Ever since this pandemic of COVID-19 has hit the world, everything has changed significantly and remote hiring has become the new normal and as experts say, it is here to stay.
Whether it’s our personal or work lives, the pandemic has put a significant influence on all of it.
One of the notable shifts in the professional life of everyone is the appearance of remote jobs.
Every corporation in the world has apprehended the value of remote jobs and after experiencing a forced period of work from home, a lot of corporations did report an improvement in productivity among their employees.
So, are remote jobs the next big thing in the future of employment?
That is something to discuss in the future.
For this particular one, we’re concentrating on if you’re interviewing for remote jobs and what are the tricks to score a home run while appearing in a remote job interview, and how to understand if the job is the perfect match for you and your career.
Back in the pre-pandemic era, we would get summoned to the office and would have enough data in terms of communications, infrastructure, facilities to decide and make a knowledgeable guess on the culture of an organization.
However, when you’re interviewing remotely, it can be very hard to ascertain the culture of the company.
So, here are 5 ways to research company policies when interviewing remotely:
1. Know your zero tolerances
All of us have a perfect working condition in mind before we even start looking for a new position.
Apart from the basics like salary and benefits, make sure you have a list of certain values that you expect from a company you wish to work for.
Company culture can have a vague meaning if you don’t have a particular set of cultural aspects in mind. So, make sure you’re conscious of yourself and everything you’re searching for in your next business.
Also, make sure you have specific zero tolerances in mind. Meaning anything is a big red flag for you in a firm in terms of corporation culture. This will also assist you in researching a company’s policies when interviewing remotely.
And the moment you will have a complete list of iron-clad rules of what you will accept and what not in the companies policies, then you will be able to judge your company with accuracy.
2. Ask questions related to company culture
Following up on the previous point of having a list of expectations and zero tolerances for a company’s policies, make sure you ask a lot of questions during your interview.
As you’re interviewing remotely, you must have a definite list of issues that you want to discuss with the interviewer.
Make sure not to ask very open ending questions like “Tell me about your company culture” or anything similar that will get you very scripted responses from your interviewer.
Instead, ask your questions about the company culture specifics that you have on your list.
Here’s a list of sample questions you can ask your interviewer:
How has your company policies changed ever since remote working started?
How do you keep the team spirit together when working remotely?
What are some traditions you have for your remote as well as in-house employees?
How do you keep a check on the mental health of your team members?
Such questions or anything along the lines can get you valuable information about a company’s culture.
3. Do your research
And as we derived from the first point about having a huge and complete list of things you need to enquire about your companies culture, mow it is the time to break out your sleuthing skills.
While interviewing remotely may seem you can get deceived or make a bad judgment, but let’s not forget you have the world at your fingertips; the internet.
Take your research online and go through the company’s website. Spend some time there and find out how the company is describing themselves and their culture to the outside world.
Check out the “careers” and “about” sections of the website, which will give you some idea of what the company believes in.
See if they have a company blog where they publish about their teams and the kind of activity they are doing together. This can also give you some idea of how they treat their teams and what all is happening on the inside scenes of the company.
Delve deep into their social media accounts and see how they communicate with customers online. Their acknowledgments on social media to their consumers and clients and stakeholders can give a fair view of what kind of expectations they have at the company.
4. Connect with former employees
People who have already been employed for the company will probably give you the best review of the culture of a company.
While contemporary employees may be a little biased when discussing about their current corporation, past employees will give you a pretty straightforward review of their experience.
Connect with some of the employees on LinkedIn to get their first-hand reviews on the company.
You may ask them to get on a call if you wish to have a good discussion or have doubts about the company.
5. Observe behavior
While all of the earlier mentioned circumstances are great to find out an organization culture when interviewing remotely, discerning the interviewers might give you all you need to know!
If you’re being interviewed by a panel or a group then observe their behavior.
See how their relationship with each other is. Are they giving equal opportunity to everyone on the panel to speak and chime in during the interview.
Are they interrupting each other off while speaking to you or asking questions? Are they respectful towards each other?
Also if the group that is interviewing you is homogenous then diversity may not be their main thing.
Such small hints can give you enough data to calculate a company’s culture.
While interviewing remotely is ways different from a physical one, the remote interview has become a norm in today’s market. And so, job seekers have to come up with new ways to research the company policies. And we hope this blog will help them find it
Some of the points discussed in this article can help you to get great hints on a company’s culture and expectedly help you in making the right path in your job search!
Good luck! Stay safe!