Nine Easy Hacks That’ll Help You Crack Any Job Interview Remotely
The beauty of the job-search journey isn’t in how far you’ve come, it’s in how much farther you are willing to go.
Almost everyone looking for a new job takes up a journey of their own. Such journeys require people to be attentive and actively seeking while never losing hope in the process. We live in an age when there’s a good chance all new starters will begin their jobs remotely.
1. Understand your requirements before the job requirements
Most job seekers adopt a very haphazard modus operandi while looking for a new job. That is a weird yet true reason why most people seem to get into very long cycles of job hunting. To shorten the process, make sure you understand what job you want in the first place.
Start with clearing your mind off the kind of work you do not want to do. Then, build a profile of a company that you might want to work with. Ask yourself what kind of role or position you want along with the industry/domain of your choice. Some other points to consider include:
Location of work
Terms and conditions of work
Salary expectations along with other benefits
2. Stay proactive
For enhanced visibility in the recruitment process, make sure you prepare your resume and upload it in the job portal.
You need to be proactive. Unless you are not proactive, employers might overlook your profile. This approach puts you in a better place to take interview calls.
This will make sure that companies interested in your kind of profile can look at your resume and shortlist you. This proactive approach will increase your chances of getting interview calls faster rather than waiting for days, weeks, and months for an HR to call you and ask you for your resume.
3. Leverage your social media
Many people have woken up up to the realization that social media is a very powerful tool even for professionals. Make sure your profile is updated with a proper picture, keywords from the resume, and just a lot of people from your own professional network.
Keep looking out for job related posts. If you are on Facebook, seek out groups where job seekers can find people job providers.
LinkedIn is a great place to be for people looking for jobs.
You should update your profile, put up a decent profile picture, write keywords from your resume, build connections with recruiters & people from your own field, ask for vacancies, keep a tab on job-related posts & updates and relax your privacy settings so that recruiters can have a look at your profile for the info they are looking for.
4. Understand employer expectations
Despite all the ruckus around the “new normal”, most employers still want the same thing from their employees: maximum productivity.
Most candidates who understand this do not face a difficult time when trying to look for a job. Again, not everyone and everything makes money directly. However, each person on the team can aim to achieve maximum productivity.
If you want to understand employer expectations, make sure you:
Look for KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)
Speak to your manager to understand performance metrics
Evaluate your task sheet against the company KPIs
Record important points during meetings
During interviews, take these points up with your interviewer to understand the company’s expectations form their new recruit.
5. Take help from your network
No one is without a network; even the people who just hopped on to the social media train. That is because even before we join social media There is a good chance people on your network have already faced interviews, the kind of which you are facing now.
The people on your network can train you on the type of interview questions you might face. This is the best way to ensure that you get a heads up on the kinds of questions that will come to you.
It always helps when you are asking pointed questions to people who’ve been in your position before. Ask them about real trends in the market. Talk to them about the major interview fears you have and how to overcome them.
6. Appear Relaxed
Fidgety connection, an unstable webcam, or people in the background – there can be a lot of reasons for you to stress out even as the interview is going on.
But none of these reasons deserve to derail that interview and make employers feel you are ill-prepared. You have to make sure that you appear relaxed in these interviews. How you want to do that is totally up to you.
The first way to make sure you look calm and relaxed during these interviews is to test your tech. Once you are confident of the kind of technology you are using during the call, you should put it to test.
There could still be a few off-putting surprises during the interview. Be honest enough to admit what issues you are facing and the interviewers will definitely understand.
7. Sound drop-dead positive
The reason so many people get rejected during interviews is not because of the answers they give. It is often because they sound negative or present negative propositions.
To counter this, most studies suggest that you should sound positive during interviews. Be positive even if you do not have an answer to a question that is important or significant. This is one of the surest ways of bridging the distance between yourself and unemployment.
8. Stay succinct
A lot of people do not know when to stop answering a question. Remember, the interviewer is always on the lookout for rejecting candidates who do not speak and along with those who speak a lot.
If you need to speak a lot to answer a question, you are probably going wrong with the answer anyway. To stay succinct:
Quickly jot down the talking points
Answer only as much as you know
Do not answer questions that have not been asked yet
Speak less if you know less.
9. Establish trust
Creating a warm feeling in the interview goes a long way in helping you win the trust of the interviewers. This is also one of the easiest ways to make the interview longer than scheduled. Always start with a smile, end with a smile, and for as long as possible, keep smiling.
Never reveal sensitive information about your present employer to the interviewer. This will show that you are not someone that can be trusted.
VICE PRESIDENT, HEAD INDIA OPERATIONS