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8 months ago by Silvana Hawkes

5 Remote Interviewing Techniques for Employers

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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.