How to Ensure Your Video Interviewing is Up to Scratch
The way we work and conduct business has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, especially when it comes to recruiting. The traditional methods of recruiting - which largely focused on meeting candidates in person, and asking questions face to face - are no longer the only option. Now, a lot of employers and hiring managers are embracing video interviewing. Video interviewing has become increasingly popular, and it’s easy to see why. It streamlines the recruitment process, broadens your pool of candidates and improves the overall recruiting experience. But, this is only the case if you know how to conduct video interviews correctly.
Top Tips for Successful Video Interviewing
- Have the Right Technical Set Up - When you are interviewing someone via video, you need to have the right technical set up. This means having good lighting, and conducting the interview somewhere that looks appealing, or somewhere that is representative of the working environment a successful candidate can expect. It’s also important to have a stable internet connection. To ensure you don’t miss any information, use a transcription app to reduce note taking. This will enable you to focus on the interview itself, knowing that you can refer to detailed notes after.
- Change Your Interview Style and Interview Techniques - Though you don’t need to change everything about the way that you interview, you do need to focus on hiring techniques that work via video. This means pausing for longer to give the candidate a chance to answer, without you talking over them. You also need to show that you are listening to what they are saying with your body language. For example, by nodding along and giving cues.
- Don’t Forget About Interview Etiquette - A lot of people forget about interview etiquette when they are conducting a video interview, assuming it to be a more relaxed and less formal occasion. However, it’s still important to showcase your professionalism and dedication to finding the ideal candidate. This means being on time, dressing appropriately and turning off any distractions. A candidate is more likely to be engaged and interested in the role, if you are engaged and interested in them.
Video interviewing has become an essential tool for companies and hiring managers alike. It allows you to cast a wider net in your search for top talent, whilst also ensuring that candidates can showcase their skills and personalities effectively, regardless of their location and enabling you to interview more people in a time that’s convenient for you.
If you are interested in including video interviewing as part of your recruitment process, get in touch with Optima.