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“Do you want to access talent everywhere, or just in specific markets? If the answer is everywhere, you need to be at least open to the possibility of remote work.” – Katie Burke.

 

While there are some things common to all interview preparation—like knowing your strengths and weaknesses—preparing for a remote job interview requires taking a few unique steps to ensure you make the best impression possible.

Here are 7 tips that can help you increase your chances of finding your dream remote job.

 

1- Plan ahead

Like any job interview, it is essential to think ahead when planning what you will say. While there’s no way to know what the interviewer will ask you, it’s a good idea to get to know the company’s priorities and brainstorm questions you might be asked. Make some notes on what your responses should be and how you can put your best foot forward. 

 

2- Choose your spot wisely

Whether it’s a phone interview or a video interview, make sure you have the interview someplace that’s distraction-free. The last thing you want is the sounds of children fighting,  barking dogs, intrusive roommates, or a neighbor’s lawnmower in the background.

 

3- Set up your office

If you don’t already have one, create a home office. It’s important to present yourself as the true professional that you are. Having an area in your home dedicated to work will make the impression that you’ll be serious about your job and that you’re someone who won’t be easily distracted by random temptations.

Now, look over your office with the most critical eye you can. Your workspace should look clean and tidy. The dust probably won’t show up, but the empty soda cans, piles of laundry, or kid’s toys will.

Is there anything that someone might find objectionable? Maybe a political campaign sticker or a scantily clad lady poster? Hide them before the interview.

 

4- Learn the remote meeting platform of choice for the interviewer

If you are given the choice to interview on Skype or Zoom, choose the one you are the most comfortable with. Most positions require a good sense of tech-savvy these days. You need to appear confident to handle the equipment and technology. So do a practice session or mock interview with a friend, if you can, before the actual event.

 

5- Know the company’s goals

Spend some time on the company’s website. What is their primary service or product line?

Try to get in the mind of the company CEO and consider what you can add to what they are already doing.  Knowing how to succeed in your interview greatly benefits getting that job you want.

 

6- Dress appropriately

The proper attire can put you in the correct frame of mind and encourage a positive first impression. So, even if you know it’s a phone interview and the other person will never see you, dress up anyway. You never know when someone might want to switch to video.

The standard of what to wear to a job interview rules is still the same. You still need to look professional when working from your home office for most roles. 

 

7- Be ready

At least 10 minutes before the scheduled interview, ensure everything is in place—including you! Being out of breath because you ran to get the phone doesn’t exactly show the person on the other end that their call is the most important thing going on during your morning.

If you’re interviewing over the Internet, enter the meeting a few minutes early. This lets you check your equipment one last time and shows you’re prompt and ready to go. It also gives you a few minutes to do some deep breathing or relaxation techniques if needed.

 

WEEKLY VOCABULARY 🗣

📌Promptly: with little or no delay; immediately.

📌In-person: with the personal presence or action of the individual specified.

📌Chaotic: in a state of complete confusion and disorder.

📌Disorganized: not properly planned and controlled.

📌Mock interview: an emulation of a job interview used for training purposes.

 

PHRASAL VERBS

📌Carry out: perform a task.

“In my current job, I carry out many important duties/tasks.”

📌Keep up: move or progress at the same rate as someone or something else.

“I need to keep up with new technology.”

 

IDIOMS 📒

📌To make a good impression: to impress, create a good feeling, and give people a good opinion.

📌To give the wrong impression: to give somebody the wrong idea, the incorrect feeling, the mistaken view, the unsound belief.

 

Related Articles:

📌4 tips for a successful Phone Interview https://www.englishpriority.com/4-tips-for-a-successful-phone-interview/

📌Most common Job Interview questions part 1 https://www.englishpriority.com/mostcommonjobinterviewquestionspart1/

📌Effective Oral Presentations for Non-Native English Speakers  https://www.englishpriority.com/effective-oral-presentations-for-non-native-english-speakers/





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