Technology has never been more critical than it is now, especially for the current job market, given that companies still need to hire employees for their businesses and that many organizations are still operating remotely. As the CDC and government have asked that we continue to social distance, it has become critical for both human resources and candidates to navigate and perfect the virtual interviewing process. Even more, interest has grown in hiring "sight unseen," where new hires start their roles before ever stepping foot into the building.
In my experience working in HR, I've personally had several fantastic virtual interviews with candidates. What made them exceptional was that the candidates did several things: their internet connection was excellent, so there were no delays, echoes, or fragmented screens; they also set the stage by being in a simplified location or office, which meant no distractions for either of us; the lighting was perfect; and there wasn’t any background noise, neither in their homes nor coming from their phones (notifications, text or call vibrations, etc.). Whether or not these candidates were hired or progressed, they still left impressions on me, giving me an indication of self-awareness and professionalism.
Virtual interviews are a fantastic way to allow all of us to continue the hiring process and are very similar to face-to-face interviews in many ways. That said, they do require some considerations and adjustments.
Over the past decade, interviewing and hiring has continued to evolve in response to advances in technology. But one thing that has remained constant is that when you make the right hiring decisions, you advance your team, your company, and your career. Treat virtual job interviews the same as you would face-to-face meetings.
Continue to manage candidates' expectations of what some of the potential next steps would be if you anticipate hiring them remotely, what they should expect, and what training is offered virtually so that they are set up for success. Lastly, let candidates know how your company plans on addressing the coronavirus situation going forward and any successes you’ve had hiring other people remotely to help put them at ease.
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