The coronavirus has drastically changed the process of interviewing, hiring, and onboarding new recruits. But there are organizations and people with extensive experience in this very situation. Remote-first companies have already been thinking for years about how to interview, hire, and train new employees without ever meeting them face-to-face, and you can learn from these companies and the people who’ve secured jobs with them. If you’re a candidate for a position or just starting your search, you can increase your chances of success by preparing specifically for a remote interview.
Remote workers are hyper-aware of how they communicate. They have unique etiquette for participation during meetings. They also face different questions and challenges than office-based workers. While many people are new to working from home due to the pandemic, plenty of others (myself included) have been working remotely for years.
Based on my own experiences and from talking with other people who have been hired after remote interviews, here are 10 tips that can help you schedule, prepare for, and perform your best in a remote job interview.