Remote Interviews: How to Leave a Lasting Impression
By Rebecca Veselinovich
How we conduct ourselves in interviews leaves a lasting impression. It is important to remember technological etiquette when conducting an interview. Video interviews are becoming increasingly common in the hiring process. Whether your interview takes place via phone or video, here are some tips to make sure you land the position:
First things first, make sure to get rid of any distractions!
Silence your phone and other devices, you want to give your full and undivided attention to the interviewer. Find a quiet, well-lit spot in your home to conduct your interview. Do not lay in bed or sit on the couch; show your professionalism by sitting up straight at a table or desk. Be sure to frame yourself from the waist up, you do not want to be too close or too far away from the webcam.
Dress and feel the part
Take pride in your appearance by dressing for the part! Lastly, show the interviewer how enthusiastic you are about the position and opportunity by smiling and showing off your personality.
Speak clearly and loudly
When conducting phone interviews, it is important that you speak clearly and loudly. You do not want to have the interviewer asking you to repeat yourself because you spoke softly or mumbled. Be sure to not only answer the questions being asked of you but also expand and go into details. The interviewer wants to know about you so be sure to tell them about your accomplishments in school and extra curricular activities. A person can tell when someone is enjoying a conversation by the tone of their voice, so do not forget to smile!
Sending a thank you email is an important follow up to all interviews. Be sure to send a thoughtful message to your interviewer and show them your appreciation for taking time out of their day to speak with you. Keep the message short and sweet by including how much you enjoyed learning more about the position and the company. Mention specifics, tell the interviewer what you enjoyed most from the conversation to really stand out and leave a lasting impression. A thank you email is just as important as the interview itself, and you never know, it could be the deciding factor of whether you get the position!