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6 months ago by Silvana Hawkes

5 Remote Interviewing Techniques for Candidates

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Since the start of the pandemic, remote working has become the new normal. This change in the way we work has led to an increase in remote interviewing. While remote interviewing follows a similar process to face-to-face interviews, it can be easy to think they are less formal or do not require the same level of professionalism, but it’s imperative that you treat the same as a traditional interview. 

Let’s take a look at 5 remote interviewing techniques for candidates that can help you prepare for your next remote interview. 

1. Test your technology

Once it has been determined which platform you will use for the interview, check that it is set up correctly and working. Make sure you test your audio and video to avoid making a bad first impression. 

2. Dress appropriately

While a remote interview may seem less informal than a face-to-face interview, you should still treat it the same. It can be tempting to dress casually but ensure you dress the same as you would if you were attending an interview in the office. 

3. Make eye contact

Just as you would in a face-to-face interview, make sure you maintain eye contact with your interviewer throughout the duration of the interview. It can be easier to get distracted on a remote interview, so make sure you chose a quiet place to limit noise and interruptions. Check your phone is on silent, place any pets in another room and tell other members of your household not to disturb you.

4. Keep your CV to hand

Print your CV and have it next to you on your desk rather than on your screen. This can help you stay focused and avoid you getting distracted by flicking between different tabs or screens. 

5. Do your prep

Just as you would for a face-to-face interview, make sure you do your prep. Research the company and the position and prepare and rehearse your key questions and answers to avoid long pauses or awkward silences.