Even before the current wave of remote interviewing, some people enjoyed interviews, and some did not. Over the last eighteen months, the increasing use of ZOOM (other brands are available) has probably exacerbated that Marmite divide.
As an interviewer, I have found the Zoom experience less preferential than meeting people face-to-face. There is a digital barrier in getting people to relate and give their best, but that may be a generational issue. There is something authentic about meeting people in person and encouraging them to give their best in person rather than doing it online. A problem, I think, for both parties. The last year has thrown up some unusual if not downright eccentric behaviour in my zoom interviews. I can never forget,
But How Can the Online Process Work for All?
There are several critical issues for interviewers which can help the process.
It is also an excellent idea to give interviewees guidance on how they should prepare themselves for the meeting, which might include some of the following:
While on-line interviews may not be everyone’s preference the times we live in and the opportunity for remote working including recruiting candidates from abroad means that they will likely be an enduring feature of recruitment processes and briefing potential interviewees on what to expect will go towards ensuring the interview is a productive process for all.
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