Virtual interviews (or video interviews) are no longer a hiring trend—they’re commonplace. According to an August 2012 study, 67 percent of of HR managers said they conducted video interviews in the hiring process “very often,” while another 10 percent said they did so “somewhat often.” Today, we can assume those numbers are even greater.
It’s easy to see why more HR reps and managers are incorporating video interviews into the hiring process. For one, virtual interviews often save time. Some sources suggest it’s possible to conduct up to 10 one-way video interviews in the time it takes to conduct one 30-minute phone interview. Virtual interviews also allow HR reps and job candidates to get a chance to see and interact with with one another in ways phone interviews can’t match.
What some HR reps don’t realize, however, is that the questions they should ask during virtual interviews are different than those they’d ask in person. This is because virtual interviews are often used more so to further weed out unqualified or unprofessional candidates rather than choose the person they are going to hire.
Keeping that in mind, here are a few questions you should ask in your next virtual interview:
- Why do you believe you are the best fit for this position?
- Why do you believe you can perform the duties and responsibilities of this job description?
- Why do you want to be in this line of work?
- What experience separates you from other candidates?
- What unique skills can you bring to our organization?
- What types of activities would you prefer this role to entail?
- What skills would you like to learn and develop as our employee?
- Describe a recent project you worked on that you’re particularly proud of.
- Describe one of your personal values and how you apply that to your job.
- Why is this job appealing to you?
- Describe a major goal you’ve set for yourself recently?
Additionally, when conducting a virtual interview, remember to pay close attention to how candidates present themselves. While maintaining eye contact can be tricky via a webcam, seeing candidates and their surroundings can yield plenty of information that can help you decide who to see for an on-site interview and who to eliminate from the candidate pool.
For more help fine-tuning your interview questions, download “Interviewing Job Applicants: 100 Interview Questions You Didn’t Think to Ask.” It covers even more worthwhile questions you can ask to get valuable insight on your candidates.