Navigating Interviews and Working Remotely Jobs/Internships

  • Make sure you are sitting in a well lit area with not too much distraction behind you and in a professional area, for example, not sitting on your bed
  • Dress professionally
  • Keep any pets out of the room
  • Make sure there is not any background noise and use headphones if needed
  • Download any necessary video interview software well in advance of the meeting
  • Test out video and microphone before the interview takes place to ensure everything is in working order
  • Print out any materials you may refer to during the interview, like your resume, so that you are not playing with the screen during the interview
  • For Presentations: Use video conferencing that allows for sharing screens
  • For Technical Interviews: Use online Peer Coding Platforms such as HackerRank to conduct coding portions of the interview.
  • Be yourself - let your personality shine as you would during an in-person interview!
Videos to assist with virtual interviews and communicating with potential employers

  1. The Right Equipment

  2. A virtual position will require certain equipment to complete most of the basic functions and tasks. Specifically, most will require:
    • Laptop, Mac, or computer (preferably with a video camera)
    • Stable and reliable internet access
    • Access to virtual engagement tools (Google Meets/Hangouts, Zoom, Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Meets, Skype, etc.)
    • A phone


  3. Designate an Organized Space for Working Remotely

  4. Work where you work, and sleep where you sleep. Do not work from your bed. Designate a space for your “remote or home office” and make the space inviting and comfortable, but functional. Keep your remote office away from areas of key distraction like the television, etc. Have an area that is used for working purposes and can be differentiated when you are in the working zone.


  5. Maintaining a Normal Working Schedule

  6. Establish and maintain a normal working schedule and routine, with breaks, lunch, etc. Get up, get dressed, and get to work. This doesn’t require putting on a suit, but you should be prepared for video calls and meetings. Do not stay in your PJ’s. During designated working hours shut everything off and focus on your work and the projects that need attention. When you are finished with work, then turn things off for the day, if permitted.


  7. Ensure a Structured Workday

  8. Plan each week with set goals and prioritize the required tasks to achieve. Structure each workday according to the assigned projects tasks, with daily check-ins to assure alignment and progress.


  9. Communicate Like Never Before

  10. When working remotely, communication as a whole is even more critical, but will also require more effort. Given required goals and tasks, sometimes things can get lost in translation and may not be as clear as if you were working on projects in person. Assure all projects, goals and tasks are outlined in writing and then discuss and follow up through a video conference or call. If you haven’t understood a message or any communication clearly, it is important to speak up and regularly clarify the requirements and direction and assure you and your employer are on the same page. It is always beneficial to supplement email or text communications with frequent face-to-face/video sessions or voice interactions. Video conferencing and talking on the phone helps convey tone and body language that are fundamental to overall effective communication. Video conferencing is especially important for reviewing in-depth projects and challenges


  11. Set Goals and Track Progress

  12. Agree on goals and objectives, and track key projects and output, allowing for breaks and down time. Tracking activities and progress toward specific deliverables can help reduce distractions such as internet browsing, social media surfing, etc.


  13. Assume Accountability & Communicate Immediately Communicate Problems

  14. If you are unable to complete a project, task, or program remotely, be accountable and transparent about it. Communicate any problems you encounter immediately with your Supervisor so they can provide support and apply extra resources as required.


  15. Avoid Distractions. Take Breaks

  16. During the scheduled or designated working hours, set aside all other personal tasks or distractions, and behave just as if you were not working remotely or from home. Ask friends and family not to contact you during designated working hours. It’s important to take (short) breaks from your work, which will also boost productivity. Source: How Virtual Internships Work


For more information, please call the FAU Career Center at (561) 297-3533 or email
 Last Modified 4/30/20