Discovering Your Business’s Remote Interview Process

Keely Teynor

tips for conducting a remote interview

Discovering Your Business’s Remote Interview Process

Since the start of the pandemic, remote job interviews have become increasingly common across industries. While you may consider yourself a pro at conducting in-person interviews, video meetings with potential employees may be a little different. Here are some tips to help you discover your business’s remote interview process and prepare you on how to make the most of online interviews.

Preparation is key

While remote interviewing may seem easier than meeting with a potential employee in-person, online interviews still take preparation. Figure out what members of the management team will host the call and what online meeting platform you’ll be using (Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, etc.) Be sure to conduct the call in a location with a strong Wi-Fi connection as well and make sure the device you’re using is fully charged and fully capable of lasting throughout the duration of the interview. Preparing your technology is a great first step to conducting a successful interview. Have a list of questions ready, just as you would for an in-person interview. This will help aid the conversation along.

Always have a backup plan

While you may have done all the preparation you can to get ready for the interview, technology sometimes has a mind of its own. Maybe your Wi-Fi goes out the day of the interview and you’ll need to change locations, or maybe the online meeting platform is experiencing crashes and you can’t connect or join the call. Always have the candidate’s contact information in case you need to get in touch with them via phone or email just in case. Always think ahead and have a Plan B in situations where you’re conducting a remote interview.

Be professional

Online interviews can have a more relaxed and laid back feel to them. Work from home made it acceptable to wear sweatpants while working in the comfort of your own home, but be sure to present yourself in a professional manner to your candidate. Dress appropriately and make sure your background is free of distractions. Zoom and other platforms have options to set or blur your background, which is a great feature to utilize for online interviews.

Pay attention

It’s harder to pick up on cues from facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, and other mannerisms over a video call than in a face-to-face meeting. Be sure to pay close attention and monitor your candidate on their gestures, how they respond to distractions, and more. This will give you an idea of if they work well under pressure or external conditions that may be distracting.

Stay focused

Just like an in-person interview, it’s important to stay on task. Your candidate’s time (and yours) is valuable, regardless of if you had to commute to the interview. Be on time, stay focused and keep the questions and conversation rolling.

How can we help?

Hire With Ease can help you in the recruitment process by interviewing candidates and finding the ones best fit for your workplace with our flat rate recruiting packages. We’re dedicated to taking the time to understand what makes your business special and aid you in finding talent best suited for your specific business needs. We’ll help you throughout the entire interview process.

Learn more about our services and how we can help you find the right candidates for your company by getting in touch with one of our hiring specialists today!