Best practice for online job interviews

For many years, the process of recruiting new candidates has followed the same process: posting career opportunities, getting applications, doing phone screening and then having face to face interview between hiring managers and top candidates. However, with the heavy impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, recruitment activities have been turned online to be able to adapt to the social distancing order. According to a recent Gartner survey, 86% of employers have adapted new technology to conduct online interviews during the COVID-19 crisis. And here are some recommended practice to implement online interviews for your organization during this time:

Firstly, all stakeholders need to agree on a standard hiring process to ensure that all interviewing tools go smoothly and without any hiccups. Secondly, you can communicate to the candidates all the necessary information about the interview process: how to access the video software, interview timeline and expectations. Thirdly, even though the interview takes place online, you can also consider putting more the visual element into the interview, such as brand image to make the candidates feel like they’re visiting your office. Lastly, to ensure the professionalism of the interview, remember to turn off the notifications from your computer and smartphone to make sure that the interview isn’t disrupted.

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