Removing Guesswork From the Interview Process

Being involved in data and analytics means doing away with relying on intuition and guesswork. You’re in an industry where answers are derived, and hypotheses are formed based on facts.

The above notion shouldn’t solely apply to your workplace operations and procedures. Instead, removing the guesswork should also apply to your job interview process. Why hire someone whose work is based on analyzing data and providing insights using only your intuition and instincts?

Yes, today’s virtual interviews might present challenges with making concrete assertions and assumptions about candidates.

However, you can create an even playing field for all interviewees by running a seamless virtual interview that tells you everything you need to know. From there, you’ll have all the necessary insights to make an informed hiring decision. Read below as this blog delves into these processes: 

Establish a Firm Interview Process and Let All Relevant Parties Know

Virtual interviewing shouldn’t be anything new by this point. 

Keeping candidates and staff safe means your organization has moved job interviews to video conferencing platforms. This was even a growing trend before the pandemic.

But this approach can’t be an unspoken understanding or performed on an ad hoc basis. Candidates and hiring staff should know how interviews are run—eliminating any clunky confusion. This way, everybody has an even playing field. Interviewees understand what to expect while interviewers will be prepped with the right questions and procedural flow. 

Create a document for all candidates and recruitment staff that concisely explains the processes so that everything occurs seamlessly during virtual interviews. 

Explore the Virtual Interviewing Tool that Best Fits Your Organization. 

There’s a lot of virtual conferencing technology out there. From Zoom to Skype, they all bring something to the table.

Ask yourself if what you’re currently using is giving candidates a fair shake during interviews. Moreover, examine whether it’s causing hiring personnel any frustration. The higher functioning the software and easier it is to use, the more you’ll get an accurate reading of candidates and what they bring to the table.

Provided you decide to switch virtual conferencing software, perform test runs. Ensure that there are no problems and that you’re comfortable with the functions and features. In doing so, conducting interviews and guiding candidates through the process will be more straightforward.  

Convey Professionalism During Virtual Interviews 

The shift to remote work has opened many people to something one could refer to as “sweatpants culture.”

Of course, that’s not the culture many organizations want to foster. Furthermore, it’s not how you want to run an interview. Instead, you want these virtual encounters to be as professional as their in-person counterparts.

It all starts with the interviewer. You need to lead the way by being professionally dressed, keeping your phone ringer off, and speaking confidently and commandingly.

Be sure to smile, make eye contact, and nod when the candidate speaks while taking notes. These efforts signal to interviewees that you’re engaged, keeping them on the right track. Thus, everyone will provide you with honest, insightful answers instead of feeling like they’re being ignored. That’s how you’ll learn most about your potential new hires.

Partner with a Recruiter Experienced in Virtual Interviews

Want to remove all the guesswork from the virtual interview process? It starts with those in charge of hiring.

Partnering with a recruiter who knows the ins and outs of garnering insights from candidates’ responses during virtual interviews leads to the most successful hires.

Moreover, experienced recruiters like Synergy Systems have access to a pool of top-tier data and analytics talent. By contacting us for your hiring needs, you’ll only be interviewing the cream of the crop.

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