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How To Crush A Job Interview - Remotely

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How To Crush A Job Interview - Remotely

Many people are currently facing a job search right now, so you’re certainly not alone. There are record numbers of people filing for unemployment benefits in the U.S. and half of the global workforce is at risk of losing their incomes. Whatever the reason you’re looking for a new position - layoffs, making a change, or were already searching when the pandemic hit, looking for a job in these current trying times is definitely a different process. But how different is it really? How has this pandemic affected how you approach searching for a new position? Think about those questions and make sure you take advantage of being available on every platform possible, especially Healthcare Consultant if you're looking for a healthcare role.


Utilize Your Network

It’ll be much easier to get a job in this climate by utilizing who you know, especially for more senior or consulting positions. When hiring managers are slammed with a stack of resumes or portfolios, they’re going to be looking for something safe, familiar, and that they can relate to. So actively encourage conversation with the people in your network and lets them know that you’re looking for a new opportunity. Post on social media and let them know you’re looking, and describe what talents you bring to the table of your future employer. You can also reach out to former colleagues who you’ve lost touch with. Send them an invitation on LinkedIn or an email asking how they’ve been, explain your situation, and ask if they have any advice or know anyone that you can be connected with. It can be tough to admit that you’re having a hard time finding work, but people genuinely want to help, even if things are a tad overwhelming right now. I recently helped a few friends of mine get interviews for positions I knew were available through my connections.

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Resume And Cover Letter Matter

One tactic to really get your cover letter noticed is to go out of your way and find/make a mutual acquaintance with the hiring manager. If you mention them and your chats in the cover letter, it can help to gain you some ground. You might also want to note that you have worked in high-pressure environments before, since most companies’ priorities right now will be aimed at onboarding people who can successfully navigate through the coronavirus changes. It’s also notable that you should keep your updated resume up on your social platforms especially if you feel like you may need to look for another job soon or are currently looking. The classic advice on your resume still holds true though.


Prepare For The Remote Interview

Granted that a large portion of the US workforce is now working from home, there’s a good chance that if you’re lucky enough to land an interview, that you’ll be doing it remotely. All standard advice about preparing and performing during an interview still applies; however, there are other things that you need to consider as well.

Technology plays a large role in remote interviewing. When the interview is scheduled be sure to ask the potential employer what video platform they’ll be using, and then spend time familiarizing yourself with how it works, especially if you’ll need to use features like screen sharing in your interview. Test out the link ahead of time. Be sure to have the interviewers contact information in the event of a technical difficulty. People will understand some technical difficulties in these trying times more than others.

Your appearance when interviewing remotely should still be professional. Choose a neutral background against a wall or away from distractions for your interview, avoid those automated backgrounds. You should also consider standing up during your interview to raise your testosterone (which increases confidence), and projects your voice better.


Practice Your Interview Ahead Of Time

Ask a friend or relative to give you some common questions, think about them, and answer them thoughtfully. When people get nervous, they tend to monitor themselves (appearance, voice, behavior), since you’ll likely be able to see yourself in your remote interview, it’s good to minimize distractions and nervousness. Be sure to rehearse in the exact spot you will be doing your interview so that you can see how you look and familiarize yourself with the space a bit.

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Have A Positive Mindset

During a remote interview, you won’t be getting the same level of non-verbal information from the interviewer. There is a lot of research that points to the fact that if we don’t have feedback, we tend to assume it’s a negative experience. We think to ourselves that something isn’t going well, and that can derail you for the entirety of the interview. So just assume the best is happening, and don’t doubt yourself and your abilities. You can even sit before the interview and mentally review all the reasons the interview is likely to go swimmingly.


Play Your Emotions Up

You want to practice being expressive during the interview. Unless you have a great set of headphones, the audio will be compressed and you lose many of the undertones, which convey emotions. Practice with a friend over video and get some feedback about the setting, tone, and your body language. Your goal is to appear as natural and at ease as possible.


Convey Positivity During Your Interview

The pandemic has made people more eager to connect with colleagues on a more personal level and your interviewer may have a higher expectation about how much warmth you convey during the interview. Follow the lead of the interviewer on small talk, but be careful how personal you let it get.


Ask Important Questions

When it’s your turn to ask some questions during an interview, you should ask all the questions people normally ask like:

  • What are your expectations for this role?
  • How will my success be measured in this position?
  • What am I not asking you that I should?
  • What is your onboarding process like for new employees?

We all know that looking for a new job definitely isn’t easy. Right now, it’s likely harder than ever. Try to be easy on yourself and remain positive during this process. Chances are, it’s not your fault you’re out of work, lots of people are in the same position. We will all bounce back, keep your head up!

How To Crush A Job Interview - Remotely
Jake Tilk

Jake is the Digital Marketing Manager for OptyConnect and Healthcare Consultant. He holds a B.B.A. in Marketing with a minor in Business from Western Michigan University and has a certification in Software Development.

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