Expert tips for conducting a successful remote job interview

Remote interviews have proved to be an effective way of securing new talent during lockdown, and we think there may be signs that they are here to stay.
By: Nelson Recruitment Services
BIRMINGHAM, U.K. - Oct. 8, 2020 - PRLog -- Although recruiters and hiring managers have had no choice but to embrace remote interviewing as we continue to keep to social distancing guidelines, for some, it's still a relatively new process that can be quite hard to navigate.

To help, here's some advice from our recruitment experts to get the most out of your screen-to-screen interviews.

Prepare your technology
The attitude of some is that conducting an interview from the comfort of their own home makes it more casual - but we don't agree. The lack of professionalism could lead to candidates and recruiters feeling less of a need to prepare ahead of an interview, and on both sides, this can't be the case.

Advising candidates to log in to a session a few minutes ahead of time to reduce the risk of technical difficulties is also a great piece of advice. Logging in late to a video interview is the modern day equivalent of the 'I got stuck in traffic' excuse, and, in the same way as its predecessor, this won't impress anyone!

Deter all distractions
Although the interview may be happening during work hours, it can be very off putting for candidates when an interviewer's email alerts, text messages or social media notifications interrupt mid conversation.

By securing a space in your home where you can be free of distractions, you can make sure to keep your attention on the candidate, and will allow you to relax into the interview, and therefore benefit the interviewee. Remembering to switch off your phone or place it on silent is also an effective way of minimising any disturbance.

Dress up
We've all been there. After months of lockdown, our comfy clothes have been the smart trousers/skirt/dress of pre-lockdown office life. But, as tempting as it may be to keep those tracksuit bottoms on, dressing ready for a day, albeit fictional one, in the office will in turn make you feel more professional and ready to take on your interview.

Make sure to dress up your background by positioning yourself in front of a neutral wall, and steer clear of sitting in front of a window - this will keep interfering with the focus of your camera.

Alternatively, some video apps allow you to blur out the background, which will again help you to avoid distracting the candidate throughout the interview.

If you'd like to discuss how to make the most out of your remote interviewing, or just want to find out more about how we can help you in your recruiting process, get in touch with us today (

Nelson Recruitment Services
Industry:Human resources
Location:Birmingham - Birmingham - England
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