Remote Job Interview Questions

So, you’ve decided to change your current position and get a new job. The fast development of digital technology erased all the limitations in terms of the geography of your job search. Is there a magic spell that helps you increase the chances of a successful outcome? Probably not. Should you lie about your talents and achievements? Well, maybe just a little bit. We all know that lying is a bad thing but when there is an opportunity to get your dream job the devil and angel on your left and right shoulders start to argue very loudly. So, let’s find out more.

What Is a Remote Interview?

At first, you need to buy a resume or write it on your own. Basically, this kind of interview is not that different from the usual setup. The obvious distinction between them is the meeting will be held online with the help of an application you will have to set up in advance. Alternatively, you will be able to get access to the interview using a link you will get from the interviewer. The stages of the interview will include human resource manager, your direct manager and possibly CEO of the company.

The preparation process includes some additional steps that play a major role in the way everything goes. The first one is choosing a good spot for you to sit and have the interview. The person behind the screen needs to see your face clearly, so do not position your desk/chair in the darkest place of your office/apartment. If you need an additional source of artificial light, place it wisely. Think about the outfit and prepare it beforehand. Test your webcam to make sure you get a satisfactory quality of the image. Also, make sure there is a stable internet connection to avoid numerous disconnections during the process. In other words, you will have to test many details before the interview to make a great first impression. All of these little things are the signs of your interest and responsible attitude.

Remote Interview Tools

Employers have a wide range of tools to choose from thanks to modern digital advancements. We will review the two that are widely used. The most popular one is Skype. The tool has made it easier for people to connect even if there are thousands of kilometers between them. You have the opportunity to see each other during a video call. Zoom is another tool that is great for meetings consisting of many members. You will be able to see all of the members if you are using a laptop or scroll through them if you are using your phone or tablet. One of the benefits of this tool is that you don’t have to download the app. You can simply use the link that you get from your interviewer.

Common Job Interview Questions: No Need to Worry

The song by once-popular pop band says it all: “No, no, no, no, baby, don’t lie”. Most of the questions will start with: “So I see in your CV that…” Even one small exaggeration if it becomes obvious may cause serious doubts in terms of your professionalism.

One more category of questions is popular among big international (mostly IT) companies like Google and Apple. These are the questions you can’t be prepared for at all:

  • Can you design an evacuation plan for the building?
  • A coin was flipped 1,000 times and there were 560 heads. Do you think the coin is biased?
  • How many ways can you think of to find a needle in a haystack?

They look crazy, don’t they? But look, you don’t have to worry about finding the best possible way of showing your high IQ. The main task of these mind-boggling problems is to surprise a candidate and get her into a state of stress. Your goal is to demonstrate the way your logical thinking works nothing more.


Illegal Job Interview Questions

Illegal topics include race, religion, gender identity, pregnancy status, citizenship, marital status. It is up to you whether to stop the meeting or not. Think about your comfort and do what your heart tells you.

Questions to Ask on a Job Interview

Remember that you are not taking part in the “Miss Universe” contest. The evaluation process is a two-way street. You can ask about the company’s values and goals, about the way a typical day of an employee on your position looks like, about the expectations and requirements of this position. Also, if you are interested in fast promotion, specify the possible KPIs during the first year in this position.

Marketing Job Interview Questions

Expect to have long conversations about your previous experience and accomplishments. Prepare the exact figures to be reasonable during an interview. Look at the market share of your brand, its growth YoY, customer conversion if we are talking about digital marketing, etc.

Academic Job Interview Questions

Are you passionate about the courses you teach? If so, you will find a way of making it visible. If you have some ideas in terms of an academic research study, find a nice way to present them without being too pushy and critical.

Salesman Job Interview Questions

Your personal qualities play a major role in becoming a successful salesman. If you consider yourself to be a Superman of selling whatever it is you sell, make sure you can support your answers with specific examples. Otherwise, no one is going to believe in your stories.

One more point. Cinematography often uses exaggeration as one of the main tools to make the central point obvious. When you watch a movie and see how the desks are being thrown down, the flip charts are flying all over the place during a meeting, it rarely happens in real life. Even when you become a witness of conflict situations, they are artificially conducted to test a person’s resilience. Stay calm and keep your head up. No matter what happens, you are going to find the most convenient place to demonstrate all of your talents. We wish you great luck!