Interviewing is a stressful process for both interviewer and interviewee and now it is more stressful because a quick handshake and finger to face can result in contracting a virus. The COVID-19 is changing how we go about everyday life and everyday business processes, so remote interview, remote working is the way we adapt to working in the pandemic.
1. Virtualize the hiring process if candidates have the proper device working in the pandemic:
In the middle of the pandemic, you can expect most interview processes to be remote from start to finish, and that’s normal. And when you get hired, your first day of work experience will probably be virtual, too.
Yes, everyone knows the remote interview isn’t ideal, but there are some advantages. First, switching to virtual interviews allowed for both the interviewer and candidates more flexibility and saved time. That’s true, as a candidate, they won’t need to go to the company office for the interview, that saves them lots of travel time.
About the interviewee, they don’t need to set up a room for the interview, eliminating the chance that candidates won’t come to the interview, which bothers them the most. But the most important is that both of them decrease the chance to have COVID-19 viruses.
2. Tips to have a better remote interview working in the pandemic:
Making a hiring decision or offer to a candidate that you’ve never met face to face is hard and confusing, here’s our best tip about the remote interview to help the interviewee make a better decision.
2.1. Make eye contact with the candidate:
When you are talking to the candidate through a webcam, you need to make sure that you are looking at the camera instead of the image of the candidate on the screen when you are speaking. It is still appropriate to smile and nod as you are listening. Gestures are still appropriate to show that you are engaged with the candidate, but take note that some of your hand gestures will be out of view and the candidate will feel awkward.
2.2. Don’t be afraid to challenge them:
It’s hard for interviewees to judge and deal with the candidate through a screen, so, it’s better to put them in a situation where they are more likely to show their true selves. Of course, you don’t want to intimidate them, but by outlining a challenging situation that they may face in their new position, you’ll know how they would handle it and whether they fit with your company, especially when we are working in the pandemic.
2.3. Call help from your employees:
Probably you are not the only person who is going to have to work with this candidate. There is likely already a team of employees you trust that will have to interact with him or her every day. In a close survey, 70% of employees said that a dedicated cultural fit interview should be a part of the modern interview process so introducing them to a few of their potential colleagues in the final stage of the hiring process even though the internet could help both you and the candidate decide on whether they will be a good fit for the team.
2.4. Give them a chance to take a question:
Similar to a face-to-face meeting, you and your company are also being assessed by the candidate in a remote interview. Is usually a candidate’s first impression of a company, their future colleagues and it will affect how they interact with the company in the future. To promote the company image and integrity of your organization, the tips here are to prepare and manage the remote interview process carefully, give candidates time to take questions, and importantly feeding back to them on the timelines agreed from the outset.
The truth is the crisis is changing how we go about everyday life and everyday business processes. So, remote interview, remote work is the way we adapt to working in the pandemic.
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