In legal recruitment, the remote interview has become the ‘new normal’. Whether you’re the interviewer hoping to attract top talent, or the interviewee looking to impress—there’s much you can do to make yourself stand out from the competition. This is how to nail the remote video interview.
Have a tech rehearsal
Check your camera, lighting, microphone, internet connection. Whether it’s a panel interview, one-on-one conversation, or a pre-recording session—invest time mastering the technology.
Have a dummy run as close to the real thing as possible. So get a friend involved if it helps. Don’t leave this to the interview day, prepare a day or 2 before the interview. Know what could go wrong and why.
Have a backup plan
Things have a habit of going wrong at the worst possible time—a technical glitch, a toddler needing attention, the neighbour having a drumming lesson...so what’s the alternative if you can’t deal with it swiftly and carry on? Make sure you have the phone number and email address you need at your fingertips, so you can get on the phone to either continue the interview, or hatch a new plan.
Dress to impress (including your background)
First impressions count, so dress as if this was a face-to-face interview and put effort into revealing a bit about yourself in the background too. Some carefully placed photos, books, art, trophies—they can all help tell someone more about you.
This counts whether you’re the interviewer or the candidate. Both of you are looking for clues that tell you more about each other. Sure, you may have limited options here, but so many people simply plump for a blank background. This is your chance to step it up.
If you’re the interviewer, this means having the CV in front of you, a list of questions and a clear idea of what you want to learn. Also prepare how you’ll end the interview and what the next steps are.
If you’re the candidate, outline 3 or 4 key things you want the interviewer to to know about you by the end of the interview and have them written in front of you. Think of examples in your head beforehand that demonstrate the skills mentioned in your CV. And have a question or 2 ready to ask them.
Lights, Camera, Action!
You’re on! Can they see you? Do you look a bit grainy? Lighting is your friend, so make sure you have enough of it and it’s in the right place. Put a light in front of your computer and don’t sit directly in front of a window because it will put you in the shade.
Check your body language
- Sit up straight, allow some space between talking.
- Show you’re listening when someone else is talking.
- For eye contact, look at the camera, not the video image.
- Look for clues in their body language that show they’re engaged.
- Don’t look down at your phone - even subtle glances are easy to spot.
So be on time, prepare to wow, and you may even end up enjoying the remote interview! And if you’re looking for fantastic job opportunities then check out our latest vacancies or call us today.
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