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Virtual Interview Best Practices

by Jenna Bacchus

The current state of the world has shifted nearly everything, including the way that organizations are recruiting. However, just because hiring has changed it does not mean that organizations are denied the best candidates for the position. While the process may be different, it can still be done successfully. To help you and your organization manage this shift, we have prepared a summary of the best practices for virtual interviews.


Technology.

This is arguably the most important aspect of a virtual interview. You must ensure that your technology and software of choice works seamlessly. This means testing the technology prior to the interview and ensuring that each part has access to the correct meetings.


Prepare.

Although the interview is not taking place in-person, you still need to prepare just the same. This includes spending time before the interview to gather the correct candidate information, preparing thoughtful questions, and understanding the candidate’s background.


Be Professional.
This goes without saying, but although this is a virtual interview it is important to treat it with the same professionalism as an in-person interview. This involves dressing appropriately, maintaining eye-contact, utilizing positive body language, and eliminating all distractions.


The Right Space.

Another thing to keep in mind is the space around you. Ideally, this is a quiet and private space with good lighting, and that the camera is adjusted to be level with your eyes. This will not only ensure that the interview goes smoothly, but it also allows the candidate to see you clearly and in turn feel better connected to you.


Highlight The Workplace.

One of the downsides to virtual interviews is that the candidate cannot get a feel for the workplace and you cannot see how they interact with the workplace. While the latter cannot be avoided, you can avoid the first issue by showing the candidate images and videos of the workplace. This allows the candidate to visualize themselves working in that space and will make them more receptive to an eventual offer.


Build A Relationship.

While the workplace is important, it is known that people join organizations for the people. In a virtual interview, it is important to build a relationship with the candidate as it will make them feel more comfortable with you, your organization, and accepting an eventual offer. The best way to connect is to look into the camera, not at the candidate’s picture on the screen.

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