Top 5 Remote Online Interview Tips During Lockdown
COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives, but none has been impacted quite as much as the recruitment industry. For a while, it seemed like most businesses would stop hiring altogether — after all, they struggled even to operate. But luckily, our digital technology came to the rescue, allowing many industries to continue working online.
Now, many businesses are hiring again. But one key aspect of recruiting — the interview — has changed drastically. Instead of going to the offices to meet your employers, now you’re simply expected to turn on your laptop. And though online interviews may sound so much easier to do, they still require some preparation. So, here are a few tips to help you breeze through your next interview!
1. Test Your Technology Beforehand
Showing up just when the interview starts without checking your video and audio is asking for disaster. Many things can go wrong with your technology, and the last thing you want is to keep your interviewers waiting. Instead, make sure to test your camera and microphone beforehand and remove any potentially embarrassing filters!
2. Dress to Impress
Yes, indeed, the interviewers will only see your head and shoulders during the conversation. Still, that doesn’t mean you should wear your pyjama bottoms! Dress as if you’re meeting your employers in person — simple but professional. It will give you a boost of confidence you’ll surely need.
3. Make Eye Contact
Of course, you won’t be able to make eye contact like you would in person. But you can look focused and confident and avoid any sort of distractions. Simply put, act as if you’re in an actual, in-person interview. The circumstances may be different, but the rules are the same!
4. Ensure Your Surroundings Are Quiet
People talking in the background, loud noises, and needy pets will distract both you and the employers. When preparing for the interview, make sure you find a quiet room just for yourself. That way, you can focus entirely on the questions and present yourself in the best possible light.
5. Treat It Like Any Other Interview
Whether it’s online or not, an interview is still an interview. It’s an opportunity for you to show off your skills and market yourself, so you need to prepare for it as such. Rehearse commonly asked questions, research the company, and be polite and engaging. And don’t forget to thank the interviewers for their time!
Equipped with these tips, you should ace your online interview without fail. If you still have some questions, though, or need more advice, don’t hesitate to contact Corr Recruitment. We’ll be more than happy to help you land your dream job!