Interviewing During COVID-19: Tips from Our Hiring Team

On March 13th, the entire Koddi team transitioned to working remotely. As we’ve witnessed the world shift into social distancing and working from home as the new norm, our employees are embracing new challenges and taking care of our clients to ensure no losses in efficiency, communication, collaboration, or productivity.

Our People and Culture team developed several new internal guides on working from home, healthcare benefits, learning and development opportunities, and remote interviews. In this blog post, we’ll share some of the tips from our Guide to Remote Interviews. We hope these best practices will serve as a helpful resource for those who are hiring or looking for a new job opportunity.

How To Prepare for Virtual Interviews

While an in-person interview typically offers the best chance to get a sense for an office’s environment and culture, remote interviews can still be an effective means to connect with a team and experience the ‘onsite’ from the comfort of your home. Here are a few tips that will set you up for success:

  • Inform your household: Set proper expectations for anyone who may be at home with you throughout the day. Make sure that they understand the time and duration of the interview, so they are less likely to interrupt or create distractions.
  • Set up your space: Find a quiet room or workspace with minimal distractions and comfortable seating. Doing a virtual interview in a designated workspace will keep the setting professional, even if you’re self-quarantined in your home. Find a well-lit area of your home, and avoid having your back to a window, which can create shadows.
  • Get your equipment ready: To reduce any possible audio feedback for others on the call, use headphones for audio instead of your laptop speakers. If you do have unavoidable background noise, let your interviewers know in advance that you will be muting when not speaking to minimize disruptions. Ensure that your microphone and headphones are working properly before the interview starts. You won’t want to waste valuable interview time resolving technical issues.
  • Test your camera: If there’s an option to use video in your interview, make sure your camera is working ahead of time. Video improves virtual communication and gives both the interviewer and interviewee the ability to pick up on nonverbal cues.
  • Turn your phone to silent: When you are interviewing, you should provide your undivided attention to the interview panel. Those COVID-19 memes and messages can divert focus and can add unnecessary noise, so let’s keep them at bay.
  • Dress to impress: Get ready for the interview just as you would for an on-site visit. Opt for clothing that will help you feel professional, smart, and confident. Some will argue that for virtual interviews, you only need to be “camera-ready” from the waist up, but we’ll leave that for you to decide.

(Koddi’s People and Culture team meeting virtually)

Hiring at Koddi

In the midst of all that our team is doing to take on new challenges introduced by COVID-19, we’re also continuing to hire and grow the key areas of our business. Some of the roles we have open today include Software Engineers, Senior Product Manager, Senior UX Designer, Digital Marketing Analysts, and Ad Optimization Manager.

You can check out all the available positions on our Careers page and apply today. Just because we are all confined to our homes, doesn’t mean that new career opportunities should be missed. Working from home might be the new norm (at least for the time being), so let’s do all that we can to make the most of this season!

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