how to conduct effective virtual interviews

How to Conduct Effective Virtual Interviews

If you have a business that relies on remote workers, there may be the need to conduct virtual interviews. This is especially the case if a vetting process is required to not only allow candidates to showcase their proclaimed skills and capabilities, but also to get an idea of how candidates operate in such a work environment where supervision is low. 

The vetting process begins with an online interview, and while resumes and cover letters may tell a lot about a potential hire, having a face-to-face conversation through technological means allows a business to better understand and gauge their candidates. 

However, having a virtual interview can be a daunting task. Therefore, the Find Your Audience team has compiled a list of tips and tricks on how to conduct effective virtual interviews. 

Be prepared with questions

Know what to look for when determining if a candidate will be the right fit for your company. This can be done by carefully going over their resume, cover letter, as well as professional online pages such as LinkedIn and portfolio. One key information is gathered, ensure that you have a list of job-specific questions for the interviewee, as well as questions about how their past experience correlates with the position for which they are applying. In addition, it does not hurt to have these questions written down either on an online document or on paper to help you keep track of the interviewing process. 

Make sure the technology works

Virtual interviews require the use and troubleshooting of technology. Therefore, before the interview takes place, make sure that the technology involved is functioning properly. This not only ensures that the meeting will occur on time, but also showcase a level of professionalism when communicating with potential candidates. You can check the microphone, video, wireless connection, as well as whether or not your recording software is in good working order before the start of an interview.

Dress professionally for the interview

Although an interview is virtual, it doesn’t mean that the parties involved shouldn’t dress professionally. Wearing the appropriate attire results in a message that the interview is being taken in a serious manner. This is in addition to displaying professionalism over a screen and respect for the potential hire, which can, in turn, have an effect on your company’s reputation. 

Minimize the background noise

In order to have a virtual interview be taken seriously, make sure to minimize the background noise. The interview should be held in an environment where all involved parties are free from distractions and can be heard clearly. This is only in addition to making sure that the chosen interview space is acceptable in terms of cleanliness and lighting, as such elements can add another layer of professionalism.

Follow up after the interview

Once an interview is over, it is important to go over your notes and recordings, as this step can help you keep track of whether or not a candidate checks all the ideal employee boxes. Following up with the interviewee is an action that should also be taken into consideration, as this can aid in receiving answers that may come up after reviewing the virtual conversation. Such a procedure can also detail the next steps that a candidate should take if they wish to work for your company. 

The hiring process can be a tricky one, and this is especially the case with virtual interviews. Whether a candidate is applying for a position related to remote work or are only available for an online interview, a business should be prepared to put its best foot forward and remain prepared and professional. 

The Find Your Audience team is here to help clients with various vetting processes through digital and in-person means. To learn more about how the team can take your business to the next level in terms of quality contractors, influencers, and industry leaders, contact either 647-479-0688 or hi@findyouraudience.online.

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