How to succeed in your remote job interview — Andy Sto

Remote hiring is becoming commonplace around the world and remote workers (whether freelancers or remote employees) need to master the skills needed to succeed in remote job interviews.

The job interview process starts from the minute you submit your application. You need to make sure that you write a great cover letter and resume, that you have followed all the instructions of the application process correctly, and that you reply timeously to any requests for further information. This will help ensure that you get shortlisted for the position.

Once you’re shortlisted for a job, you may need to submit further information or perform a qualifying test. Make sure that you respond timeously and effectively, as the way you communicate reflects on your abilities.

Once you’ve been selected for an interview, there are many things that you can do to be better prepared and make a great impression. Below we detail all these pre-interview, interview, and post-interview tips to make a success of your online recruitment experience.

How to prepare before the interview

We’ve curated some top pre-interview tips below to help you successfully land your next digital nomad or remote job.

Your application: a great cover letter and resume

It helps to show that you’re passionate about the work that the role entails and that you have the necessary skills and experience for the job. Try to show in your cover letter that you’re self-motivated, as that is one of the main skills required for remote work.

It also goes a long way to show that you are interested in the company and that you’ve done your homework in terms of their mission, products, and services.

Be responsive

For example, if a company asks you to do a 1 minute video introduction of yourself — make sure that you follow all the rules and guidelines as they may be testing to see that you can follow instructions. Also try to infuse your video with creativity to set yourself apart from others.

Follow the company on social media

It takes time to build up professional profiles on social media, so this should be something that you should ideally have been working on for a while already. If not, get started as soon as you can.

Employers often like to check out prospective employees online — so whether you follow their company on social media or not, they may have checked you out. Your LinkedIn profile will be very important, as it’s relevant to any hiring process. Try to get some good endorsements. Also think about other relevant platforms that you should get a profile on — some may be niche platforms that are relevant to your specific industry.

Test your tech

Being prepared also means you should make sure that you have downloaded any apps or software that you need for the interview. If you plan to use a background, then also make sure that you have the one you need available.

Also make sure your device is charged, that you have a charger cable nearby if needed, and that you have all other apps and tabs closed in case you need to share your screen.

You will probably be notified as to whether your interview will include video, but assume it will if they didn’t make it clear.

Dress the part

Clear your workspace and spruce it up

Try to create a nice looking space — you don’t want them to see a messy bed or piles of dirty laundry in the background — that doesn’t give a great impression. Also be sure to remove any decor that could be offensive or objectionable. And put away any distractions — for example, if you have a dog that barks a lot, then try to put it in another room for the interview.

Rehearse questions and answers

Research the company and the position

It might also be worth looking at the latest news the company has on their website or social media in case that comes up in conversation.

Prepare some questions

For example, you might like to ask for more detail about a recent press release or project, which will not only show your interest in their work, but also the fact that you are following what the company is involved in on a bigger scale and that you are genuinely interested.

What to do during the interview

Be ready

It makes a good impression to be early or on time and you can use those few minutes before the interview to relax and mentally prepare.

Opening remarks

You may be required to give a brief overview of what it’s been like living in your part of the world recently, or you might get the chance to make a remark about some recent news you’ve heard related to the company (make sure it’s positive news). This would be a useful way of showing them that you’re genuinely interested in their company.

Make eye contact

Have your CV at hand

On this note, make sure that you are familiar with what you’ve said in your CV so that if you need to refer to it, you know exactly where the relevant information is.

Market yourself and show you’re motivated

You might even want to be prepared with some visuals that you could share with the interviewers — your portfolio, your website or project that you’ve worked on in the past. This might be a way to set yourself apart from other candidates and is definitely a unique advantage of virtual interviews.

How to deal with technical difficulties

Being able to proactively and efficiently problem solve the issue will also showcase your skills to your interviewer and they may be impressed by how you work under pressure.

Post-interview tips

Concluding remarks

Originally published at on May 6, 2021.

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Digital Nomad focused in #remotework and #digitalnomadism