You’ve decided to apply for a position with a company that offers remote work from home. You’ve submitted your resume, portfolio, and references, the same as you would with a standard interview.
You are contacted by the employer asking if they can schedule an interview. Are you ready to stand out from the pack? Here are four tips that can help you ace the interview.
1. Demonstrate Diligence
You should treat a job interview for a remote position with the same focus and professionalism that you would apply to an in-office interview. Because remote work positions require employees to be more self-directed, remote employers may use a few simple tests to narrow down the applicant list.
They may ask you to:
- Provide a resume, portfolio samples, and references through a specific file-sharing service.
- Complete an online questionnaire to gauge your communication style.
- Provide a detailed explanation of work samples.
When responding to their requests:
- Be prompt and polite.
- Make sure that you read all the directions carefully.
- Submit your materials in an organized manner, and in the manner requested.
These may seem like small things, but they will give you an edge over the candidate whose responses are sloppy and who demonstrates an inability to follow instructions.
2. Set the Scene
Let’s assume that you pass the initial hurdles, and the employer requests a “face-to-face” interview through video chat. The first thing an interviewer for a remote position will see (aside from your face) is what is behind you.
To an interviewer, where you’re located can be an indication of how seriously you take the position you’re applying for. Is your backdrop a clean, well-organized home office, or is it your laundry room? Are you in a private, distraction-free environment with a good internet connection, or are you wearing headphones in a crowded coffee shop?
If you’re home with kids and pets, make sure that they can’t interrupt you during the interview. Remote work allows for flexibility and work-life balance, but during an interview, the only thing you should have to worry about is making the best possible impression.
3. Appearance Matters
While one benefit of a remote work opportunity is a relaxed dress code, that doesn’t mean you can look sloppy during an interview. You should make an effort to look your best even if it’s on a small screen.
4. Be Tech-Savvy
Depending on the type of remote work you’re planning to do, an interviewer is going to want to know that you’re going to be able to manage the necessary technology.
You don’t need to know advanced programming languages, but you should be comfortable setting up a simple home network, installing new software and handling routine updates. You should also be comfortable with file-sharing platforms such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft Exchange.
You also need to be comfortable working with video conferencing. You should be able to connect to a conference call using a strong internet signal and a dedicated webcam. This isn’t as hard as it sounds, Google now offers direct video chat through its user accounts and it’s fairly easy to get started.
That said, if you’re not comfortable using video chat, it’s a critical skill that you should learn as quickly as possible. If a potential employer sends instructions on how to access a particular system, make sure you’ve tested it before the scheduled interview time.
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