10 Tips for Remote Interviews

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Seeking to stand out from the crowd while interviewing remotely? Look no further! Embrace the era of remote work with insights from Kim Williams, Recruiting Director at GovCIO. Unlock the secrets to success with her exclusive ‘Top 10 Tips for Remote Interviews’ and set yourself apart in the evolving landscape of virtual workplaces.

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Top 10 Tips for Remote Interviews

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Recruiter Remote Interview Tips

1. Test Your Technology

Make sure to test your internet connection, camera, and microphone to confirm that everything is working properly.

By far, the key to a successful remote interview, technical or otherwise, is a reliable internet connection. Prior to your remote interview, ensure that you have a fast and stable connection, as video calls consume significant bandwidth. Aim for a minimum of 2Mbps download/upload speed, though requirements may vary with different video calling apps. To test connection speeds, use Speedtest.net for a general idea. If issues arise during the interview, consider tethering to a smartphone using mobile data, as mobile networks can sometimes offer faster speeds than fixed lines. Always have a backup option ready to ensure seamless communication without unnecessary downtime.

Remember, the first impression is the lasting impression!

2. Be on Time & Ready

Arrive punctually for your interview by logging in 5-10 minutes before the scheduled time. This demonstrates your professionalism and enthusiasm for the job, setting a positive tone for the conversation.

3. Dress for the Part

Ever heard of the saying, “When you look good, you feel good”? Well, this applies for virtual interviews! Dress as you would for an in-person interview and avoid wearing distracting clothing or jewelry. When you feel your best, your confidence will shine through and contribute to a successful remote interview.

4. Make Eye Contact

For video interviews, look at the camera, not the screen, when you are speaking. This will create the illusion of eye contact and show that you are addressing the interviewer. To avoid looking around the room and maintaining eye contact, place something behind or just above the camera lens. It is easier to remember to focus on the camera lens instead of the screen when you have something to keep your attention. Some items you can use to keep focus include a small teddy bear, bobble-head, picture of your family or friends or just simply a colorful item to hold attention.

5. Remove Distractions

Choose a quiet, well-lit location for the interview to ensure a distraction-free environment. Turn off your phone and any other devices that could create noise or distractions during the interview, allowing for a focused and professional conversation.

Have pets? Make sure they are fed and watered, walked and/or have a favorite (quiet) toy or treat before you go into your meeting. Create a distraction-free environment by closing blinds or curtains to eliminate potential disturbances like squirrels or neighbor kids. For remote interviews, use headphones to minimize the chance of your pet being drawn to voices and wanting to “join the conversation”.

Make A Good Impression

"Market yourself. Sell yourself. Be you. Give us the information that shows us that you are clearly the right person for the position. You have to remember, we're interviewing people who have the same skill set as you, tell us something that might make you stand out."

Kimberly Williams
Recruiting Director

6. Have Your Resume Readily Available

Make sure to have your resume readily available for your remote interview. Additionally, prepare examples of your past work or experiences that highlight your skills and abilities. These examples will be useful to effectively illustrate your strengths and demonstrate how well you fit the role.

7. Prepare Questions

Have you ever drawn a blank during an interview when the hiring manager asks if you have any questions for them? Avoid the awkward silence in interviews by preparing your own set of questions. Not having questions can raise concerns for hiring managers, signaling disinterest or lack of research. Be ready with questions about:

  • Company Culture, Core Values, and Mission
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I)
  • Success, Future Growth, and Company Goals
  • Recent Industry News
  • Position Details (Expectations, Job Duties, Responsibilities, etc.)
  • Remote Work
  • Management
  • Employee Development/Career Advancement
  • Next Steps in the Hiring Process

8. Do Your Research

Conduct thorough research on the company and the specific role you’re interviewing for. This preparation will boost your confidence and enhance your ability to respond to questions with precision.

9. Market Yourself

Effectively presenting yourself in a remote job interview involves showcasing to the hiring manager that you can bring significant value to the company. Keep in mind that the company is likely considering candidates with similar skill sets to yours. The question then becomes, how do you differentiate yourself and make a lasting impression?

Here are four steps to market yourself:

  1. Get comfortable talking about yourself
  2. Relate yourself to company needs
  3. Plan your talking points
  4. Ask insightful questions

10. Stay on Topic

Stay on track with the main topic—your interview!

Keep the conversation content relevant to the job you’re interviewing for. Just as you would in an in-person interview, demonstrate active listening to the hiring manager. Affirm their statements, nod while they speak, and ask questions based on their input. This not only helps to maintain focus on the topic but also reinforces your enthusiasm for the job opportunity.


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