Interviewing for Remote Roles

Remote Interviewing

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way that many work. Many that once commuted to an office now find themselves working from home. The same can be said for the interview process. Interviews that were once held in person are now being held over the phone or via video conference. Understanding the best practices for this new paradigm is essential to landing the role you’re looking for.

ATTIRE – The same fundamentals that were in place for traditional interviewing remain here. You should be dressed as you would be dressed if the role were taking place in person. Don’t dress casually simply because you’ll be able to dress casually most days during the employment.
BACKGROUND – Where you set up your camera is important. A clean, professional, and non-distracting backdrop will allow your appearance and speech be the primary focus. A home office is the ideal location. If a formal home office is not an option, use a completely blank wall.
CHECK YOUR TECH – Companies use a number of different platforms for remote interviewing. Google Meeting, Zoom, Skype, and WebEx are but a few of the potential options for interviewers. When receiving your meeting invitation, make note of what platform is being utilized. Install and test the application long before the meeting starts to avoid any late starts.
FORM A CONNECTION – This goal is simple but not easy to accomplish when not in your interviewer’s presence. Where you’re looking while on screen is as important as your eye contact would normally be in person. Avoid looking at notes and averting the eye contact of the conversation. 
NORMAL INTERVIEW RULES – Normal interview expectations still exist with a video interview. You should come prepared with thorough research on the company and the role. You should also have at least a few questions prepared for your interviewer. Do your best to avoid contrived questions and focus on sincerity. The interview process isn’t just for the employer. This is your opportunity to learn about your potential next employer.

The changing landscape of remote work opens opportunities to workers that may have previously been out of reach. Mastering the video interview is essential in convincing the potential employer that you can be trusted with the work without them having met you.