How to decide a job is right for you when video interviewing

Melissa Hall

Apr 18, 2024

How to decide a job is right for you when video interviewing


Interviewing for a job remotely is quite different from an in-person interview for both the candidate and the interviewer, yet it serves as a vital link in connecting suitable candidates with the right companies.

Many candidates wonder how well they can understand the job and the company through a remote interview. Although communicating via video conferencing technology isn't the same as meeting in person, and concerns about proximity bias exist, there are strategies to gain insights into the company you're video interviewing with remotely.

Here’s our step-by-step guide to help you decide if a role feels right for you during a video interview.

Assess the Job’s Suitability

For skilled professionals, it’s crucial to evaluate whether the role offers the career progression you seek and if it builds on your experience. Verify the salary & benefits, and confirm that your preferred working arrangement is possible.

Do Your Research

Before your video interview, do thorough research on the company. You might be surprised how many candidates skip this step! Learn about the company’s mission and values to see if they align with your own. Review how the company presents itself in advertisements and on its website, especially on the 'About Us' or careers page.

Reading reviews on platforms like Glassdoor can provide insights into what it’s like to work there. Social media can also reveal much about the company’s operations and image. Additionally, reviewing profiles of current employees on LinkedIn can give you a sense of the company culture and the types of people they employ. A virtual office tour or videos from employees discussing their roles can also be very informative.

During the video Interview

Once the interview starts, continue to evaluate the role. Pay attention to the background and setting during the video call for hints about the work environment. Observe any visible objects that might indicate company culture, like awards or personal items.

Ask detailed questions about the role, team dynamics, company culture, and opportunities for training and development. Inquire about what a typical day looks like for the role you're applying for and what constitutes success in that position. The interviewer's responses can further clarify if the job fits your expectations and career goals.

If you are interviewing with a hiring manager—who could be your future boss—use this opportunity to assess their leadership style and communication skills. Note how they discuss the role and their expectations.

While interpreting body language can be challenging in a remote interview, look for noticeable reactions to your comments, though it's less critical than in an in-person setting.

After the video Interview

Reflect on your interview as soon as it’s finished. Make notes on your impressions and whether all your questions were answered. Assess your feelings about the interviewer and any other employees you may have seen.

Slowly go through everything from start to finish and you should have a good overall impression of the company's culture & role.

Further Considerations

Know your value in the job market. Exceptional candidates can negotiate for compensation packages that reflect their worth, but make sure your requests are reasonable within your industry.

Don’t overlook non-financial benefits and other positive factors, such as vacation time, professional development opportunities, networking possibilities, and your potential rapport with colleagues.

By methodically approaching your remote job interview and assessing each aspect, you can make a well-informed decision about whether a job aligns with your professional goals and personal values.


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