5 Tips for conducting virtual interviews

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

By now we have all seen the videos of kids barging into closed offices, partners walking around half-dressed, and pets lovingly jumping into the laps of those trying to participate in virtual meetings and interviews. In a world being held together through electronic communication, it's important that we know how to participate and how to do it well.

Interviewing is daunting enough without the pressures of technology. While they are similar to traditional, in-person interviews, there are a number of things to take into consideration when preparing to go digital. Here are five simple tips to help keep your interviews going smoothly:

1. Test your technology

I've been on many virtual meetings over these past few months where technology has failed. Be sure to communicate to your candidate what method (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, FaceTime) you will be using. Once you've determined your method of choice, be sure to check your technology.

A few things to check for:

  • Internet connection

  • Video

  • Audio

If you are giving a group interview, make sure you coordinate with the other interviewers before the start of the meeting. Before our team's interviews, we like to have everyone log on five-to-ten minutes before the official interview time to sort out the order of introductions and the asking of questions.