Interview Tips

Interview Tips

It is becoming increasingly common for 1st stage interviews to be either a telephone or video call. Unfortunately, all too often a poor remote interview can cut short your application. As with face-to-face interviews, remote interviews usually go badly due to a lack of preparation. Below are some simple tips on how best to prepare for a successful remote interview.

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Choose the right location (Video or telephone interview)

  1. Ensure you choose a location with a good mobile phone or Wi-Fi signal and ensure you have a full battery charge on your device.
  2. Ensure the location is quiet, and somewhere you will not be disturbed or distracted.
  3. If you are having a video-call, try to use a computer as opposed to a phone or tablet.
  4. Position the lap-top in front of a window or light source. This will ensure that your face is clear on the video and ensure there is no glare on the screen.
  5. Raise your screen up so that your camera is at eye level. This will help you keep your chin up and ensure clearer speech.

Prepare for the call

  1. Research the company by visiting their website and social media pages.
  2. Make a mental note of the products or services the company provides, and how the company demonstrates its culture and values.
  3. Review the job description / advert prior to interview.
  4. Have examples of when you have demonstrated the key skills or tasks associated with the vacancy.
  5. Prepare a list of questions that you may want to ask. This will demonstrate organisation and preparation on your part.

The interview

  1. Be confident and speak clearly (if on the phone, standing up has the benefit of projecting more confidence and puts less pressure on your diaphragm resulting in clearer speech).
  2. Be careful not to talk over your interviewer(s) no matter how keen you are to answer their questions.
  3. Answer the question that is asked, expanding where you can but be careful not to waffle.
  4. End the call positively by thanking the interviewer(s) for their time.
  5. If it is an opportunity you think you would like to progress, confirm your interest in the role and ask what the next steps might be.

Use the tips above to overcome your nerves and make a lasting impression on the Hiring Manager. Remember, you only get one chance to make a great first impression!