How to prepare for a remote job interview?

Remote job interview

Covid-19 and its after-effects have disrupted so many of our lives. It continues to change the ways we carry out certain practices too. One such practice is the conducting of job interviews. As a result of this change, the way we perform at an interview will be assessed differently too. How then can you prepare for a remote job interview? How can you secure that work opportunity? 

In order to practice safe-distancing measures, many businesses are now conducting their interviews online. With the rise of apps like Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Team, etc, this change has been made easy. This also means that we need to engage hiring managers differently. How so? We now need to impress our potential employers without actually being physically present in front of them.

Sounding like a tough feat? Not to worry – in this article, we will be sharing some tips and tricks to help you excel at that remote job interview. This can help you secure your dream job opportunity!

 

A word of caution before we delve into the article: the following mentioned tips and tricks are information that has been generally observed across numerous work sectors. There may be instances in which specific advice may not match or suit what is expected for a specific firm, industry or job role.

As such, this written piece aims to function as a guide and should not be read as a comprehensive or exhaustive list of advice for a remote working individual. The best way to find out what may work for your success would be by conducting ample research. 

Browsing through this article could function as the first step you take into exploring different ways to prepare for remote job interviews. After all, you know yourself the best!

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Without further ado, let’s get right into the article!

1) Rehearsing for the interview

Okay, so the job interview may not be taking place in a physical office set up anymore. But, it is still crucial to ensure that you are well-prepared for the job interview online.

How can you prepare for such a circumstance? Well, rehearse for the remote job interview as you would for a normal in-person interview! After all, the biggest and perhaps most obvious change is the location of the interview.

The people, the questions, your skills and almost every other factor is most likely going to remain the same. Regardless of where and how the interview is going to be conducted!

As such, one of the best ways to ensure that you excel at that remote job interview is by making sure that you rehearse for it, as usual! Prepare any documents or portfolio materials you wish to showcase. Make sure that you have answers ready for the usual/anticipated questions.

Practising and rehearsing is always a good way to calm your nerves when preparing for an interview. Whether it happens in person or online! 😉

2) Set up your personal space

When attending a remote job interview, there are some things that can be adjusted. Because they remain in your control. One such instance is your personal space.

Before you attend the online interview, make sure you set up a space that is well-lit and rather quiet. Ensure that there are no visible or auditory distractions that can potentially affect your interview negatively.

Set aside 10 to 15 minutes prior to the interview. Just like you would have done for an in-person interview chat. Use the time to make sure your space is considerate. Ensure it is void of any possible disruptions. This includes noisy backgrounds and passers-by.

Taking this step will help to reinforce upon your potential employer exactly how serious you are about that interview. Simple steps that can greatly help you boost your performance at that online interview!

3) Take notes on the side

 

Perhaps one of the biggest allowances that a remote job interview can allow you is the slight, casual freedom within your physical space. This allows you to do what you probably wish you could have done before! Wondering what that is?

It’s the freedom to take notes on the side. Keep a notebook handy on the same table space that you’ve placed your desktop or laptop to attend the online interview. Speaking with your employers about the job scope and responsibilities? Jot down some of the points you feel the need to check in about later on.

Be smart when using this technique though! Ensure that you maintain a healthy amount of eye-contact with your interviewers. Make sure that you don’t come off distracted when taking notes down either. Use short-forms and abbreviations of words so you can get the gist of the ideas down.

You can also write down a couple of points about your own work portfolio and prior work experience. Highlight these to the hiring manager/employer at some point. Writing down points can help you stay on track. It can also ensure the most important conversation points have been covered during the interview from your end.

To wrap things up...

And there you have it – a compiled list of 3 simple steps you can take to help you nail down that remote job interview. We hope this article has helped to calm some of your nerves as you look forward to joining your new firm.

To conclude, we hope this article gives you a better idea of how you can ace an online job interview. Use these tips to play a remote job interview to your advantage! And help your job search process along!


With all that being said, we have to come to the end of this article! We wish you the best of luck ahead!

In the meantime, if you’re on the lookout for job opportunities at companies within Singapore that are looking to hire students like yourself, read on! 😉

 

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With its instant live chat feature with employers, job seekers can expect to not miss a single opportunity while receiving timely updates about their applications as well as automated reminders when they get invited for an interview.

 

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Valentin Berard

COO at GrabJobs. Valentin leads strategic and operational activities regionally. Background in Business Development and Recruitment. Passionate about social innovation, he constantly strives to find solutions to real-world problems through harnessing smart technology. Read more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valeberard/