Tips for successful virtual job interviews
Due to the current corona pandemic, companies worldwide are increasingly using video conference platforms such as Skype or GoToMeeting to digitally conduct planned job interviews.
We have summarised the most important information about the digital job interview for applicants and companies.
Many companies have long used video conference platforms for their job interviews. For example, if applicants are from another country or cannot appear in person for other reasons, this is a popular method with the following benefits:
- Contains more information than a phone call
Facial expressions, gestures and other visual impressions allow companies to make a more informed assessment of the applicant as a person and whether he / she would be a good fit for the company and team.
A video conference also offers applicants the advantage of being able to use this information to better understand the potential new employer. This visual information also leads to more commitment (self-commitment) compared to a telephone conversation.
- Cost and time savings compared to a face-to-face conversation
The time factor is very limited, not only for c-level decision makers in the company. Highly qualified applicants in particular are often strongly involved in work processes and are therefore not very flexible in terms of time. The use of video conferencing technologies can save time and benefits compared to job interviews from other companies that do not have this flexibility.
In addition, by using such tools, travel and accommodation costs can be saved.
- Come across as a modern employer
By using modern communication technologies such as Skype, Microsoft Teams or GoToMeeting in the application process as a company, you demonstrate your innovative capacity and openness to technological developments with added value. This increases your attractiveness as an employer.
- No risk of infection in times of epidemics
In times like the current corona pandemic, the use of digital tools for the application process naturally also eliminates the risk of infection. A large number of Dutch companies have already switched their entire or partial application process to video interviews.
How do I prepare for a virtual interview?
JP Gray has a lot of experience in assessing applicants on the basis of video interviews. With that experience, we were able to identify four success factors that we compiled in the following checklist:
- Good preparation
Companies are fully aware that qualified and motivated employees are the decisive success factor for long-term business success. As an interviewer, therefore, take sufficient time to study applicants' documents in advance and not only during the interview.
Applicants, in turn, must also prepare well for the virtual interview. Because you are on your private computer, you always have all relevant documents at hand for any questions. Take advantage of this and put relevant documents in a folder that you can access quickly prior to the interview and think about any questions the company may ask.
- Enough time
As a company, indicate in the invitation for the interview how much time you have for the interview. With a clear time frame and defined goals, you can also make short interviews a pleasant experience for applicants.
Applicants must: schedule sufficient time and buffers for the time before and after the interview. If the conversation takes longer than planned, you can act flexibly.
- Suitable environment
If you as an interviewer do not have the opportunity to have the conversation from a quiet room, communicate this in time. Applicants usually understand this. Central to this, however, is expectations management, ie timely announcement and reasons why you cannot have the conversation from a suitable room.
As an applicant, you must ensure that you have a quiet place for the interview. Strong noises or people in the background can negatively affect the quality of the conversation. You may also have the disadvantage of not hearing the company's questions properly if the background noise is poor.
- Mental health
The day-to-day work of decision-makers in companies is usually very busy. By taking some time to relax as an interviewer shortly before the interview, you will radiate more calmness. This can increase your attractiveness as an employer and mean that you no longer have to invest time in the future because you have already been able to convince the applicants to a large extent.
Applicants should also take the time to mentally prepare themselves to leave a confident impression in the interview. As far as possible, prepare for possible questions and think about questions you would like to ask the company in a conversation.
We are happy to advise and support you with the introduction of video conversations and are happy to share interesting ideas, with which companies and applicants can successfully manage job applications during this special time.