How to do a great video interview

how to prepare for a great video interview

Up until the pandemic hit, we all had a tried and tested model when it came to recruitment and whilst not everyone will agree on what is best for both the candidate and the company we probably will agree that in the new world that whole interview process is going to be different.

Most clients I’ve worked with had already implemented a more flexible approach knowing that in the candidate scarce market that is technology, that you have to adapt. Some still wanted lengthy 3 stage interviews that, diary dependent, could take anything up to a month. Timing is key and getting multiple managers in a room on a day that the candidate could book time off (or claim a dentist appointment) was logistically challenging and many a good hire has been lost due to process.

Adapting to the new way of interviewing

The rise of Zoom, Teams, Slack and other great platforms have been pushed on by the times we’re in; and even grandparents and complete technophobes are finding themselves now starting their conversations with that Zoom classic of “Can you hear me okay”? Employers are also having to adapt to this new way of working and will need to incorporate this into their recruitment and hiring strategy.

If you’re a Zoom / Teams / Slack newbie then visits to these sites may help:

How to prepare for a great video interview

So, what do you need to think about to make the interview process a more pleasurable experience?

1. Preparation

Key that both parties buy in to this. The interviewer needs to have familiarised themselves with the candidate’s background whether that is through a CV or Linkedin profile. The interviewee needs to have researched the interviewer and the company and digested the job description and role. Really with this, apart from studying the map to avoid walking through the door late and a sweaty mess, nothing has changed

2. Environment

Again, this should be similar to when interviews were conducted the old way – make sure you’ve set yourself up for success. Is the technology properly enabled (screen sharing / content etc), are you comfortable, have you tried where possible to remove distractions and have you committed to making sure you’re 100% focussed on the task and not glancing at emails and missing some of the subtleties

3. Create the right impression

Are you expected to wear a suit? Can you have a cup of coffee next to you, do you need to write notes. None of the answers to that are necessarily deal breakers but great if people know what to expect

4. Format

Make sure that everyone is clear on the format of the interview – will it be competency focussed, a CV walkthrough, a technical test or a combination of all 3?

Have questions ready to go (both candidate and client) – there are loads of articles and blogs that a quick google search will pull up and a lot of them are well worth a read – here are a few:

5. Culture and drivers

One of the difficulties in hiring remotely is going to be about understanding the culture of the business and individual. As a candidate you get to see the vibe of the business just from meeting the receptionist and the walk around the office helps with visualising if it is the type of business you want to be a part of. As a line manager you need to try and convey what it is like to work there

Oh, and remember to smile!!

Contact JLA Resourcing

Remember if you need help with your recruitment then contact JLA Resourcing. We are an IT recruitment company based in Southampton but with clients and roles across the South. Complete our contact form or call for information on how we can assist you.

Ben Leeds
Ben Leeds
With over 20 years’ in the recruitment industry Ben has seen quite a bit and hopes that by sharing some thoughts he can help you to either hire the best person or find the right job!
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