How to Interview During a Pandemic

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Although interviewing job candidates during a pandemic is less than ideal, you can still have a great experience.
Interview During a Pandemic

1. Test Your Technology

​From 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 Ready

No 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 Expectations

Your 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.

4. Give Recruits Tips for Successful Virtual Interviews

While it’s important to have reasonable expectations going into your remote job interview, you can still set the interview up for success. Consider sending applicants a list of tips for successful remote interviews ahead of time, including detailed instructions for how to use the video chatting platform of choice. You want applicants to put their best foot forward even with the unique circumstances. Give them the opportunity to do so!

5. Don't Stray Too Much From Your Standard Interview Questions

Although a lot will obviously have to change with a remote interview, a lot should also stay the same. Review any notes you’ve taken on past interviews. Use these as a guide to keep some level of normalcy with your remote interview. Most of the same questions and procedures will still apply.

Find Your Dream Candidate

​Although interviewing job candidates during a pandemic is less than ideal, you can still have a great experience. The perfect candidate for your open position is out there. Hiring Team is here to help you through every step of the hiring process, including interview guides, structure, and best hiring practices. Schedule a call with us today!

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Marketing Manager at AgHires. Karyn enjoys learning and discovering new ways to help clients to reach their goals. Hiring Team takes the guesswork and frustration out of the hiring process. Your on-demand Hiring Team will cut down your time spent hiring up to 70%.