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Tips for finding the best candidate in remote interviews

Melis Oktay
Tips for finding the best candidate in remote interviews
Tips for finding the best candidate in remote interviews

There have been many changes in the way companies work in the past two years due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Some of the businesses started to work remotely, while others began to inherit hybrid working plans. After a long period of staying far from the workplaces, offices are finally reopening, even though it’s unclear when things will go back to the way they were before the pandemic began. And it seems that they probably never will. Reopening the offices does not mean that we immediately abandon all the practices introduced into our lives with the pandemic. Some of the things that emerged as a Covid-19 precaution at first look like they will eventually become the norm. One of the practices that will probably continue to be applied in workplaces is the hybrid workforce. 

The unprecedented flexibility that hybrid workforces offer is precious for businesses, especially those looking to create a skilled workforce regardless of their geographical location. More forming a crew in times of a pandemic is not as easy as it seems; you need to interact with your employees remotely, and when hiring new ones, you need to find the best candidate with remote job interviews. According to LinkedIn, 81% of talent professionals agree that virtual recruiting with remote interviews will continue, even in the post-Covid period.1 In this article, we will give you remote interview tips to help you find the best candidates for your organization. 

Our Top 3 Remote Interview Tips

Preparation is the key!

Before conducting your interview with your candidate, you need to consider what can go wrong during the interview—Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, etc. Choose your video conferencing software, and make sure that you can handle any possible software problem during the interview. Besides preparing the software, make sure that the candidate you will interview can clearly hear and see you. To try that out, you can make a test video call and see if everything’s okay. Besides the technical preparation, you also need to fulfill the requirements of a regular interview, such as taking notes off the candidate’s resume, reading and reviewing your interview questions, and letting the candidate know who they will be interviewed by. 

Be accurate

In traditional face-to-face interviews, the conversation does not only revolve around the interview questions and the candidate’s answers to them. Interviews done in offices include a lot of informal interactions as well. While these extra and informal conversations may give valuable hints for employers to get to know their candidates, it’s not efficient to try making these conversations in remote interviews, too. Remote interviews allow you to be pinpoint accurate in your questions and learn only what you want to know, which is a tremendous advantage since, in that way, you can save your valuable time and conduct much more efficient interviews. 

Consider standardization

Traditional interviews sometimes tend to boil down to the candidate’s ability to effectively persuade the interviewer to believe that the candidate is cut out for them. The informal and fluid nature of traditional interviewing methods gives way to this, but choosing the best candidate in a remote interview is not sustainable. Having a standardized hiring process greatly helps both you and your candidates during the interview. For example, you can create a uniform document that includes all the interview information among your departments. Besides that, you can use standardized interview questions and scoring systems to ensure that the same measures are evaluating all your candidates. 

Kolay helps your HR processes after new hires

After hiring the best possible candidate for your organization, face-to-face or remote interviews, you need to be ready for a new HR era where you need to conduct the same complex processes even when people are not in the office. With the workforce management software Kolay, it’s surprisingly easy to adapt to the new conditions of the business world, like hybrid workforces and remote workers. Kolay helps you track all your employee data from a straightforward application and lets you easily create detailed reports on performance, employee compensation, shift schedules, and many more. Try Kolay now for free, and streamline all your HR processes with one modern solution.


1- https://www.linkedin.com/business/talent/blog/talent-strategy/future-of-recruiting

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