For many job searchers, the process of interviewing for new positions can seem fairly daunting even when they feel completely prepared and comfortable. Add the extra pressure of a virtual interview and there’s a lot that can go wrong. And unfortunately, it’s often difficult to know what you’re not doing well during the interview process when those interviews don’t yield fruitful job offers.
At One Tech Engineering, our technical recruiting team is committed to helping Minnesota professionals get hired by the right companies. In this post, we’re breaking down the most common job interview mistakes to avoid when you’re interviewing remotely. To get started on the path to professional success, give our technical recruiters a call today.
1. Having a Bad Background
It might seem like a no-brainer to make sure your background looks clean and professional before beginning an interview, but it’s also easy to get caught up in a kind of pre-interview tunnel vision. When this happens, candidates spend so much time thinking about what to wear and practicing their answers to common interview questions that they can end up overlooking the clutter on their desk or personal items they don’t want to be viewed by recruiters.
Besides making sure your surroundings are presentable, it’s a good idea to make sure you’ve got a simple, neutral backdrop. Make sure your lighting is good. Finally, consider testing out your background ahead of your remote interview with a trial run so you can make any changes ahead of your meeting.
2. Being Too Stiff
The interview process is one of the least natural interactions you’ll have, and it’s hard to get around that. However, when you’re too stiff during the interview process, it can detract from your likeability. Try focusing less on being everything you think you need to be to get the job and instead relax a bit. This will make you seem more approachable and make the interview feel more natural overall.
3. Body Language Issues
There’s something about conducting an interview remotely that creates a false sense of security and comfort. But it’s still every bit as important to be as mindful of body language as you would be if you were interviewing in person. Be sure to maintain eye contact throughout the interview. Additionally, make an effort to avoid fidgeting or getting distracted during the interview process.
4. Dressing Like You’re at Home
Working remotely over the past couple of years has led to some interesting dress choices for many working professionals. But even if you’re used to working from home in your casual attire, you should still treat an online interview with the same level of professionalism you would if interviewing in person. Stick to basic professional attire, avoiding loud or busy clothing. Make sure your clothing looks good on camera.
Call Our Minnesota Technical Recruiters Today
If you’re ready to start working today, our team of technical recruiters can put you on the right path. Contact our technical recruiting services at 952.884.9199, or contact us online today.