6 Tips for Interviewing Remotely

Interviewing remotely can be a challenge. It’s relatively easy to put your best foot forward when you have the opportunity to meet with a hiring manager face to face, but video interviewing opens up the opportunity for a number of potential problems, and it can be tough to know how to approach the process.

With an increase of remote hiring practices taking place, especially considering the sudden influx of employees and companies conducting business from home, we’ve compiled these 5 tips for acing your video interview.

1. Get Prepared

Just because you’re interviewing from the comfort of your own home, it doesn’t give you the opportunity to skip past the preparation process. Just like any other interview, it’s important to brush up on your knowledge of the company you’re interviewing with and prepare a list of questions to ask the hiring manager.

2. Clean Up Your Space

Make sure the space you’ll be interviewing from is clean, tidy, and professional looking. You also may want to consider removing any items from the background of your video to ensure the interviewer’s full attention is on you. Setting up your space in front of a blank wall with plenty of natural light is always a great idea. If natural light isn’t possible, make sure you’re in a well-lit environment.

3. Focus on the Camera

It’s easy to get distracted when you’re not interviewing face to face. Make sure you’re spending the majority of your time focusing on camera, and not looking down at your notes or paying attention to how you appear in the webcam window.

4. Minimize Distractions

When you’re preparing to interview from home, make sure there’s minimal background activity that may distract you from the task at hand. If you have pets, consider removing them from the room. Ensure your family is aware that you’ll need a quiet space to yourself, and be sure to turn your phone volume off and close out any additional browser windows while the interview is taking place.

5. Stay Confident

Interviewing remotely can be just as, if not more, nerve-wracking than interviewing in person. It’s important to remember to relax, take a deep breath, and make sure that you’re speaking slowly, clearly, and confidently.

6. Dress to Impress 

Interviewing from home isn’t an excuse to wear sweatpants – make sure you dress the part, even if your interviewer can only see your face. Dressing appropriately for an interview, no matter where you are, can help you project confidence and professionalism into your delivery, and helps put you in a great mindset to ace your interview.

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