Asymmetrik Transitions to Remote Interviews
And here’s how to look and sound your best, virtually
Apr 01, 2020
Even though our teams are working remotely for the foreseeble future, that doesn’t mean that we’re slowing down. All the mission-critical work we do is continuing at full speed, and we’re continuing to grow our teams.
It’s been a learning curve transitioning to remote interviews, since we view the interview as a chance for you to see our culture in action. Simply by walking around, you’ll see our teams at work, having standups, laughing and chatting together over lunch in the kitchen, or blowing off steam in the game room. As we’re continuing to learn and adapt, we’d like to share some tips and tricks we’ve picked up along the way.
How to look and sound your best during Remote Interviews
- Use headphones or a headset: This ensures better sound quality and minimizes distractions.
- Connect through an ethernet cable, if possible: Doing this can mitigate connectivity issues that can arise when using WiFi.
- Test your technology: Try to familiarize yourself with the technology, whether it’s GoTo Meeting, Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Skype. Play around with the screen sharing capabilities. Test your audio and make sure that you’ve downloaded anything in advance you’ll need to get the meeting running correctly.
- Make sure your space and lighting are on point: Choose a neutral background. A blank wall is a good option to have behind you, but you can also opt for a professional-looking virtual background. Sit facing a window with natural light, or turn on a desk lamp in front of you. If the lighting is behind you, the interviewer may not be able to see your face clearly.
- Dress as you would during an in-person interview: Even though the interviewer can’t see what you’re wearing on your bottom half, wearing your entire interview outfit can help you get into “interview mode” mentally.
- Come prepared: If you have enlisted the help of somewhere like ARC Resumes (www.arcresumes.com) to work on your resume, make sure you have your resume and the job description printed out. As well as this, be ready to elaborate on technologies you’ve listed on your resume, do your research on the company, and have a list of thoughtful questions to ask.
- Look into the camera: Eye contact is just as important in a virtual interview, if not more so. If you’re consistently looking to the side or at your keyboard, you may come off as distracted. (If you’ve got some extra googly eyes or stickers laying around, you can stick those around the camera to remind yourself.)
- Let your personality shine through: Don’t be afraid to laugh or make small talk. Our interviewers are new to this too, so we’re all learning at the same time. We still want to get to know you!
We hope these tips are helpful, as we all continue to adjust to current conditions. Asymmetrik is still continuing to hire, so if you’re in the market for a new job, take a look at our openings. And since we can’t invite you inside our office, take a peek inside our culture and see what our employees have to say. We hope to meet you IRL soon!