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Discover our best tried-and-tested 7 tips for software engineers, technical recruiters, and hiring managers looking to find their next great team member.
Will your team ever go back to the office? For many, the answer is “no.”
This seismic shift means many business processes must go completely virtual, including interviewing and hiring software engineers. Karat has conducted over 100k technical interviews — all remotely — and established the following best practices on how to conduct remote technical interviews for software engineers.
Next are 7 tips for conducting a successful remote technical interview as outlined by our expert Interview Engineers:
Start preparing for your next technical interviews by developing clear interviewer guidelines for interview length, content, communication, and write-ups. You can support the training and improvement of your hiring managers by recording interviews and having more experienced interviewers review and provide feedback.
57% of companies that are satisfied with their engineering hires track interviewer performance — compared to just 43% of those who are not satisfied.
Dedicating specific engineers to interviewing sets up a core group that can focus on improving signal and candidate experience. Plus, this creates shared accountability for the outcome of the hiring process. Each interviewer can gain empathy by experiencing an interview with your team as part of a mock interview process, especially if they are more tenured.
Successful remote technical interviewing processes align competencies to roles, are transparent with the candidate about competencies required for the job, assess one competency at a time, avoid ambiguity, and share this information with all interviewers.
Use structured interview rubrics to create a shared vocabulary for interview write-ups. This will align your hiring bar around concrete observations that interviewers can make on each competency. The impact is a better hiring signal and less bias.
Use clear and kind verbal communication to build rapport with candidates by expressing empathy and providing verbal support. Ask if there are follow-up questions, and clearly articulate what competencies are being tested.
Non-verbal communication matters in a remote interview. Making eye contact is just as important in a remote technical interview as an in-person interview. This means looking at the camera. Low or high camera angles might make it look like the candidate (or interviewer) is standing above or below the person they are speaking to.
Consider your global footprint — and the locations of your candidates — when scheduling interviews. Another one of the best practices for conducting remote technical interviews is to open up availability 24/7 if you can.
Remote technical interviewing presents an opportunity to schedule interviews on a candidate’s time, potentially outside of normal business hours, which is especially critical in a world where people are working from home.
A typical onsite interview loop could take six to eight hours in a single block of time. Taking onsite interviews remotely means you can break it up into segments over two or three days, keeping both candidates and interviewers fresh.
Note: To handle the challenges of remote interviews, turn to dedicated Interview Engineers. At Karat, we connect you to experienced technical interview specialists to calibrate interviews to your hiring bar and ensure 24/7 candidate support. This allows you to schedule interviews according to a candidate’s preferences, regardless of time zone. It also means you won’t have to rush the interviewing process as you can break it across multiple calls and make sure there’s an expert available to deliver a professional candidate experience.
Consider your interactive developer environment (IDE). If you don’t have a proper code editor, consider other options to simulate a coding interview, but avoid a standard text editor like Google Docs. Ensure that you have features like testing, auto brackets, and clarifications.
Through Karat Studio, Interview Engineers and candidates get access to their technical assessments and project discussions in one single place. The platform provides an integrated two-way video conferencing and an IDE tool so you won’t have to use multiple apps for your tech assessments.
Encourage both candidates and interviewers to do the following before the interview:
If you enjoyed our guide on how to do technical interviews, don’t forget to share your biggest worries in the comments section below and we’ll get back soon. In the meantime, you can continue polishing your interviewing skills by learning to turn tech assessments into more human and inclusive ones.
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