With the shift to working remotely, companies have to transfer many of their typical face-to-face processes online, including HR interviews with potential employees.
However, much of the interview process involves ascertaining an individual’s “hireability” by analyzing their ability to think on their feet, non-verbal cues, and interactions with others in the office.
To seamlessly host virtual interviews and hire employees remotely, use these best practices:
Use a Reliable Video Conferencing Tool
When interviewing with a company, candidates expect the process to be professional and seamless. However, if the video conferencing tool you use is cutting out, dropping the call, or streaming with a poor resolution, it makes an unprofessional first impression for potential candidates.
We recommend using a secure and reliable tool, like GlobalMeet, for video conferencing.
Review All Job Materials Before the Interview
Before hopping onto the video interview, be sure to look over the job description one last time. This will help you remember what you are looking for in a candidate.
Also, review the candidate’s application, resume, and other materials before the interview. Doing so ensures that the important details are at the top of your mind when you start the interview.
Define a Hiring Plan and Timeline in Advance
When hosting virtual interviews, it’s important to have a defined hiring plan and timeline in place.
First, define how the interview process will be conducted. Are there several levels of interviews with different managers? Will the candidates be required to complete specific tasks, projects, or tests to prove their skills and competency? Knowing this will help interviewers understand the entire process and answer any of the candidates’ questions about the hiring and onboarding experience.
Remember to Analyze Soft Skills
During a virtual interview, it can be all too easy to focus on the candidate’s qualifications and hard skills such as level of education, certifications, years of experience, and understanding of specific software.
While these skills and accolades are admirable and perhaps necessary, an individual’s soft skills are a critical part of being a helpful and productive employee. Soft skills can include:
- Effective communication
- Listening skills
- Ability to read non-verbal cues
- Creative thinking
A few ways to understand if an individual exhibits these traits and skills can be to:
- Have several interview rounds, each with a different manager, team member, or executive
- Ask the candidate to participate in a panel-style interview
- Talk to the candidate about previous work experiences where they were challenged or needed to find a solution
With our best practices in place, you’ll be an expert at hosting online interviews and will find the right candidate for your company.