Experts believe that remote work is here to stay, which means that virtual job interviews will become commonplace too. Here are three things you can do to conduct job interviews remotely and make the most of the process.
Overcommunicate the Essential Information
If a job interview usually generates anxiety in candidates, this effect is usually compounded when technology comes into play. The possibility of experiencing technical glitches and the lack of human interaction tend to make the process even more demanding than usual. A good way to ease the stress of your prospective employees is to overcommunicate the essential information, including:
- Time and date of the interview
- Name of the interviewer
- The technical tools you will use
- An outline of the process
Keep It Personal
A virtual interview doesn’t have to be “remote” in the emotional sense of the term. While the warmth of one-on-one interactions is unbeatable, there are ways to keep things personal, engaging, and empathetic. For example:
- If possible, take notes by hand instead of typing
- Don’t shy away from small talk
- Address the candidate by name
- Project a welcoming body language: uncross your arms, smile when appropriate, and look into the camera
Fine-Tune your Culture Pitch for Remote Interviews
Simply put, a culture pitch is a statement that conveys what’s unique about your company, what are your values, and why a candidate should be excited to join your team. Fine-tuning your culture pitch to ensure it works in a remote interview has several advantages. First, it adds a much-needed touch of human enthusiasm and warmth. But it also communicates the importance you place on your culture, a factor that is crucial to the success of any business, as the pandemic has amply demonstrated.
More Tips and Resources for Business Owners
These are some previous posts you can check out for more ideas on how to lead with confidence:
- 3 Mistakes to avoid when promoting your small business online
- How to promote creativity in the workplace
- 3 trends every small business should consider in 2021
- How to be a better communicator this 2021
- Adapt to new consumer trends with these ideas and tools
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