Interviewing

Best Practices: Interviewing Job Candidates

Please check out the questions toolkit, job aids, and interviewing resource guide on the Resources page.

Best Practices for Virtual Interviews

Technology

  • Get comfortable with the virtual platform you are using
  • Conduct a mock interview with a co-worker as a practice run
  • Conduct a webcam and microphone check at least 10 minutes prior to the interview time
  • Close down other programs that may slow down your computer/browser

Presentation

  • Dress professional, great candidates are interviewing you as much as you are interviewing them
    • Be careful about bold colors and patterns as they can be distracting during an interview
  • Make sure your workspace is clean and organized
  • Have proper lighting in the room
  • Make sure your background looks professional
  • Make your face/head is properly centered on the screen
  • Check the angle and do a reverse view of yourself on your webcam so you can see what the interviewee is seeing
  • Look at the webcam and make eye contact with the interviewee
  • Watch your body language
  • Speak a little slower than normal

Multiple Interviewers

  • Use one meeting session for all interviewers
  • Coordinate the schedule with multiple interviewers, share an agenda
  • Explain the process with the interviewee
    • Multiple interviewers
    • Group interviews
    • Agenda
  • Provide a break to the interviewee (bathroom, get water) between interviewers

Since we are not in person, make sure you are helping the interviewee feel comfortable and you have explained what will take place.