the interviewer are on the same page. When doing so, make it clear to the interviewer about what you are doing.