Are you just transitioning to video interviews? Have you been using them for a while now but want to get better at it? Either way, the following checklist will help you become a pro at conducting video interviews:
Before the Interview
- Get to know your video interview software well, especially if it is something you have never used before. Try out all the functionalities you might use during and after the interview.
- Put some thought into your room setup. Consider lighting, camera angle, table, background, notepad, and anything else you will need during the interview.
- Test your camera, microphone, and internet connectivity before each interview. Get your candidates to do the same with their tech. You don’t want to be hollering, “Can you hear me now?” to each other for half of your interview time.
- Pick out appropriate clothes. Make sure your outfit does not blend into your background, and also be sure you are wearing something that represents your workplace culture. Basically, don’t wear something you wouldn’t wear to an in-person interview.
- Use the right tools to make virtual interviewing hassle-free. To collaborate with the other members of an interview panel, make use of interview scorecards and collaborative HR tools like Freshteam to gather objective feedback and keep all hiring discussions in one place.
During the Interview
- Make the candidate comfortable by asking some casual questions before you begin the interview. Taking a few minutes to connect with the candidate up front will help them get used to the virtual setup. Send them some guidelines beforehand, if necessary.
- If the candidate is unable to find a quiet place to interview from or has connectivity issues on their side, be considerate and thoughtful.
- Lay out a clear agenda and stick to the timing. Before the interview starts, view the candidate’s screening results and write down the skills you want to test them on during the interview itself.
- Write down all your observations to share with the other members of the interview panel, or make a private note on your interview scheduler where you can record formal feedback to submit later, especially if the interview is not being recorded…