Virtual/Webcam Interview Tips

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Always schedule the Virtual interview/meeting ahead of time. Randomly Skyping a candidate is the equivalent of dropping in at their home unannounced. The proper etiquette is to schedule an interview at least 1 to 3 days in advance. Pick a date, time, and send them a Calendar Invite.
  2. Make sure your environment is appropriate. When meeting with a candidate, you have to present yourself in a professional environment. You don’t want to Skype them from the bathroom or while you’re lying down. Conduct the meeting in an area with the least distraction and noise. Sit up, as if it were an actual face to face meeting.
  3. Keep eye contact. It is so easy to get distracted by other objects around you. A lot of people are guilty of focusing on an object behind the webcam or looking at themselves on the screen. It is important to let the candidate know that you are paying attention to what they are saying.
  4. Take notes! It’s important to write down short notes before and during the meeting. Make sure you list down all the questions and topics you intend on bringing up, before the interview so you’re prepared. It will help the interview flow in an effortless way and minimize awkward silences. Jot down important details that you liked about the candidate so you circle back around it when you’re considering them for the positions.
  5. Questions. Ask the candidate if they have any questions or comments for you. This is a great way to end a skype interview. It gives both parties the chance to wrap things up without leaving any questions unanswered.
  6. Time Frame. Most candidates ask when they will hear back from you or how much time you’re going to spend, interviewing other candidates. Have a time frame prepared. Tell them to give you a call back within the said time frame. The ones who call back will prove how proactive they are, therefore separating them from the unmotivated candidates.

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