It doesn’t matter whether you’re attending an in-person interview or are interviewing over Microsoft Teams, it can be challenging to know whether a job and company are the right fit for you and your career goals. 

Of course, an in-person interview offers you the opportunity to get a feel for the company culture but it’s also possible to do this remotely too. In this post, we share with you some things to consider before a remote interview to decide if the role is right for you. 

Do your research

Before your remote interview, you want to try and find out as much as you can about the company so that you can understand their company culture, values, and any plans for their future. 

Look on their company website to see if they have published a blog or news articles, understand how they act on social media and take a look at what their employees on LinkedIn post too. 

You should also consider looking at the job description – what language does it use? Is it clear and concise? Are there any additional benefits or opportunities? Once you have analysed everything together you will be in a much better position to understand whether the job opportunity is the right one for you. 

Connect with current or former employees

Nobody has a better insight into a company than its current or former employees. Connecting with people on LinkedIn who work at the company or who have worked there can really pay dividends as it allows you to understand what the company culture is like. 

If you’d rather not reach out on LinkedIn, you can ask the hiring manager to introduce you to some employees who are willing to answer questions you may have about the company, team, or job role. 

Prepare and ask questions

Interviews should always act as a two-way street, regardless of how they’re conducted. Just as your potential employer is asking you questions to find out whether you and your skills are a match for the job role, you can prepare and ask them questions to understand your own suitability too. 

Your opportunity to ask questions often comes at the end of the interview, and there are a variety of questions you can ask to give you a good feel for the job role in question, company culture, team, and any future career opportunities available to you. 

You could ask the interviewer to give you an example of the day-to-day responsibilities, what success looks like, as well as any training and development opportunities within the business. 

You could also ask about how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected business as this will help you to gain an understanding of how the business adapted and supported its employees.

Observe your interviewer

While observing your interviewer can be difficult to do remotely, it is still possible. Look out for things such as whether they are smiling or nodding whilst you’re speaking as well as their body language as this can help to tell you whether or not they are invested in you as a potential employee.

Understand if the hiring manager is the right fit for you

Throughout your remote interview, try to get an understanding of how your new boss works. What are their communication skills like? How do they communicate with you? Are they interested in your points and are they listening to you?

Analysing these traits, it will allow you to consider whether you could see yourself working with them on a regular basis. If they are extremely laid back but you are more corporate or formal, then this might not be the right job role for you.

What’s the hiring process like?

Lastly, the hiring process should give you an idea of what the company is like, and how it takes shape should reflect how the business approaches everything else. 

The hiring process should ideally be well-organised and streamlined, with you as a candidate at the heart of the process. A few key things to look out for throughout the hiring process are:

Organisation

If the hiring process is carnage and the interviewer seems incredibly dis-organised, then you must consider if this is how the company operates. However, if they are totally organised and reply to communication in a timely manner this is a sign that they value you and your time and will value you as an employee too. 

Work-life balance

If you’re getting emails from the interviewer at strange times such as late at night or on the weekend, then this could be a red flag that staff are over-worked. However, you should bear in mind that if the hiring manager is also remote, they might be working in a different time zone so take this into consideration first.

If you are having a remote interview but you’re unsure if the opportunity is the right one for you, try implementing the above steps and you should soon be able to make the right decision for you.  

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