With working from home now the norm, the likelihood to meet face to face for job interviews is very unlikely. Virtual job interviews have become another part of the new reality and we have put together some online interview tips to help you though it . The remote interview is a new experience for many work seekers, but it’s a practice that’s likely to be with us into the foreseeable future. It is therefore worth coming to grips with the best ways to conduct the virtual interview. It is not just the candidate that must come to grips with the virtual interview, many employers are also experiencing the process for the first time. Remote interviews may add to the applicant’s nervous tension ahead of the interview, but the employer must deal with increased complexity in preparing for the interview. Virtual job interviews are not easy for either the candidate or the employer, but you can make it easier. Here’s how:
1. Familiarise yourself with the tech
Preparing for the appointment is all-important. Set yourself up so that the light exposes your facial features, rather than putting you in silhouette. The candidate must be able to connect with you and this can only happen if they can clearly see your facial expressions. For effective communication make sure that the camera is at eye level. If you haven’t used your video conferencing equipment do a trial run and make sure that you know how to use it.
2. Inform the candidate of what to expect
Make sure that the candidate knows how to connect to the interview. Inform them of who will attend and give them a rundown of what they can expect. If you have asked them to make a presentation ensure that they can share the presentation and inform them of the time limits that you have set.
3. Make sure the candidate is relaxed as possible
Before you launch into the interview, make small talk about general, neutral topics. Introduce yourself with a friendly smile in the same way you would if you were in a room together. To get the most out of the interview your candidate should be as calm and comfortable as possible.
4. Make sure you are prepared to meet the candidate
Before the interview, go through the CV and prepare your questions. These should include questions that test the candidate’s handling of various circumstance and their emotional responses to situations. Using a similar list of questions for all candidates will allow you to draw a comparison between the various candidates and may help with the final decision on the outcome.
5. Allow the candidate to do most of the talking
It is essential that you refrain from butting in with online communication allowing the other person to complete their discussion. The golden rule is to WAIT (why am I talking?). Online, the whole discussion will fall apart when people start to talk over one another. Pause at the end of the candidate’s discussion before you ask your next question. Engage in active listening. Keep notes about the discussion, and if the candidate permits it, make a recording.
6. Allow for a free flow of conversation
A good interview isn’t just about ticking off questions, it’s about actively listening and then asking additional questions that flow from the
answers. This tactic can take you down avenues that you wouldn’t otherwise have ventured into. It can help you get interesting insights into the behaviour and character of the candidate. The purpose of the interview is, after all, not only to find out about the experience, skills and competencies of the candidate but to ensure that they’ll make a good fit with the rest of the team.