Interviewing for a job right now is a little different than usual. Instead of sitting across from your potential employer and getting a feel for the company in person, you might be calling into Zoom, Google Meet, or BlueJeans. That makes it harder for you to make an impression on the people interviewing you, and for them to gauge whether you’ll be a good fit for the role.
Here are four things you should think about before logging on for a remote interview:
- Practice makes perfect: Video platforms tend to mute emotions and may be difficult to navigate. Do a mock interview with a friend to get familiar with the platform beforehand and assess whether your emotions are coming through over a screen.
- Prepare for the worst: Ask for a phone number in case you run into internet problems, and prevent any surprises by warning your interviewer if you think you might be interrupted by a child or pet.
- Appearances matter: Without many physical cues to read, your appearance on screen is one of the few things interviewers have to pick up on. Make sure you’re dressed appropriately, think about your background, and make sure you’re looking at the right place (it’s not just the camera!).
- Use the situation to your advantage: All companies are facing new challenges in adapting to work mid-pandemic. Prepare stories that show you’re flexible and work well under pressure, and ask questions that indicate you’re thinking about the logistical and interpersonal aspects of being onboarded remotely.