How to Ace the Remote Interview
With more and more remote work opportunities available you might be wondering how you can land that job that allows you to work from home (or anywhere else in the world with wifi.) How great would it be to avoid the morning commute and get the entire pot of coffee to yourself? Yeah, pretty great. However, just because there are perks to working remotely that make life easier, doesn’t mean you don’t have to work just as hard to land the position. In fact, since there is limited opportunity for a potential employer to interact with you personally, you might have to work even harder! With an increased applicant pool due to limitless location, you’re first going to want to make sure your resume stands out, then you’re going to want to prep for that remote interview.
Here are some things you can do to prepare for and then ace that remote interview:
- Create an office space. One that will be dedicated to your job. Your potential employer is very likely to ask you about your workspace and the privacy it provides.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the tools that will be required to connect with your employer. Will you be using a virtual meeting space, like GoToMeeting? Do you need a webcam or other equipment? How’s the wifi connection? Understand your possible barriers and remove them before you meet for an interview.
- Share your own self-motivating tricks and tips. Your interviewer will be looking for signs that they won’t have to worry about your productivity during work hours. If you have a side project, share the details as an example.
- Treat the remote interview as you would an in-person interview. Dress appropriately, sit up straight, be aware of your surroundings (like that sink of dirty dishes in the background…) All of these things will make an impression. Also, have questions prepared, have a pen and notebook handy and remove any distractions that could knock you off your game.
- Actually TRY working from home. If you don’t already, there are some things that you might not enjoy, or that you might even find downright challenging about working from home. Be sure that you are actually able to work from home, then speak to your experience doing so during your interview.
A final thought, if you’re given the choice between an in-person interview or a remote interview, choose the in-person option if at all possible. It’s much easier to build a positive rapport in person.
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