Preparing for a remote job interview can feel tough, especially if you're switching to a remote or hybrid job for the first time. Luckily, there are many advantages to virtual interviews! For example, you can access transcripts you won't normally have during in-person interviews. In this article, we share three tools to help you ace your interviews, so you can get closer to landing your dream job. These tools are originally used for other purposes, but they work perfectly to help you be more confident and prepared for your next job interview.
Use Tactiq to Review Key Moments from the Interview
After the interview, there is still more work to be done. You'll most likely go through a series of interviews for the same company before landing the job. Or have another interview for a different role in another company.
Each interview is a goldmine of information that can help you keep getting better. Interviewers usually have the transcript of the call. But as the interviewee, you won't get the video recording or the full transcript.
That's where Tactiq comes in. Tactiq is a tool that provides real-time transcription during the call on Zoom, Google Meet, or Microsoft Teams. After the call, you'll have access to the full transcript even if you don't have the video recording.
With Tactiq, you can:
- Have the full transcript of the call
- Easily read the questions from the interviewer and your answers
- Use auto-highlights to identify key moments from the interview
The best thing about Tactiq is you can focus on the interview and don't have to write anything down. The auto-highlight will mark sentences that are considered questions, action items, decisions, or callouts depending on the words that people mentioned in the call.
You can also put the label "job interview" so you can easily identify all job interview-related transcripts.
Tactiq is free for up to 10 calls per month. Here's how to get started:
- Install Tactiq Chrome extension.
- Connect your preferred video conferencing tool under Integrations.
- Attend your interview as usual. The Tactiq window will show up on the lower right panel of the meeting.
Sometimes, you may have to request permission to allow transcription during the call if the interviewer hasn't turned it on from their side. A pop-up will appear to let the host know that you are requesting access and for them to approve it.
You can also save the transcript as a Google Doc. And if there are answers that you want to improve, you can copy and paste the transcript on Jasper's Content Improver. You'll have another better answer that you can use in your next interview. And the cycle is complete!
Do you struggle with communicating your amazing work experiences in coherent words that will wow interviewers? For example, the most frequently asked questions, regardless of the job role, are:
- Tell me about yourself.
- What was the most challenging situation you encountered in your work, and how did you overcome it?
- What is your major weakness?
You surely have many amazing things you want to highlight about yourself, but it's difficult to find the right words. You don't have to beat yourself up. Some people are just better at articulating their experiences.
Instead, you can enlist the help of artificial intelligence to help polish some answers for you.
Jasper.ai is one of the most popular tools for writing amazing content based on input. You can use templates to write blog posts, social media captions, and emails.
In your case, you can use the Content Improver template. You can type your usual answers into the "input" area, and then the AI will edit and improve it. You don't have to memorize it word for word, but it gives you a bank of good answers to choose from.
Jasper offers a free trial with 10,000 credits, which should be enough to help you generate a few answers. Make sure to save the best answers in a Google Doc so that you can have access to it after the trial is over.
There are also other templates that can help you write cover letters and follow-up emails, so it’s helpful in the overall job hunt.
Based on a LinkedIn study, 54% of jobseekers shared two main reasons the interview process is challenging: uncertainty and lack of confidence.
If you're not used to speaking in front of a webcam, it can affect your confidence. You may be confident during in-person interviews, but that confidence goes away the moment you are interviewed in Zoom. That's because the video interview format is different and puts you outside your comfort zone. It also feels unnatural because you're looking at the camera lens instead of the interviewer's eyes.
That's why practicing seeing yourself talk in a video is important. The best way to do that is to record yourself answering the most frequently asked questions about the role you're applying for.
If you have a Logitech webcam, it comes with free software called Logitech Capture. You can use it to:
- Quickly record short videos of yourself answering questions
- Review the short videos, so you can get used to hearing your voice
- Identify answers that exude confidence
You don't have to use Logitech Capture. Loom is a great alternative if you’re already using it. You can even use your phone's camera!
If you want to take this practice to the next level, you can ask a friend to jump on a Zoom call with you. Make sure to practice with an experienced colleague or friend so that they can give you constructive feedback.
Wrapping It Up
Whether you're a first-time job seeker or an experienced professional, preparing for a remote interview can be challenging. But with the right tools and strategies, you can ace your video interviews and stand out from the crowd. Use an AI writing assistant tool to polish your answers. Practice your answers in front of a camera. Use each interview as a learning process by reviewing the transcripts using Tactiq.