How to Successfully Conduct Remote Interviews

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the way your business engages with job candidates. Now, your company hosts remote interviews via video conference to assess candidates’ skills and experience.  

Remote interviews can be beneficial if you plan accordingly. If you prepare for these interviews, you can make a positive impression on job candidates and boost the likelihood of consistently hiring top talent to fill roles across your company.   

Tips to Successfully Conduct Remote Interviews  

Here are five tips to help you remotely interview job candidates.  

  1. Find the Right Technology

Evaluate video conferencing tools, how they work, and their advantages and disadvantages. This enables you to analyze different video conferencing options for your remote interviews. Once you find a video conferencing tool that meets your requirements, implement it into your interview process. That way, you can use your video conferencing tool of choice to connect with candidates from around the globe seamlessly  

  1. Set Up a Designated Interview Space

Ensure all remote interviews are held in a quiet setting, where you won’t have to worry about distractions or noise. Typically, it helps to set up a designated interview space in your home or office. This space ensures you can easily communicate with remote job candidates. It also enables you to stay focused on the task at hand, so you can determine if a candidate is a good fit for a role with your company.  

  1. Test Your Tech Before Your Interview

Verify that your microphone, camera, and other video conferencing equipment are working properly before your interview. Ideally, it helps to log in to a remote interview a few minutes early, so you can ensure all technology components are performing as expected. If you identify any technical issues, address these problems immediately.  

  1. Include Only Essential Personnel in Your Interview

Ensure only relevant staff are present during a remote interview. This helps simplify communication with a candidate and minimizes the risk of interruptions. Keep in mind that if you believe a candidate may be the right choice for a role, you can always host a remote follow-up interview that includes additional staff as well.   

  1. Listen Attentively Throughout the Interview

Look directly into your camera throughout a remote interview. This lets you replicate eye contact with a candidate. Also, listen closely to what a candidate has to say and nod your head, smile, and use other forms of body language to show him or her you are actively engaged in the conversation. Resist the urge to speak up as the candidate is speaking, too. Instead, wait until a candidate is done speaking to respond to him or her.  

Host Remote Interviews with Exceptional Job Candidates 

Remote interviews are becoming increasingly common, and you can use them to engage with job candidates like never before. Meanwhile, Accurate Staffing makes it simple to host remote interviews with top talent across your industry. We partner with leading companies in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia and help them connect with outstanding professionals who can fill a wide range of roles. To learn more, please contact us today.    

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