As the year draws to a close, we inevitably look ahead and ask ourselves what should we do better in 2018? Setting New Year’s Resolutions, personal and professional, can be daunting so we’ve taken the pain away by inviting Sonru clients to share their top tips on video interviewing for both candidates and peers. Many thanks from all our contributors particularly Magdeline Champarnaud, James Purvis and Anna Cook from CERN, Alan Reilly from Version 1 and Anna Byrne from nucleargraduates.
Advice for Recruiters from Sonru clients
- Prepare the case for video interviewing. Work out the tangible reasons why implementing the tool will save not only time and money but also add quality to your selection process.
- Pilot it first. Pilot the tool with a trusted group of stakeholders then take time to hear their questions and concerns. Be ready to provide testimonials and statistics of its successful implementation in organisations, along with what the added value is. Don’t hesitate to reach out to other users to get their insights!
- Introduce yourself. Take advantage of the introduction video capability – it will get a really positive response from candidates and it also allows you to showcases your organisation.
- Be strategic. If you are using this process as part of a campaign where you could be potentially reviewing 300/400 interviews, it’s extremely important you fully understand what it is you’re trying to gain from the video interview. Once you have that ironed out, you then need to be able to extract this information in as few questions as possible i.e. keep the interview as short as is reasonably possible.
- Candidate Experience. Ensure the questions are not too difficult or testing, this makes the candidates more comfortable ensuring they perform to the best of their abilities.
Advice for Candidates from Sonru clients
- Practice really does make perfect so practice, practice, practice and not just on the Sonru application. Try recording yourself on your phone, for instance, a couple of questions a day until you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Remember, you do not have to take the real interview immediately after your practice questions so come back when you’re ready.
- Location, location, location. Find a quiet peaceful place to hold the interview. Do not underestimate the impression/impact your surroundings will give the interviewers.
- Position and Settings. Try placing your laptop on a couple of telephone books so that you are looking across and not down into the webcam. Review your practice interviews and adjust your position, settings, sound and so on until you have it just right.
- Dress as if attending a face-to-face interview. Understand the expected attire for the role you are interviewing and dress accordingly. Being dressed appropriately also ensures you will approach and complete the interview in the right frame of mind.
- During the interview, read the questions carefully and give answers that are as concise and precise as you can. Also be aware that if you are using notes to reference back, the people reviewing your interview can see you looking at notes.
This is not a communication challenge, it is a chance for you to complement your application with tangible evidence of your fit for the role! Relax, breathe, and just take your time.