Virtual interviews
Is Paramount still hiring?

Yes, Paramount is still actively recruiting for a variety of open positions that can be found via Paramount Careers.

Has Paramount moved to virtual hiring? If so, what if I had an in-person interview already scheduled?

Yes, all hiring will be done virtually; there are no exceptions. If you had an in-person interview scheduled, you should have received an update from your recruiter. If you did not receive any updates, please reach out to your recruiting contact for further information.

Do I need to use video for the interview or can I just dial in via phone?

First-round interviews generally involve speaking with a recruiter via phone or video call. Second-round interviews involve speaking to a hiring manager and are typically handled virtually via video call. Please let your recruiter know if you do not have access to a webcam.

Do you treat virtual interviews the same as on-site interviews?

Yes, though they are set up differently, the process is the same.

What are best practices for conducting virtual interviews from home?
Prior to your virtual interview:
Test your technology

Make sure you have good service and a stable connection, and be sure to test your audio/camera.

Research/Create an outline

Although you won’t physically be there in person, prepare, prepare, prepare! Research the company, curate questions - this is a great opportunity to ask questions about the team dynamics and workplace.

Test the virtual interview platform

Your recruiting contact will send you a link with a meeting ID# prior to your interview. Please test this link prior to your scheduled time to make sure the platform works with your technology.

Prior to my virtual interview, what can I do to prepare?
The interview:
Find a quiet place

Don’t allow for disruptions, keep your phone on silent, and be sure to speak loudly and clearly.

Retest your connection

Take a few minutes beforehand to ensure it is strong and working properly.

Dress professionally

Dress the part. As a general rule, if you wouldn’t wear your attire to an in-person interview, then don’t wear it to a virtual interview. You want to make a great first impression - look put together and professional.

Frame the camera

Make sure your background isn’t distracting; you will want your face to frame the camera. Tip: Stack a pile of books under your computer to bring it to eye level.

Have your resume in front of you

Make notes for yourself, but be sure not to look down too often.

Body Language

Sit with good posture and make eye contact with the interviewer to show you’re engaged. You want to ensure you have good lighting so the interviewer can see your reactions (smile often and nod).

Relax and be yourself

Virtual interviews can be more challenging, but try to relax so that your personality and skills can shine through! Now is the time to discuss why you are a great fit for the role and why you are enthusiastic about joining ViacomCBS. Good luck!

How should I plan to follow up afterward?
Post Interview:
Send a thank you note

Always follow up with a thank you note within 24 hours. Relate it to your interview, and don’t make it generic. Note: Everything from your resume to your interview and thank you note is a representation of you and how you will act as an employee.

How should I handle tech issues or interruptions?
What if...
Your video/audio stops working

Before your interview, ask the interviewer for a phone number where you can reach them if you experience technical difficulties.

Noise/Interruptions

Sometimes things happen (construction, sirens, alarms). If this occurs, feel free to ask the interviewer for a few minutes or mute your microphone.