5 Remote Interviewing Techniques for Employers
The way we work has changed over the last 12 months and so has the way employers conduct interviews. With many still working from home, remote interviewing has taken centre stage of the hiring process and while the process isn’t wildly different from a face-to-face interview it’s important that you consider your approach. To ensure that your remote interview process runs smoothly and you get the most from them, we have put together our top 5 remote interviewing techniques for employers. 1. Choose the right technology With so many video call platforms to choose from it can be hard to know which one is best to use. It’s important you choose one that is widely known such as Zoom or Teams and that is user friendly to ensure candidates have access to them and can use them with ease. Once you have decided on which platform to use, test it to make sure it does everything you need it to do and that it works well. 2. Treat them the same as traditional interviews Prepare for a remote interview in the exact same way you would a face-to-face interview. Make sure you have the candidates CV to hand and that you have conducted your candidate research as well as prepared your agenda and questions. It’s important that your remote interview has structure to keep it professional. 3. Think about your body language One of the biggest challenges of conducting remote interviews is processing non-verbal cues such as tone, pitch of voice and body language. Keep your tone calm and be sure to leave time for candidates to respond to avoid talking over them. Focus your attention on the candidate and keep eye contact to demonstrate you are engaged in the conversation. 4. Ensure your candidate has everything they need Make sure you give the candidate all the information they need to prepare for the interview and ensure they understand the process beforehand, such as how many people will be part of the interview, which platform it will take place on and if they will be asked to perform any tasks or presentations, just as you would for a traditional interview. 5. Choose the right location With many of us working from home, it can be more distracting than an office environment. Home schooling and shared workspaces with other members of the household can create a chaotic environment. Ensure that you find a quiet space to hold remote interviews so you can clearly hear each other and can give the interview your undivided attention.
5 Remote Interviewing Techniques for Candidates
Since the start of the pandemic, remote working has become the new normal. This change in the way we work has led to an increase in remote interviewing. While remote interviewing follows a similar process to face-to-face interviews, it can be easy to think they are less formal or do not require the same level of professionalism, but it’s imperative that you treat the same as a traditional interview. Let’s take a look at 5 remote interviewing techniques for candidates that can help you prepare for your next remote interview. 1. Test your technology Once it has been determined which platform you will use for the interview, check that it is set up correctly and working. Make sure you test your audio and video to avoid making a bad first impression. 2. Dress appropriately While a remote interview may seem less informal than a face-to-face interview, you should still treat it the same. It can be tempting to dress casually but ensure you dress the same as you would if you were attending an interview in the office. 3. Make eye contact Just as you would in a face-to-face interview, make sure you maintain eye contact with your interviewer throughout the duration of the interview. It can be easier to get distracted on a remote interview, so make sure you chose a quiet place to limit noise and interruptions. Check your phone is on silent, place any pets in another room and tell other members of your household not to disturb you. 4. Keep your CV to hand Print your CV and have it next to you on your desk rather than on your screen. This can help you stay focused and avoid you getting distracted by flicking between different tabs or screens. 5. Do your prep Just as you would for a face-to-face interview, make sure you do your prep. Research the company and the position and prepare and rehearse your key questions and answers to avoid long pauses or awkward silences.