Over the last few years, technology has really advanced and most people have become more and more enthralled in technology. When COVID-19 engulfed our country in early 2020, technology took another leap, and how we operated our businesses vastly changed. The “new norm” included working remotely and from home, online meetings, and even interviews being entirely virtual.
As with anything, some people are more advanced than others with technology. For some, technology can cause stress. This extra stress plus the natural nerves of an interview may make some people’s heads spin. According to Lighthouse Research, 43% of candidates think video interviews cause more stress than in-person interviews.
Fortunately, we have some tips on doing virtual interviews.
Develop a clear, structured process. Keep everyone on the same page by outlining your virtual interview process from start to finish.
Familiarize and test your video interviewing tools. Offering to coach anyone on features or technology is a great way to show you care and are willing to help.
Decide the best place for interviewing. Interviewers should find a quiet, well-lit space where they’re unlikely to be disturbed, and have an uncluttered background and strong Wi-Fi connection.
Build a personal connection early. Take a few minutes for small talk at the start of an interview, and smile and nod to show interest.
Before conducting a virtual interview, make sure the candidate is familiar and comfortable with the navigation process. A virtual interview may seem less personal but keep in mind this is the time to sell your company and the team. 65% of professionals agree that the impression you make online is just as important as the one you make in person.
At the end of the virtual interview, inform the applicant of what they can expect moving forward. Let them know when you plan to choose a candidate for the position and how you will inform candidates on whether or not they’re offered the job. For more human resource tips, reach out to see how we can help.