Guide for Interview Administrators
March 17, 2015
At InterviewStream, we understand that inputting new technology into a process can seem difficult or complicated at first glance. As much as we try to tailor our products to the needs of our customers and help them smoothly integrate video interviewing into their existing hiring and recruiting processes, it can still seem like a daunting task.
However, we hope that these quick tips will help to make the idea of integrating video interviewing into your hiring or recruiting process comfortable and intuitive. These tips will help you get started on the right track.
- Choose the right type of interview.
InterviewStream offers two different types of video interviews: pre-recorded and live.
Pre-recorded interviews are perfect for screening candidates by allowing them to record responses to basic screening questions at their convenience. This can help to eliminate phone screens from the hiring process to save your team time and money while providing candidates a convenient experience.
Live interviews are perfect for having an in-depth conversation with a candidate without the hassle of travelling.
- Use consistent interview content.
Just like you would for a face-to-face interview, be sure that you treat each candidate equally and use the same questions when interviewing multiple candidates for the same position. With pre-recorded interviewing, you share the same interview link to multiple candidates, allowing your team to ensure a consistent interview process for all candidates.
This will not only help your team to avoid any bias in the interviewing process but also ensure effective assessment of all candidates.
- Arrive on time.
The interview process is not just where you decide whether or not to hire a candidate, it’s also where the candidate decides if she or he wants to work for your organization. By respecting the candidate’s time, you create a better candidate experience and improve your organization’s employer brand.
Additionally, this will also allow enough time to test your connection and video setup to ensure a flawless video interview experience for both you and the candidate.
- Check your background, lighting and appearance.
No candidate expects their video interviewer to have movie-quality lighting or makeup, but a few simple steps can help to eliminate distractions and provide a better candidate experience.
- Solid colors are preferable to patterns since patterns can be distorted by the camera (even in HD). Additionally, make sure that your appearance matches the company culture that you’re trying to portray.
- Make sure your background is neat and free of distraction. A conference room or even a company logo can provide a simple, neat background to your interview.
- A well-lit room with an additional light focused on your face will generally provide an easy lighting setup. Make sure that no single light is too bright and that your setup doesn’t create any dramatic shadows or visual distractions.
- Be authentic.
While video interviewing can seem like an unfamiliar format to conduct an interview, it is simply another tool to connect with candidates and learn their story. By approaching your video interview with the same attitude as you would for a face-to-face interview, both your team and the candidate will be able to discover whether this position is the right fit for both parties.
Finally, if you are still on the fence about recording your own video questions, here are some tips from our Video Technology Consultants on how to get more comfortable with recording your own video interviews: