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The Digital Interview – Online Interviewing via Zoom  

Online Interview on Zoom

A year after the start of the pandemic, digital communication has become the norm for businesses fueled by video conferencing tools such as Zoom. And while it works great for many industries, you might be wondering whether it’s a good option for recruiting candidates.  

After all, being able to see the candidates face-to-face can be a great way to assess whether they would fit into your company’s culture (and make sure they’re actually wearing pants during the interview!). Well, the short answer is yes. Yet, there’s a “but”. 

In this post, we’ll identify some of the main benefits of video interviewing but also highlight a couple of drawbacks so you can be better prepared the next time you interview a candidate online. Let’s do this 😉 

Benefits of Video Interviews

Saving You Time 

Remember the times when you had to devote a full two-hour block for a single interview with a candidate? Between finding the candidate, taking them to the meeting room, offering them coffee or water, and doing a bit of chit chat, it would take at least 10 to 20 minutes to actually get started. With Zoom interviews, all you need to do is log in, and tada, your candidate will be ready to get started. Plus, you’ll save candidates a lot of time and effort as they will be able to interview from the comfort of their own home.

More Relaxed Candidates 

It’s a fact, interviews can be stressful. Now, candidates will be much more relaxed if they can interview in their home or from a space they feel comfortable in. This will allow you to have a flowing and natural conversation and assess their personality better. 

Recording the Interview 

If you ever had to organise candidate interviews back-to-back, you’ll know how draining it can be! And it’s not uncommon to forget specific details about certain candidates after a few interviews. With Zoom, you can record the interviews and go back to them at any time to refresh your memory. No more skipping on a fantastic candidate because you can’t remember the interview too well!  

Increasing Your Talent Pool 

With video conferencing, you can now interview candidates from all around the world and increase your talent pool.

Rather than limiting your interviews to local talent, you can source the exact skill set you require from virtually anywhere (no pun intended) and convince them to come and work for you 😉 

Drawbacks to Video Interviews

Internet Issues 

The main issue with online interviewing is the internet connection. Indeed, depending on where you are or what your candidate’s internet connection is like, it might be difficult to have a flowing conversation. And what’s more frustrating than being interrupted several times during an interview?

Especially in the middle of a deep conversation or as you were just about to make a great joke 😉 

Poor Video Quality 

For some companies, presentation is everything. They need a polished and well-groomed individual who can represent their companies as best possible. Now, if the video quality is low, you might not be able to pick up on presentation, charisma, or body language as well as you would normally during a face-to-face interview.

And did we mention candidates who might not even be wearing pants?!

Not used to interviewing online? Would you feel more comfortable if a highly trained professional was recruiting your next candidate via Zoom for you?

At Keen People, we specialise in sourcing the best candidates for our clients.

So don’t be shy and get in touch today to discuss your needs! 


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