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Recruiting Online: 5 Great Tips on How to Prepare Remote Interview Questions

May 20, 2022

Tima Rassool

Tima Rassool

Content Writer

In the past, recruiting online was not as common as it is now, thanks to the global pandemic. This is why many companies nowadays are still in the dark trying to wrap their heads around accurately evaluating  candidates  through Zoom or Skype calls

Well, worry no more, because we have the perfect tips for you!

While conducting video assessment interviews with candidates, you need to ensure that it’s easy for candidates to perform their tasks off-site. 

Challenges Faced By Remote Teams

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Remote teams face challenges that are unique to them. Once you know these challenges, it will be easier for you to find candidates:

  • Communication. Problems get out of hand if remote employees miscommunicate. It gets even harder when team members are in different time zones.
  • Lack of direct supervision. Managers need to trust that employees are productive. It’s also difficult to determine whether remote employees are engaged with their work.
  • Culture fit. Remote employees may not be able to integrate into the team’s culture, as they don’t interact with their coworkers regularly in person.

You can tackle these challenges by recruiting online candidates that are:

  • Good communicators in both verbal and written form
  • Motivated with a problem-solving attitude
  • Self-disciplined and organized

Also, make sure that candidates have the necessary tools to work remotely, such as a computer and internet connection!

How To Evaluate Candidates While Recruiting Online

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  • Conduct video interviews to test their communication skills. Remote teams usually interact through Zoom or Hangouts. So such tech-savvy candidates should be more confident during their interviews.
  • Include written assignments. Good candidates should be able to write clear emails and reports that need no back-and-forth communication. This is especially important if your team is operating in different time zones. Also, test candidates on how well they perform with deadlines and instructions! 
  • Assess critical thinking skills. Remote workers can stop by their manager's offices and ask questions. This is why, while recruiting online, you need to hire people that are decisive, own their tasks, and can take initiative when necessary. Posing hypothetical scenarios will help you identify these candidates that use sound judgment to overcome challenges.

Focus On Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional intelligence, or EQ,  plays a critical role in success in the workplace. EQ determines a person’s ability to relate to others, go with the flow, navigate difficult situations with grace, and “read the room” (which is difficult when it’s a Zoom room).

Ignoring EQ while recruiting online may seem doable but this can lead to poor decision making. When fine-tuning your interview questions, see which ones may tell you about a person’s EQ. Below are some of our favourites:

  • Tell me about a workplace conflict you were involved in, either with your peers or someone else in the company. How did you manage that conflict, and were you able to resolve it?
  • If you’ve previously reported to multiple supervisors at the same time, how did you get to know each person’s preferences and juggle conflicting priorities?
  • Tell me about a time when you received feedback on your performance and you disagreed with the feedback. How did you handle the situation?

Some Other Great Sample Interview Questions To Ask

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  • If you have worked remotely before, what were the biggest challenges you faced? How did you overcome them?
  • How do you schedule your day?
  • What kinds of distractions do you usually have when working from home? How do you ensure they don’t interfere with the quality of your work?
  • Do you check your emails after work?
  • How do you make sure you switch off from work?
  • What would you do if you had internet connection problems during a meeting with your manager or a call with a customer?

Red Flags To Keep In Mind

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When recruiting online, be sure to keep the following red flags in mind. As this will seamlessly help you refrain from making the wrong hire!

  1. Poor communication skills. Candidates that struggle during video interviews and have poor email communication abilities are not a good fit.
  2. Don’t have team spirit. Remote employees work on their own but it’s still important for them to have good team spirit. This is because they still collaborate with colleagues and participate in group projects.
  3. Can’t balance work and personal balance. Remote jobs have flexible work schedules. But candidates that can’t put a limit on how many hours they put in will be facing burnout.

Conclusion

Job hunters just don’t boost their salaries. They also want flexibility, well-being, and a workplace culture that aligns with their own values and sensibilities. While recruiting online, interviews that delve into these topics can give both parties valuable information. This is where our recruiting software comes in!


EVA-SSESS is the perfectly scalable video interviewing software for businesses of all sizes and shapes. It transforms the hiring and assessment process with inclusive one-way video interviews. Enabling decision-makers to attract and cultivate a more talented workforce, through a seamless video interviewing process that reduces hiring bias and makes interviews easily accessible to everyone. 

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Tima Rassool

Tima Rassool

Content Writer

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