Although interviewing job candidates during a pandemic is less than ideal, you can still have a great experience.
1. Test Your TechnologyFrom Webex to Skype to GoToMeeting, there are many different options for remote interviewing. If this is the first remote interview you’ve conducted, make sure you look into the different options and find the one that’s best for your organization.
You should never try using your tech of choice for the first time the day of your interview. Have at least one practice run with the technology. When it’s time for the interview, you should be more focused on the interview and less focused on the technology. Make sure you have strong sound quality and test your internet connection before you begin the interview.
2. Have a Back Up Plan ReadyNo matter how much you prepare before the interview, sometimes things will go wrong. Technology may fail you. In case that happens, it’s important to have a backup platform. Having different video chatting and audio option at the ready will help set you up for success.
3. Hold Reasonable ExpectationsYour traditional expectations for interviewing a job candidate should shift a bit during a pandemic. For example, eye contact is usually given a lot of weight in job interviews. It’s considered a sign of professionalism and confidence. But making eye contact isn’t so simple over video chat. It can be difficult to get the perfect placement of your web cam to make it look like you’re making eye contact. At the end of the day, how a candidate is making eye contact or using their body language isn’t going to make them more qualified.
It’s also important to start the interview by acknowledging the unique circumstances. Let the candidate know that if they lose their connection, they can call back and it won’t be an issue.