How to Interview Someone on Camera

Online Job Interviews
More job interviews are being conducted online by way of your webcam and they are growing in popularity because they save employers both time and money.

Due to COVID-19, most recruiters and companies have been forced to conduct interviews via video. If you don’t ask the right questions in the right way, interviewing someone on camera can become problematic. An interview can become dull and uninteresting and even seem artificial if done wrong. Below, we have put together a few tips so that your interviews can look professional and captivating.

Open versus closed questions

Asking the right question is just as important as how you ask the question. The best way to get the answers you want is to ask open-ended questions. For instance, asking do you enjoy working as an accountant? Will provide you with a simple yes or no answer. But if you ask what about being an account do you love? This is an open-ended question and it will give you a better insight. This will allow the candidate to open up and speak more freely. Offering you much greater insight and better content.

Prepare your questions

Prepare your questions before the interview. This seems to be a common mistake that a lot of interviewers make. The thought process behind this preparation should be something like: “What information do I need from the candidate?”. “What questions will give me the information that I want?”. It is also important to also improvise. The interview needs to feel natural and not robotic. So if the candidate starts to talk freely about something interesting go with the flow and ask the appropriate instinctive questions. If you stick too rigidly to your prepared questions the conversation and rapport with the interviewee can suffer.

Don’t give out your questions

It’s usually best not to give your questions out before the interview. Remember you want to get the most authentic and natural answers possible. You can give a general idea of what kind of questions you will ask.

Stop talking

Keep your questions short and to the point. The candidate may forget the point of the question or not understand exactly what you are asking. This in turn will not give you the information you are after. After you have asked your question, don’t talk. Don’t make any noises either and rather nod.

Give them the final word

As prepared as you might be sometimes the best information will be something you hadn’t even thought of asking. At the end of the interview, ask the candidate if they have any questions or if there is something that they would like to discuss.

If you follow these basic tips, it will help you to get some great content from your candidates.

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