10 tips for Conducting Successful Remote Interviews
Apr 7, 2023
Frankie was developed by Flexiana, a team with experience in hiring over a hundred of remote team members. We know the joy in working remotely, but we also know about some of its challenges well. While there are many benefits to conducting interviews remotely, such as convenience and accessibility, there are also unique obstacles that come with interviewing candidates over video call. Here are 10 tips of how to increase your success rate.
Test your technology beforehand
There's nothing more awkward than starting off with a minute of "Can you hear me?" as you enter the call. Before the remote interview, make sure to test your video conferencing software, internet connection, and microphone to ensure that everything is working correctly. This will help prevent any technical issues during the interview and ensure that you can focus on the candidate.
While you may be working from home, it's important to dress professionally for the remote interview as well. This will show the candidate that you take the interview seriously and create a more professional atmosphere.
Choose a quiet and distraction-free environment
Make sure to conduct the remote interview in a quiet and distraction-free environment to minimize any background noise and distractions. This will help you and the candidate stay focused on the conversation and make the most of the interview.
Prepare questions in advance
To ensure a smooth and efficient interview, prepare your interview questions in advance. This will help you stay organized and make sure that you cover all the important topics.
In Frankie's candidate portal, you can easily assign the candidate different tests or questionnaires before the interview so that you are well prepared about how to tailor the interview.
Be mindful of your body language
Body language is an essential part of communication, even in a remote interview. Make sure to maintain good eye contact, sit up straight, and nod and smile when appropriate. This will help you build a connection with the candidate and create a positive interview experience.
Provide clear instructions
Before the interview, make sure to provide the candidate with clear instructions on how to access the video conference and any other relevant information. This will help the candidate feel more prepared and ensure that the interview starts on time.
Be flexible and accommodating
While remote interviews can be convenient, they can also present unique challenges. Be flexible and accommodating to the candidate's needs, such as providing additional instructions or rescheduling the interview if necessary.
Use visual aids
Visual aids such as presentation slides or a virtual whiteboard can be helpful in remote interviews. They can help you convey information more effectively and keep the conversation on track.
Taking notes during the interview can help you remember important details about the candidate and their qualifications. It can also help you stay organized and compare candidates more effectively.
Follow up promptly
After the interview, follow up promptly with the candidate to let them know the next steps in the process. This will help you maintain a positive candidate experience and keep the recruitment process moving smoothly.
With Frankie, following up is smooth, as the candidate can follow his progress in his personal candidate board or you can assign certain email actions to the candidate. No more forgetting to send those follow-up emails!
By following these 10 tips, you can conduct successful remote interviews and make the most of this increasingly popular interview format. Happy interviewing!