There seems to be a misconception amongst people applying to work from home jobs that the remote interview is easier than an in-person one. That is simply not true. If anything, given the global coronavirus pandemic, there’s a rise in remote interviews, and they’re becoming more and more of the norm.
Naturally, someone looking for a home-based job will want to make the best possible impression during their remote interview.
What is the best way to get ready for a remote job interview?
One of the most common pieces of advice going into most anything is “be yourself.” That’s all well and good, but of course, there’s more to it than just that. Here are some tips to make your remote interview go well so you can land that job:
Be appropriately dressed
Most people tend to fall back on the old saying that goes “dress to impress” when it’s time for important events. However, it’s also vital to remember the importance of being appropriate to what the situation—or in this case, position—calls for. Find the balance between being overdressed or underdressed. Try to keep your clothing simple in that there are neither splashy patterns nor logos, as those can be quite distracting.
Additionally, assess whether or not a haircut—and shave, where applicable—is needed. Get that done beforehand in order to present yourself in a neat, polished light. For women, wearing light make-up is also recommended. Make-up can make you feel confident, so adding some color to your cheeks, grooming your eyebrows, and wearing lipstick that’s close to your natural lip color are advised.
Keep the environment quiet
As much as possible, make sure little to no noise can be heard during your interview. If you have children, consider having them stay with a relative or friend even for just a few hours. If you have a dog, see about getting someone to take him or her for a walk. Don’t have any music running in the background, and keep the television off.
Make sure the area you’ll be staying in during the interview is prepped well
The last impression you want to give off is unprofessional and disorganized. For those reasons alone, the last thing you want to do is have your interview in a room that’s messy. Having personal items and/or children’s toys strewn about and in plain sight will be incredibly counterproductive. On top of that, you’re going to end up exposing the interviewer to information that’s not necessary or related to the job in question.
Run a test run so you can see exactly what the interviewer will see around you and in the background during your interview. Keep things clean, neat, and as neutral as possible.
Working from home is becoming more popular nowadays. As a result, a lot of job interviews are done remotely, too. In order to best prepare for one, dress appropriately, keep the environment quiet, and make sure the area you’re staying in is prepped well.
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