Remote work is becoming more of a norm than an exception. In fact, 47 percent of employed Canadians work remotely at least sometimes, while 39 percent do it most of the time, and 11 percent exclusively work remotely. Remote job interviews can help meet the growing needs of a changing workforce.
Virtual interviews are convenient and affordable, saving both recruiters and recruits time, money and energy. These tips, along with recruiting swag, can help HR professionals conduct successful and effective remote interviews.
Remote interview success tips
- Use video: When conducting a remote interview, be sure to get some virtual face time. Since remote workers will often collaborate using a web conferencing app or instant messaging, it’s important to use these tools during the interview to assess comfort level, communication skills and even problem-solving abilities (perhaps in the event of technical difficulties). Let them know which tool you will use, so they have ample time to install it. Send download instructions to help them prepare. Send a fun webcam cover after the interview. It’ll give them a laugh and make them feel good about your company.
- Assign homework: Assigning homework, to be completed prior to the interview, can help assess initiative, motivation, critical thinking and communication skills. It’s also a great way to see if candidates are comfortable asking questions, able to follow directions, and successful at meeting deadlines.
- Provide an agenda: Let the interviewee know what to expect by sending out an agenda ahead of time. Include the duration of the interview, names and titles of those who will attend, and any technology or software that will be needed during the interview. It may be helpful to also include your company background and history, as well as an up-to-date job description. Come up with recruiting swag ideas, like a jotter and set of wireless ear buds, to make a great impression. Both are sure to come in handy during your meeting.
- Prepare your meeting area: Prepare your meeting space for a remote interview just as you would for an in-person one. Tidy up your workspace. Make sure your desk is neat and free of clutter. If possible, grab a conference room to minimize distractions. Remember, you are both making your first impression.
- Assess for a cultural fit: Assessing for a good cultural fit is an integral part of any interview. However, when remote, you may have to work a little harder to ensure team members share the same values and can work well together. Allow recruits to meet their potential team members during the interview. Use this time for honest Q&A about the company, its culture and team dynamics. Remember, candidates aren’t the only ones being interviewed. This opportunity is an interview of your company and its team, too.
- Send a thank-you: Follow up every remote interview with a handwritten thank-you accompanied by a small token of gratitude for their time. Recruiting swag ideas, like smartphone wallets or PopSockets® , will leave a lasting impression. After all, even if the candidates aren’t a fit now, they could be in the future (or may know someone who is).
Meet your candidates where they are—virtually. These remote interview tips, plus recruiting swag, may help you land your next new hire. Good luck!