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Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

Videoconferencing Can Help Smooth Remote Hiring

Over the recent past, it's been essential to maintain social distances, shelter in place and work remotely. That has brought a temporary halt to traditional means of conducting job candidate interviews. But if the pandemic has taught us anything, it's that videoconferencing can pinch hit capably for face-to-face meetings. Read along as we present key tips to conducting winning videoconference employment interviews.


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First, download and install one or more videoconferencing apps, such as Zoom. Then, try out the technology by slating a couple videoconferences with friends or family members. This serves as your chance to get accustomed to video's many functionalities, including sharing screens and annotating, and muting and unmuting your microphone. Grow comfortable with the technology, and you'll be more confident in the eventual interviews.

We list the best tips when using videoconferencing for job interviews. The exploration includes why such interviews can work well, and how to leverage them to gain the greatest clarity about job candidates.

Zoom has garnered much COVID-era attention. But many other videoconference platforms for interviews exist. They include Zoho Meeting, ClickMeeting, Intermedia AnyMeeting, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, WebEx Meeting, BlueJeans and Join Me.

Listen to the Audible Audiobook The Virtual Workspace: 50 Tips For Effective Video Conferencing, by Andrew King, narrated by Paul J. Rose.

Keep in mind videoconferencing is comparatively new. Glitches can and often will occur. If clarification is needed, don't hesitate to ask candidates to repeat a remark.

Email us and we’ll send you a Zoom invite. Let’s discuss the best ways you can conduct successful candidate interviews via videoconference.


Your choice of a videoconference setting is vital. You want those on the other end of the videoconference to focus on you and what you have to say – not on the backdrop behind you. Positioning yourself in front of a plain, uncluttered, light-colored wall represents the ideal. Equally key? Hearing and understanding the other person's words and having him or her hear you. The setting of your videoconference should be a quiet place where TVs, meal preparation or street sounds don't intrude on important conversation.

The above are among critical steps in ensuring videoconference interviews are executed successfully. But because hiring is vital to your company's long-term success, we invite you to continue reading for ways to fine tune your video interviews.

  • Look at the camera. Speak clearly. To create the best impression on the person you are interviewing, look directly into the camera's eye when speaking. Once the candidate stops speaking, count to three before replying. This can help prevent overlapping talk that can muddle conversation.

  • Dress professionally. You want the candidate you're interviewing to come away with the best possible impression of your organization. Professional dress and attractive grooming are as important in a videoconference as they are for in-person job interviews.

  • Use an Ethernet cable. It’s best not to rely on WiFi. Get an ethernet cable to give your connection the power to prevent your video from freezing or the audio from breaking up.