interviewing remotely.

Best practices for video interviews to ensure successful hires while working remotely.


1 remote interview options.

There are two types of video interview; one-way, where you send a candidate a list of questions and they respond via video, and two-way, where you both interact through a video call. We recommend holding two-way video interviews where possible as you will get a much better indication of the candidates character, verbal communication skills and whether they suit your company culture. You are also able to adapt the interview to the candidate the same as you would face to face.

2 how to choose your video interviewing platform.

There are many options, from Skype, Teams to Zoom and FaceTime, that choosing the right one can be tricky. It’s important to consider how many people need to be on the call, and what tools the candidate will be able to access easily. Your consultant will be able to advice on the best platform and help organise your video interviews for you.

3 how to prepare.

Just like any interview it’s important to be prepared. With remoteinterviewing make sure you do a test run to check the software works and your devices are charged. Find a suitable place to sit or stand throughout the duration of the interview where your video background will appear as professional as possible. Dress appropriately to reflect your company culture. Make sure you have given the candidate instructions on how to access the interview well in advance, so they have time to prepare and check the software also.

4 set a time frame.

Give yourself a realistic time slot for the interview, and discuss this with the candidate prior to the video call. Good practice would be to remind the candidate at the start of the call too.

5 how to format video interviews.

Just as you would with any other interview, have your questions pre-prepared. Make sure they are in clear view; try not to read directly from them, but use them as a guide so nothing gets missed. We would suggest a mix of behavioural and technical questions. If you would normally ask the candidate to prepare a presentation or show examples of work this can been done through sharing their screen.

6 take note, and take notes.

It’s easy to forget parts of conversation that you may need to rely upon later in the hiring process, so make sure, you have jotted down candidate responses to questions. You should also pay attention to the way in which they communicate, are they more corporate or informal? Consider their body language, how they are dressed and how engaged they appear to be.

7 feedback to your recruiter.

Once the video interview is over, your polkadotfrog consultant will contact you. Pass on your thoughts and any questions you may have and discuss the next steps. polkadotfrog is experienced with remote onboarding and will be able to support you through the process. Contact your consultant today, they will be happy to help.