The tips for success in remote interviews! What details should HR managers pay attention to?

Long-distance interviewing is a new challenge for both college students and transferees. We must first be familiar with some tips and tricks for a successful interview and also consider all kinds of unexpected risks that could occur online. MAYO has compiled some essential preparation work that you should do to stand out in remote interviews.

A successful interview scales with your amount of preparation

Currently, the epidemic has interrupted many in-person activities. College students have been impacted most by the transition to remote learning and online annual recruitment events. Some say that this is an opportunity for change, while others say that the essence of interviews remains unchanged. What does a quality interview and resume look like within the standards of corporate HR?

Remote interview system is more than just a video conference space!

According to MAYO’s long-term exchange of opinions with corporate HR, we realize that the goal of the general interview is nothing more than understanding the interviewee’s hard and soft skills, values, and compatibility with the company’s culture. Through writing, conversation, interaction, and observation, MAYO realizes that aside from credentials, the preparation of the interviewee will affect HR’s decisions the most. Having worked with several multinational companies before, I would like to share my experience with remote interviews.

Remote interviews expose your risks under the following situations

How well you prepared can be easily recognized during the remote interview process. The following are a comprehensive list of three tips for success established from numerous HR discussions.

1. The setup is part of the preparation

Hello! Can you hear my voice?

I believe we are both familiar with this sentence. A good interview experience requires a stable internet connection, clear sound, and proper visual background. An unstable internet connection could lead to intermittence during the interview. Even if your interviewer sympathizes with you and understands your difficulties, it might still give your interviewer an unprofessional image. Therefore, MAYO suggests that job seekers should avoid using unstable mobile networks and find a space that is private and suitable for interview.

I once met a candidate who came for a remote interview; overall, the experience was smooth and pleasant. Towards the end of the interview, I inadvertently said, “Wow! I just had the smoothest interview experience so far.” The candidate told me that in order to prepare for the interview, he not only rented a conference room but also practice the interview process several times. Imagine you are the hiring manager in this case, would you hire the candidate or not?

2. Formality implies capability

Sometimes long-distance interviews may lower your guards down, and we may forget the fact that any interview is a formal occasion. The most common examples for this are inappropriate dress code, cluttered background, and being mentally unprepared, etc.

Don’t forget that any interview is a formal occasion. (Image source: Pixabay)

3. Gestures bring advantages

People who often hold video conferences knows that video chats aren’t as comprehensive as face-to-face conversations and are vocally and visually incomplete. In fact, most of the communicative features such as body language, intonation, volume, and facial expressions are less apparent during remote interviews.

I suggest that candidates can apply gestures, pauses between speech, and focus on the camera lens to impress the interviewer. These three tips offer interviewers a unique experience. It is a pity to see candidates who perform well in in-person interviews but are nervous when facing the camera.

In addition, there is another small trick. If your interviewer permits, a short presentation may be a good way to create an impressive interview experience through screensharing.

Remote interviews are not something new, but now you need to learn it more than ever.

Currently, many online recruitment platforms are specializing in job vacancies such as “remote work” and “remote interviews” due to the wild spread of the epidemic. For instance, one of the MAYO’s corporate customers, Yourator, focuses on reducing the risk of infection during the hiring process and suggests remote interview when hiring new employees.

The launch of the recruitment platform’s functions has further verified the need of enterprises for remote interviews. As a job applicant, being familiar with remote interviews becomes a necessary skill in the modern day.

Yourator indicates whether the remote interview options are available within job vacancies

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