Make an impression stronger than your internet connection.
Do you want a job that gives you flexible hours, fantastic coworkers, and resumé-building experience? Do you want your work environment to be supportive and inspiring? Are you creative, passionate and motivated?
Our interviews are happening remotely so we can help slow the spread of COVID-19. But, we know not everyone has experience with online interviews—and we want you to succeed no matter what.
So, whether you’re applying at IGNITE or prepping for your first job post-grad, here are our top tips for acing a remote interview:
Do your homework
No matter who you’re interviewing for, it’s important to gather some background knowledge. Do some research on the company beforehand so you have context for your conversation and so you can ask relevant questions.
A good place to start is by taking notes on the company’s current projects—it shows your eagerness and gives you an idea of what you’ll be working on if you get hired.
Here’s a hint: right now, IGNITE is preparing to support students during the mostly remote Fall 2020 semester.
Learn your lines
You don’t need to script questions for your interviewer, but you should have a rough idea of what you want to say. Using what you learned during your company research, talk through your answers to some probable questions in front of your webcam and think of some things to ask the employer.
You’ll sound knowledgeable during your interview and you’ll get used to talking to a screen.
Clean your space
Before your video call begins, turn on your webcam and double check the lighting, framing, and background.
Make sure your face is visible—not too bright, not too dim. Adjust your seat so you’re on camera from your shoulders to the top of your head. And, clear out any clutter from the background.
The smallest details can make the biggest difference.
Look your best
Yes, you should change out of pyjama pants even if your legs won’t be visible.
Dress for an online interview the same way you would for an in-person interview. If the company you’re interviewing for has a dress code, follow it. Otherwise, keeping it business casual is a good rule of thumb.
Also, it’s a good idea to tie long hair back—you don’t want anything blocking your face!
Check your tech
The last thing you want during an online interview is a dead battery. Whether you’re interviewing on a laptop, a desktop or a smartphone, make sure your device is charged and your internet connection is secure.
Calm your nerves
Feeling nervous during an interview is normal. Properly preparing is one way to appease your anxiety, but you can also stay grounded by keeping your notes and a copy of your resumé next to you for reference.
If a company asks to interview you, it means they’re interested in you—you don’t need to prove yourself. Instead, focus on showcasing your incredible qualities and engaging in genuine conversation.
Show your interest
Never underestimate the value of a followup. After you log off, send an email to your interviewer thanking them for their time and expressing your enthusiasm.
Keep it clear, concise and cordial—try reiterating one or two talking points from your conversation or restating why you’re drawn to the company.
After that, it’s out of your hands! Take a deep breath, make yourself a snack and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
Remember: once your interview is over, you’ve done all you can do. If you get the gig, great! But, if you don’t, your future isn’t ruined. At the very least, you’ve gained more experience with remote meetings—a skill that’s becoming increasingly valuable to employers.
Learning how to interview online is just like learning anything new: practice makes perfect.