While hiring has slowed, it hasn’t stopped altogether. Many employers are still recruiting – they’re just doing it remotely.

Here are six steps to nailing that remote interviewing, and bagging the job.

Your setup

Sit down and turn your camera on, what can be seen? 

Arrange your face at the center of the screen. Check the position or height of your laptop to get the angle right, so you’re not looking down at the camera. Take a look around the space. Clear away clutter and make the area tidy. 

Be aware of noise or distractions that might interrupt you, like housemates in the kitchen, or pets. Find a quiet space that allows you to focus.

Try a test run

With so many video conferencing platforms, it’s easy to get confused. Whether it’s Webex, Zoom, Skype, or Teams, practice with a friend to learn the platform being used.

There is nothing worse than your connection freezing halfway through the interview, be sure to check that your internet is working correctly. 

Keep calm is things go wrong. Have a backup plan in place. Ask for the mobile number or email address of the interviewer in case there are any technical difficulties throughout the interview.

Get organized  

Prepare some answers to possible interview questions. Keep them brief so that you can speak freely and naturally in the interview.

Maintain eye contact with your interviewer, place your notes in sight, but not directly in front of you. 

You may also need to refer to your CV. It would be helpful to have it on hand.

Dress the part

It sounds a bit silly, but do get fully dressed – not only is it professional, but it also puts you in the right frame of mind to have a formal conversation.

Show your personality

Let your warmth and humor shine through.

Relax, laugh, use hand gestures and body language to tell a story just like you would in person (be sure you give yourself enough space to do this during your practice run, so you don’t knock anything over!)

Send a follow-up email

Make sure to send a follow-up email to your interviewer to thank them for meeting with you. Consider including a few points you spoke about in your interview to remind them of your discussion.

You might also share additional thoughts on the point of discussion or a few ideas for what you’d do in the role. This extra effort shows the interviewer how serious you are about wanting the position, and it might just be the additional momentum you need to edge out the other candidates and get the job.

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