10 Tips for Remote Job Interviews

You can easily share your screen if asked
Scheduling the Interview
The Day of the Interview
During the Interview
10 Tips for Remote Job Interviews
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Be Clear, Concise, and Unironic in Writing
2.
Don't Respond to Every Email Immediately
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Talk About Time Zones
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Suggest Multiple Ways to Meet
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Prepare Your Space
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Check Your Appearance, Camera, and Mic
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Check for Updates and Do a Test Run
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Prove You're a Good Fit for Remote Work
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In Groups, Mute Yourself
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Ask Questions Specific to Remote Work
Written language is a hot topic among remote workers who must be extra conscientious of how they express themselves. Leave irony, jokes, and subtlety aside.
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How quickly you respond depends on context.
When scheduling an interview for a remote work job, never assume anyone is in the same time zone as you.
Always suggest and confirm times using both your contact's time zone and your own.
When your potential employer asks your availability for an interview, suggest multiple ways to meet.
Your interview for a remote work job will almost certainly be via video call.
In addition, if you'll be sharing any materials, such as a portfolio or work samples, be sure to send them ahead of time and have copies loaded on your computer.
Follow all the same advice you would for a traditional interview in terms of showing up early and dressing appropriately.
Do not conduct a remote work job interview on a smartphone.
10 or 15 minutes before the call, open the app you'll use to make sure it doesn't need to be updated.
If you don't have formal experience in a remote role, you can still use relevant examples.
For one-on-one calls, do not mute your mic unless there's unexpected background noise.
Are there any roles or tasks that require fixed hours?
How often does the team communicate%2c and does it tend to be synchronous or asynchronous?
Are there regularly scheduled meetings? Do meeting times rotate to accommodate different time zones?
What communication and collaboration tools does the team use?
does the team use?
Do employees have a budget for home office equipment? During non-COVID times, are there allowances for co-working space fees?
space fees?
How does the organization handle remote onboarding?
Is there typically any travel required (even if it's on hold during the coronavirus pandemic)%2c such as for training or team get-togethers?
If the team is international%2c how does the organization determine local holidays for time off?
What's the average number of sick days employees take?
What does the organization do to keep employee morale high or create cohesion?
What kinds of security strategies are in place for remote workers?
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