Although remote work is not a new concept, COVID-19 has been a driving force behind not only the acceptability of a home-based office but also the need for employees who are remote-ready. In the post-COVID-19 era, job candidates who can demonstrate the capacity to work remotely will be well-positioned for success. With the increasing need for telehealth services, this is especially true for such health care positions as nurses and therapy professionals.
Working remotely requires accessibility and utilization of the right tools. The basics are a good internet connection and a dedicated phone line. If you have a slow internet connection, now is the time to contact your internet services provider for a solution. Most people use their cell phone for calls. Be sure to have voicemail set up with a professional greeting. In your resume, highlight communication skills and how you collaborate virtually. Note experience with communication technology, such as Microsoft Teams, Skype, WebEx and Zoom.
If you are fortunate to have a home office, that is an asset. If not, try to carve out some space in your home where background noise can be minimized. Be prepared to assure your prospective employer how you will safeguard any proprietary documents and company equipment. Before a video call, most especially a virtual interview, check your surroundings to be sure clutter is cleared, at least in the areas that will be captured by the camera.
Convey to your prospective employer your ability to focus on your work and avoid the distractions of a home setting. Time management is key, not only to accomplish tasks but to maintain a work/personal life balance. When a telehealth work setting and home environment is in a shared space, it is easy to fall into the trap of getting so caught up in your work that you forget it is time to sign off. Companies want employees to be fully functional in their home office but do not want them to burn out.
Prepare for a Virtual Interview
Before the interview, take the time to practice with your equipment. Check your video settings, arrange your desk, and plan the appropriate distance from the camera. Some people will invest in a ring light for optimal illumination in front of the camera. Practice until you are comfortable, and set yourself up for success.