The recent COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for hiring remotely. Thanks to tools like Skype and Google Hangouts, candidates can enjoy the benefits of a face-to-face interview without actually having to be physically present.
Here are some do’s and don’ts to consider when dealing with remote hiring.
- Know how to use the software you are using. Whether it’s Skype, Google Hangouts or another platform, know how to use the technology to best effect. Fumbling over the controls will not instill confidence in your IT capabilities.
- Find a quiet environment away from every kind of distraction and make sure everyone nearby knows not to interrupt you.
- Make sure your environment is not too hot or too cold, sweating or shivering will not help your cause.
- Adjust your lighting to avoid shadows or over-exposure. Soft, natural lighting is your best bet. Try and make sure that you have light from both sides of your face.
- Sit in front of a neutral coloured background to create a professional-looking backdrop that does not compete with your wardrobe.
- Look straight into the camera, which needs to be at eye level. This way, it appears on the other end that you are looking right at the other person. Make eye contact naturally just as you would at a face to face meeting.
- Write a script. Know what you plan to say, rehearse it and post it on cue cards behind the camera to remind you of all the key points.
- Don’t talk too much when you are giving answers to questions or in describing your background and experience. Your interview is about the other person getting all the information they need, not about you telling them as much as possible.
- Don’t have a greasy face as it will show on camera. If necessary wash and dry your face before your interview.
- Don’t move around too much. Stay still and focused, and don’t use a swivel or a reclining chair.
- Don’t get distracted by other windows or programs on your computer or phone. Also make sure ring and notification tones on your phone are switched off during your meeting.The only thing on your screen should be the other person’s face. Avoid looking out windows or doors and becoming distracted by anything off-screen.
- Don’t show too much skin. Dress in the same professional attire that you would wear to an in-person interview. When in doubt smart it out!
With these tips, you can be sure to make a good impression on the interviewer and stand a better chance at being considered for the job.