Job interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience, but they are an opportunity to showcase your skills and knowledge to a potential employer.
Preparing for a job interview involves more than just rehearsing answers to common interview questions. It also involves researching the company, understanding the job requirements, and how your strengths align with the role.
By being proactive and confident in the interview, you can make a strong impression and increase your chances of landing the job.
In this guide, you will learn essential remote job interview tips, and we recommend you also read our guide on remote job interview questions to help.
Be prepared to talk about your resume.
Be ready to discuss your work experience, education, and other relevant information on your resume. Make notes to explain any gaps in employment or changes in career path.
Focus on your accomplishments and skills. During the interview, be sure to emphasize your achievements and skills that are relevant to the position. Provide specific examples to illustrate your points.
Be honest. If you don’t know the answer to a question, it’s okay to admit it. It’s better, to be honest.
Prepare for behavioral questions.
Some interviews may include questions that ask you to describe how you have handled certain situations in the past.
To prepare for these types of questions, think about times when you have demonstrated the skills or qualities the interviewer is seeking, and be prepared to describe those experiences in detail.
Get ready for a video interview.
Unlike an office-based job, when you apply for a remote job, you should prepare for video interviews.
- Set up your workspace: Choose a quiet and well-lit location for your interview. Make sure you have a reliable internet connection and a laptop or desktop with a webcam.
- Test your audio and video settings: Before the interview, check that your microphone and speaker are working correctly and that your webcam shows a clear image. Consider having a video call with a family member or friend to test your gear and internet.
- Check your surroundings: Make sure that you are facing natural light and that there’s nothing distractive in the background. Do not have the camera pointing at a window, as that will cause lighting issues, and you want the interviewer to see you.
This in-depth guide on preparing for video job interviews is a good read based on my experiences.
Next, let’s go through some general remote job interview tips to help you stand out from other candidates.
- Dress appropriately: Even though the interview is happening remotely, you should still dress professionally to show the interviewer you are taking the interview seriously.
- Use professional body language: Just like in an in-person interview, you should make eye contact with the interviewer and sit straight. Avoid looking away from the camera.
- Have necessary equipment ready: Have a pen and paper handy in case you need to take notes or jot down any important information. It would help if you also had your resume and any work samples or portfolio pieces ready to reference during the interview.
- Show enthusiasm: It’s essential to show the interviewer that you are interested in the job and excited about the opportunity. Engage with the interviewer and ask questions to show your enthusiasm.
- Ask questions: The interview is not just an opportunity for the interviewer to assess your fit for the role but also for you to determine if the job is a good fit for you. Ask any questions you have about the job or the company.
Trust in your abilities and prepare as much as you can beforehand.
Go into the interview with a positive attitude and confidence in your skills and experience. After all, they invited you to the interview because they see you have potential, so show them why.