The Covid-19 pandemic has affected almost everything that has been done as a professional, and the interview process is no exception. Many speakers and other business professionals have chosen to do virtual events and interviews since closing in early 2020. With the stay-at-home order, remote interviewing has become more popular, as it is easy to conduct any type of interview regardless of location or distance.
Platforms for conducting remote interviews
There are various platforms that you can use to conduct remote interviews. It is always advisable to use familiar and popular ones like Zoom, Skype, Google Duo, Viber and WhatsApp. This is to ensure that the interviewee has easy access to connect with the interviewer. Better yet, a notification or message can be sent to the interviewee a few days before the interview date informing them of the type of virtual platform to use. This ensures that the interviewee can get the video app (if they don’t have it yet) and familiarize themselves with the user interface.
Criteria for a quality distance interview
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced more people to work and carry out various activities from home, including conducting podcast interviews. Professionals who have rarely done remote interviews are finding that they are a popular trend. Although interviewers and respondents may have attended some online meetings, not everyone knows how a virtual interview is Google Cloud Podcast conducted. Preparation is required to conduct a quality remote interview. So, as an interviewer, it is essential to set expectations with your host on the details of the interview. Let them know who will be making the call, what time it should be, the platform you will be using, etc. Making the details of the virtual meeting known to the interviewee will put them at ease to be at their best for the interview.
So, below are some of the criteria to ensure a smooth remote interview process.
1. Double check your devices
You need to run a quick test on the devices you will be using for the interview, be it your phone, laptop or desktop computer. It wouldn’t speak highly of your expertise if you find your device’s microphone or speaker not working during the interview. Check the resolution of the camera, and if it’s not high enough, use another device that has a better resolution so that those on the other side can see you clearly. You should perform this quick system check on your devices before the scheduled interview time.
2. Suitable background
Make sure your background is attractive. Don’t use a turbulent, rough or unprofessional wallpaper that shows off your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. You can use a plain background (some video apps allow you to do this). Make sure your background is free from the distractions of other people working or walking.
Turn off phone chats and alert tones during interview. You can leave a note on the door to indicate that you are not available or in an interview. Do not conduct a remote interview in a high traffic area. Use a quiet posture, as this will help you concentrate.
3. Look professional
Even though you may be at home, dress as if you are conducting an in-person interview. If you’re the one being interviewed, don’t wear casual clothes, dress to impress the interviewee. It will leave a positive impression on your attitude and professionalism during the interview.
4. Pay close attention to the tone of your voice and facial expressions.
Speak clearly and fluently. Also, make sure your voice is calm. Smile and laugh at the right moment, as you would in person. This will show the person on the other side that you are engaged in the conversation. When you talk, always look at the camera.
5. Have a strong grip
At the end of the interview, you, as the interviewer, should inform your host of the estimated date your interview will be posted. As for my podcast, for example, I tend to conduct interviews about two weeks before the release date. This allows time for social media graphics editing and development without undue pressure from a looming deadline. Your guests will appreciate knowing what the estimated dates are for their interview to share with the world.
You, as an interviewee, should also ask questions you have in mind regarding your interview. Make sure you submit all links to your offers, website, etc. Which can be inserted in the notes of the show by the host.
Regardless of whether you conduct the interview or are being interviewed, abs