Video interviews were becoming more popular even before the pandemic outbreak. But since COVID-19 has spread around the country, video interviewing has become almost standard operating procedure. But conducting a video interview effectively involves more than just sitting in front of a camera. It starts even before you turn the camera on.
Here are the steps to take for a successful virtual interviewing process.
1. Put the right technology in place and test it
These days, there are many different options for videoconferencing – Zoom, Skype, BlueJeans, Microsoft Team, and Google Hangouts Meet, among others. To make sure the interview runs smoothly, you should try out your equipment in advance. Check to see that the signal is strong enough, that the camera and microphone are in good working order, and that they are arranged so that the candidate can easily see and hear you.
If you are using a screen sharing setup, check that out as well beforehand to use it proficiently during the interview.
Make sure you are familiar with the job description and the candidate’s resume before the interview. Write up a list of questions in advance. Make sure you have a suitable room available and that you have the technical support you need.
Check with the candidate to see if they are satisfied with the networking device being used and are familiar with how to use it. Also, inform the candidate of everyone who will be interviewing him or her to prepare accordingly.
Contact everyone involved with the interview to see if they all have the correct date and time and that they know the duties of the job and who will supervise the new hire.
3. Promote the company brand
The interview is an opportunity to emphasize your brand. To do that, every interviewer needs to be on the same page as far as the mission and goals of the department or team, future projects, and career growth opportunities.
4. Make a plan
You need to know what specific skills and abilities you are looking for in filling the position. After you have established that, you should develop questions designed to determine whether the candidate possesses those skills and to what degree.
Each interviewer should focus on those skills the person must have to perform the tasks needed for that particular manager.
Because video interviews lack the kind of connection you can make with candidates when interviewing them face to face, it is all the more vital that you maintain good communication with them. That means keeping them informed about the process – where they are in the process, what the next steps are, how long it is likely to take, and how many candidates are being evaluated.
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