As an HR Manager, you know that the interview is one of the most important steps of the recruiting process, whether it be a one-way video interview or an in-person interview. Even though a CV can tell you a lot about candidates’ competencies, the interview is the best way to analyse and get to know a candidate on a more personal level.
Performing an in-person interview, for example, requires a lot of previous preparation. You must be ready to present your company in the best way possible, talking about the culture, values and behaviours that hold your organisation together. You should also get to know the candidates’ background and experience to adapt your questions and your speech, in order to make them feel comfortable and give them the best candidate experience possible during the interview.
As you can see, preparing for an in-person interview requires some work in order to get the most out of it. But what about one-way video interviews? Do they require the same amount of preparation?
Even though you’re not face-to-face with the candidate during a one-way video interview, it still requires a lot of previous preparation. In order to get the most out of this pre-assessment method, you must know how to introduce your company in the right way through text or even through a video, so the candidate feels engaged as much as possible. You also need to make sure the questions you are asking are the right ones since you probably have a limit number of questions you can ask. By asking the right questions, you will make sure that you have a more complete overview of the candidates’ profiles, so you can select the best candidates to invite them to an in-person interview.
Here are a few examples of questions that will allow you to better assess your candidates' experiences and personality during a one-way video interview:
“Tell us about yourself.”
This question can sometimes be viewed as a bad interview question, as it is to broad and can lead to scripted answers. However, during a one-way video interview, you are aware that most of the answers were previously prepared by the candidates, so why not take advantage of it? This question will allow the candidates’ to be natural, as they are talking about themselves, and it’s also the best question to evaluate body language, tone of voice and the vocabulary they use.
“Describe your ideal work environment.”
When hiring, you should always take into account the cultural fit for your company. Making sure that the person you hire fits your company’s values and culture will enhance the chances of success for the job position you are hiring for.
“What attracted you in this job position?”
You always want to give the candidates a chance to show you that they took the time to get to know your company and also to show you that they are prepared to perform the tasks that job you are hiring for requires, and this is the perfect question to do that. This question will also be a good way to assess their enthusiasm about your company and the job itself.
“How would you handle problems with a coworker?”
Knowing how a candidate will deal with a bad situation could reveal a lot of hidden traits, and that’s why it’s so important to include a question like this in your one-way video interview process. Hiring someone with good problem-solving skills is always important to make sure you have a good working environment among colleagues.
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