It is June 2021 and the pandemic has been raging for over a year now. Naturally, the way we recruit has changed and things might never return to how way they were before. There’s a “new normal” – I promise to not use that phrase again in this article – and we’ve seen a significant increase in the demand for talent as the economy opens up again.
One of the most noticeable differences in the recruitment process is that HR professionals are now conducting the entire recruitment process virtually. At InspHired we’ve seen an increase in the ratio of demand for virtual interviews over face-to-face, which indicates that our clients are more open and willing to interview candidates when done virtually. Despite the efficiency that virtual interviews provide, unfortunately there are a number of ways they can go wrong.
You’ve applied for a job listed by InspHired Recruitment Solutions, you’ve been screened by one of our top consultants, and now our client wants to interview you online… The world of talent is becoming more and more competitive and you want to put your best foot forward. Don’t come this far to only make a silly error that could cost you.
Here are critical tips to ensure your online interview runs smoothly:
- Zoom or Teams or Google Meet?
Do not assume that because you have one of the programs that the others will be the same to navigate. The last thing you want is to try learn to navigate the program under pressure. Download the program ahead of time, make sure it’s compatible with the device you’re using, and at least test it before the interview.
2. Lights, Camera, Action!
Waiting until a few minutes before your interview to log on could be disastrous, be proactive and prepared. Test your lighting and set-up at least an hour before your interview. If it is dull or casting shadows on your face you might have to move, which could affect your connection or noise levels. Ensure you come across professionally and calm in the video, this includes your attire and any inappropriate background objects. Do a few practice runs with someone else to get comfortable and familiar with the process.
3. Silence Please.
Nothing can ruin an interview faster than someone walking into the room at the wrong time or a pet needing your attention while trying to listen to a critical interview question. Make sure you are in a place where you won’t be disturbed. If you don’t have a quiet place in your home then it might be better to find an alternative venue. If you don’t have any suitable options, you can request a face-to-face interview or contact us to use our office interview rooms where we can facilitate your interview.
Need more tips? Call our office today to speak to a consultant.