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The Interview Kickstart Remote Interview Survival Guide - Part 4

Posted on 
May 13, 2020
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Nick Camilleri

Interview Kickstart Remote Interview Survival Guide - Part 4

When it comes to foreign practice, it pays to get yourself prepared, and I want to thank you for taking the time to invest in your remote interviewing success.

Let’s review. In this series, we’ve discussed what to consider when preparing for remote interviews, different tools and set-ups to consider, and what could go wrong. You got this!

To wrap this series up, I’d like to share a few best practices for remote interviews.

Top 11 Tips for the Remote Interview

  1. Create “eye contact” by looking directly into the camera. This will feel awkward, but it will look natural on the other side. 
  2. Treat this as you would for any onsite interview. Ask questions, guide the interviewer through your thought process, and explain your solutions. 
  3. When it comes to communication, remember that both verbal and non-verbal cues are important to get right. 
  4. Make an effort to smile, show enthusiasm, and engage in the conversation. Don’t forget to also be positive throughout.
  5. Practice proper posture with your chest up and chin high. 
  6. Show active listening by nodding and other affirmations while they are speaking.
  7. When asking questions, give them a second to reduce latency or lag (as opposed to interrupting with a comment like “Can you hear - wait - ok - I think - wait, sorry go ahead”).
  8. Need a break? Just politely request for one.
  9. Don’t cheat. Being remote presents the opportunity for you to have study aids with you. You may be tempted, but if you have a cheatsheet or sneakily search online for information during your interview, your interviewer may pick up on this. It may sound funny, but we have heard horror stories of candidates being disqualified after ‘sharing the wrong screen,’ or after the reflection from their glasses revealed foul-play. Avoid being one of those people.
  10. If you are running out of time, ask if you can assume some function signatures and not bother to run all test-cases.
  11. When they ask if you have questions for them, be prepared as if you were local. Questions are always good to have on hand as they demonstrate interest for the position and company.

3 Accessories to Think About:

  1. Keep a pencil and a notepad next to you so you can take notes when needed. 
  2. Turn off notifications (email, social media, Whatsapp, Slack, etc).
  3. Water (in case you get thirsty with back-to-back interviews)

#1 Post-interview Hack

  1. Audit your performance by jotting down any notes about the interview. You will be able to reflect and improve from one interview to the next.

Final Remarks

COVID-19 and the resulting shelter-in-place mandates have created new obstacles for all of us, and in many ways, video-conferencing technology has provided a sense of normalcy. It has allowed us to maintain a level of connectivity with family, friends, and colleagues that would otherwise have been challenging to say the least. 

At Interview Kickstart, it opened the door for us to continue serving our students, who remain as hungry and dedicated as ever. It has allowed us to reconnect with alumni, faculty, and advisors, without whom, this guide would not have been possible. You guys rock! 

Most importantly, it has allowed millions of people to continue working and interviewing so that you may continue on your journey toward upleveling in your career.   

Remember that video interviews are quite similar to traditional onsites with the added convenience for you and the interviewer of taking it from the safety of your own home. It may take some getting used to, so we recommend that you utilize your tools and set up during your virtual mock interviews. 

With a little planning and some attention to detail, your video interview will feel like any other onsite. Only in this case, you won’t need to drive home to start the celebration after a job well done. 

If you found the lessons in this guide to be valuable, and feel that it could benefit any of your loved ones, please share it with them.  

As always if there is anything we can do to assist in your next career transition, please reach out and let us know.  

Happy Prepping! And, of course, stay safe, stay healthy.

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Nick Camilleri
Head of Career Coaching - Interview Kickstart
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