Video interviews are becoming more and more common. They’re a great tool for candidates to feel more comfortable with you, your company and the hiring process. In this article, we're going to cover how you can conduct a professional video interview that will give your candidates an enjoyable experience while also helping them get to know you better as their potential future supervisor or manager.
How to conduct a successful video interview
Have a good internet connection
Have a good camera
Have a good microphone
Have good lighting, and
Make sure your background is free of clutter
Create a standardized hiring process
Create a list of questions to ask. Be consistent in the way you interview candidates, and be sure all members of your team know how they're expected to conduct themselves during an interview so there aren't any surprises later on when someone gets hired (or not).
Train your team on video Interviewing
When you're ready to conduct interviews, make sure your team knows how to use the technology. If the interview is being recorded, they should know how to do that as well as what they should expect from the candidate (such as where he or she will be sitting).
You also need to train your team on conducting a professional video interview. This means making sure they don't ask personal questions (a no-no) or bring up sensitive topics like salary expectations or vacation days during an initial conversation with potential candidates--both of which could come across poorly in an uploaded video clip later down the line.
Set up a professional space for video interview
When you're conducting a video interview, it's important to set up a professional space.
Make sure the room is well lit and free of distractions. Make sure the camera is in a good position and that it faces you directly. Turn off any unnecessary items in the background (for example, if you're interviewing someone at their desk, turn off their computer screen). And make sure there are no obvious audio problems--that is, if there's too much background noise or echo in their voice when they speak, this could distract viewers.
Have an alternative if technology fails
It's always a good idea to have a backup plan, just in case the technology fails or you run into some other kind of snag. If the interview is being conducted via Skype or Google Hangouts, consider having someone else who can record it on their phone. If that's not possible and you don't want your guest to be on hold while you run off and find something else (or worse yet, call them back later), then ask if they'd mind conducting a phone call instead. You can always transcribe the audio later if needed--and this way everyone will sound better!
Be the first to arrive on video interview
You should be the first to arrive. Don't let the candidate wait for you, as this could make them feel uncomfortable and anxious. You want your candidates to feel at ease throughout their entire experience with your company, from start to finish.
It's also important that you arrive on time or early enough so that there aren't any delays in getting started with the interview process--you don't want either party wasting time waiting around!
Dress appropriately for video interview
Remember that you are being seen during the video call so it's important to dress professionally. You want to match the company culture and show that you are serious about this job opportunity.
Getting started with Humi
Humi provides both employers and candidates with a professional space in which they can communicate with each other effectively. This allows both parties to get the most out of their interactions and ensures that everyone involved feels comfortable throughout the process--especially when it comes down to making hiring decisions!
We hope that these tips will help you conduct a successful video interview. Remember, it's important to be prepared and professional at all times. You want to create a positive experience for both yourself and the candidate so they'll want to work with you!