Remote Interview Questions

Use remote interview questions to screen for high-quality candidates no matter where in the world they are.

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Why remote interviews make hiring SO easy

Tech makes it way easier to interview candidates online by using simple tools like Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom.

Remote interviews can help save time, identify deal breakers early on, test for awesome communication skills and get to know candidates better. 

Remote interview questions

  • Why did you pursue this career?
  • Team work or individual work? Which is your fave and why? 
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • When is the earliest you can start?
  • Why did you apply for this role? 
  • How can you help achieve our goals?
  • What do you hope to learn from this role?
  • Tell us about a time you aced a challenging project. How did you overcome the obstacles?
  • Explain how you use [this] software.

How to ace remote interviews

  • Be organized: Schedule your interview with plenty of time, make sure you’ve got the OK from your candidate and give them the full info. 
  • Be clear: Give candidates full instructions including your account info/interview link and the correct time (don’t let different time zones catch you off guard!)
  • Prepare a space: Choose a quiet corner to avoid noises and distractions, set up way before the interview starts and check your camera and mic work.
  • Look at the camera: Look into the camera when you speak so it looks like you’re talking directly to your candidate. 
  • Record the interview: Many video tools allow you to record the interview. This is super useful for you to maintain eye contact and check back on responses later. Note: Always tell your candidate if you plan to record the interview and get written consent via email.
  • Keep assignments handy: If you need to send an assignment or show a presentation, keep the file accessible. 

Candidates to avoid

  • No-shows: If your candidate doesn’t show up or drops in late to an interview, it’s probably a sign of things to come. 
  • They’re unprepared: Avoid candidates who haven’t prepared a quiet space for you to chat.
  • Informal candidates: Remote interviews need to remain professional. If they aren’t dressed appropriately or speak informally, they might not take your company very seriously.
  • They’re uncomfortable: Remote interviews can be daunting, but help you figure out their communication skills pretty fast. If they can’t hold a conversation via video, they’re probably not up to remote work.

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