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A bit of this and that for Remote interviews

A reality check! – Being in front of a camera lens staring right back at us makes most of us nervous. It’s a daunting situation and most of us end up making mistakes that we don’t intend to. Skype, Zoom, Bottim and Microsoft team has been the popular applications for online interview. If you have never given an online interview before it can be challenging.

Here are a few tips that can make transmission much easier!

1. You don’t know what you don’t know! Check with recruiter what service they will be using, approx. time for the interview and how many people will be in the conference to join you. It’s okay to go back to recruiter a second time to clarify all the details.

2.  Sorry but not sorry – When I was presenting myself on Microsoft team the first time I was a bit concerned as I had never used the application before. Rather than explaining the employer on how you aren’t tech savvy and haven’t ever used the particular app, just pop up few you tube videos and familiarize yourself with the app, try using its feature with a family member or friend beforehand to make sure everything goes smooth.

3.  Light, camera, Action! It’s a very important aspect of online interview. Some apps such as zoom allow you to have an artificial background while you talk but its best if you do keep a natural background with a neat environment. Make sure you have sufficient light in room to give your camera a good quality image. I have pitched in my own online interview picture in the end to demonstrate the surroundings! 

4. Make sure you are sitting in a quite environment.

5. On time is late! – Set up ten minutes early to avoid spot on fuss.

6. Dress to impress – Wear proper formal clothes that you would have chosen to wear in your face to face interview. Use simple and decent dressing with a blazer maybe and give a light makeup touch as you want to look good in front of the camera!

7. Practice makes the man perfect– Do practice for the interview once, it will give you the room for improvement. Test your equipment beforehand to make sure everything is working fine.

8. Do the company background search and familiarize yourself with the information.

9. Write the questions and keep in hand you want to ask the employer.

10. Keep your resume copy in front of you.

I hope this helps! Best of luck! Lastly, this was the screenshot I made my brother took 10 minutes before my interview to make sure everything was working fine and image quality was good.

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