Making a good impression is harder when you are interviewing remotely

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.

Arnab Ghosh

My name is Arnab Ghosh. I have been working as a Corporate professional for the past 19 years. After completing my graduation from City College {University of Calcutta}, I started my career with R.S.Software India, followed by Vedika Software Pvt.Ltd. Have worked with industry giants such as Convergys, Satyam Nipuna Services, Wipro BPO, Tata Teleservices Limited, Aircel, TaxiForSure, Brainware University among others. I am a certified trainer from Aircel Academy – Manager As a Coach & Trainer. I have also completed certifications from TBO Academy & Alison Education in the field of “Soft Skills“, the knowledge of which I apply to my students at my University regularly. I have also successfully completed “The Fundamentals of Digital Marketing” certification from Google and “Digital Marketing Course” from TBO Academy. I was awarded “Google Analytics for Beginners” certificate by Google after successfully completing their course. I have achieved CEFR level B2 (Upper Intermediate) in a test of English proficiency from the British Council English Score. I am a bundle of drive, energy, commitment, and dedication and firmly believe in living my life in my own terms, be it working my heart out to achieve business targets or enjoying my spare time doing things that give me joy and feelings of contentment. My hobbies include reading books & listening to music and blogging. I sincerely believe that one should never lose focus in life and that one has to put in a lot of hard work & effort to reach the top.