5 tips for remote interview success

So, you've landed an interview and are one step closer to securing your dream remote job. Now, it's time to get ready to make an excellent first impression.

3rd Apr 2024

Remote interviews are just as, if not more important than face-to-face interviews. They're your first opportunity to make an impression and connect with the company you hope to work for. Traditionally, this would have meant picking out your fancy interview outfit and making your way to the company’s head office for a face-to-face interview. However, now this can all be done from the comfort of your own home. 

But, how do you replicate that connection and make that impressive first impression just as well virtually? Here, we share some top tips to help you.

1. Do your research

For a successful remote interview, thorough preparation is needed. Start by researching the company and familiarising yourself with its values and mission. Additionally, understand the format of the interview, whether it's one-on-one, panel-style, or involves any specific assessments.

Start by creating a document where you can capture everything you have researched about the company. Think about the areas that relate to the role you have applied for. For example, if it is a marketing role, look at their current marketing channels, and get familiar with the tactics they use. 

2. Check your tech

Make sure your laptop is in good working order and your internet connection is stable. It’s also always best to do a test run of the video conferencing software that you will need. This could be Zoom, Teams, Google Meet, or another platform. Don’t assume it’s software you use all the time. Check the interview notes or reach out if you’re not sure. Doing these checks will help you have a smooth interview experience without any technical glitches. 

3. Look presentable

Appearance matters even in a virtual setting, so dress professionally as you would for an in-person interview. Beyond just looking professional, dressing appropriately can also boost your confidence during the interview. When you feel confident in your appearance, you're more likely to project confidence in your communication and body language, which can positively influence the interviewer's perception of you.

4. Have your questions ready

By asking the interviewer questions you're demonstrating your interest in the role and company. It's important to remember that it's not just an opportunity for the employer to assess your fit for the role—it's also your chance to figure out if the company aligns with your career goals and values.

Ask questions about the company culture, team dynamics, and opportunities for growth and development within the organisation. You can inquire about the company's values, mission, and vision to gauge how well they align with your own beliefs and aspirations. Additionally, ask about the specific responsibilities of the role, performance expectations, and any potential challenges or opportunities you may face.

Here are some example questions to ask the interviewer:

  • What will my main KPIs be in this role?
  • What do you expect from this role in the next 3-6 months?
  • What personal learning and development opportunities do you offer?
  • Can you tell me more about the team I'll be working with?
  • How would you describe the company culture and values?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing the team/department/company right now?
  • How does this role contribute to the overall goals of the organisation?

5. Ask about the next steps

Before you end the interview ask about the next steps in the hiring process so you know what to expect following the interview. You can ask about the expected timeline for decisions, such as when you can expect to hear back regarding the status of your application or when the next round of interviews may take place.