How to Ace a Remote Interview

When you’re applying for a job in which you’ll be working remotely (or telecommuting) chances are that the hiring manager will also want to interview you remotely. This helps both you and your interviewer understand your respective communication styles when you are not face-to-face.

Once you understand that working remotely may require tweaks to the skillset that you use or the way you use your skills at work, it seems like a no-brainer that the interview process for the remote job you are seeking will also be a little different from your typical in-person interview. This infographic from Hubstaff will give you some great insights that you can use the next time you interview for a remote opportunity!

About the Creator of this infographic: 

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Dave Nevogt is the co-founder of Hubstaff, a time tracking software for remote teams. Dave has founded several multi-million dollar businesses and lives in Indianapolis. He’s built successful remote teams for 12+ years and writes a blog series that teaches everything he does to grow a 100% remote company.

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  1. You’ve rightly stuck to the practicalities and concerns around remote working and I would also add that the actual remote interview comes with some key differences in style and delivery. I foolishly thought that my first remote interview would be easier. No one in the room with me, plenty of notes on hand for tricky questions. What I found, due to the lack of face to face rapport was that the interviewer pressed harder on knowledge and skills than perhaps would have been the case in a face to face interview. If you start to get on the back foot then you don’t have that direct contact to bring it back. Having the questions that you raise well practiced would be a great start.

    1. Thank you for sharing your feedback, Ian. We address some of the issues surrounding the lack of in-person rapport in a previous article we wrote:

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