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The Benefits of Conducting Virtual Job Interviews

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 12:33pm | by Guest Contributor

Working from home has many fantastic perks, but hiring someone without meeting them in person can still seem like a daunting task. After all, will we like them? Will we be able to work with them? Are they even who they say they are? Traditional interviewing tactics rely on meeting and greeting as a means of sizing up your candidate, but online methods are proving to be just as successful.

So many empowered entrepreneurs have caught on to this hot trend, and are now conducting virtual job interviews from home with great success. This highly anticipated form of interview gives way to so many newly discovered benefits, such as time management, home safety and is perfectly suited for those who work from home, that we can't believe we didn't think of it sooner!

How to Conduct a Successful and Virtual Job Interview

Virtual job interviews can be conducted from the comfort of your own home or office, and may be carried out using Skype, traditional telephone means, or even by email if desired. Virtual is simply a new way of describing 'online' behaviours. Whatever way you choose to interview your potential candidate, consider the benefits of a virtual interview and how it could impact your day and the position in question.

Virtual job interviews are essentially the same as any other job interview, but the way in which communication is undertaken focuses on online methods of communication. This means no setting time aside out of your day to travel or meet with candidates, no inviting strangers into your home or home office, and you can even conduct the interview in you pyjamas if you please! The benefits really do speak for themselves.

The success in this interview technique is that traditional methods of interviewing, or asking questions can still be applied, but now you have access to a wealth of information online. You can research your potential candidate using Linkedin and other social media sites to confirm they are who they say they are, and allows you to get a true meaning of who this person is. So often, traditional interviewing tactics are masked behind suits and ties, but no more!

What to Look For in a Virtual Interview Candidate

When considering carrying out a virtual interview, all your best resources should be kept at hand. Just as with traditional interviewing, you can gain insight into your candidates before scheduling a call or email interview session. If something doesn't feel right, don't be scared to put their application on the back-burner for now. Emails especially can be a real insight into how and who you will be working with, so always follow your gut instinct.

To help ensure you have the best selection of people to work with, consider adding criteria to your job application that is relevant to the position at hand. Keep in mind that in this day and age, qualifications such as online English degrees may hold the same strength and abilities as traditional educational institutions and you may be more likely to find these skills and assets from a forward thinking candidate who is willing to be apart of a home based, or virtual interview. Good luck in your search!

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