Virtual Interviews for Real World Jobs
Seven dynamite tips for acing your next virtual interview.
September 18, 2008
Sponsored by The Mergis Group
by Jack Causa, senior vice president and group executive, The Mergis Group
The use of virtual interviews — in which a job candidate is interviewed via Web-based video conferencing, not in person — is surging in popularity. Web-based video interviews of job candidates can either supplement or largely replace in-person interviews. This strategy may be used by hiring managers as part of their initial screening process in the first two rounds of interviews or — in cases where geography is a challenge — it may even be used throughout the entire process until a preferred candidate is invited to meet with their prospective new boss.
Employers tend to embrace virtual interviews because they bring previously unrealized levels of efficiency to the process. First of all, the evaluation bar is fair and fixed as all candidates can be asked the same set of questions, then hiring managers can replay/review/rate the interviews online for comparisons of the candidates without having to consult their notes and jog their memories. Second, video interviewing saves significant time and hiring expenses because there are reduced travel costs and management time that must be invested in the recruitment and selection process.
But how can virtual interviews help you? Well, aside from the convenience of not having to make a personal visit to every single prospective employer who calls you for a courtesy interview, the individuals who understand virtual interviews and prepare them properly can have a big advantage over the competition for that prized new job. Here are seven dynamite tips for virtual interviews:
Remember that a virtual interview is still a real interview, even if it's high-tech and a little impersonal. The way that you present yourself and answer the questions will be evaluated just like they would if you had been sitting across the desk from the interviewer. By taking advantage of these tips, you can be better prepared and more impressive than other candidates who are called to the camera.
Jack Causa, CPA, is Senior Vice President and Group Executive at The Mergis Group. Causa is responsible for the management and operations of The Mergis Group, a division of Spherion that provides specialty professional recruiting and placement services across a range of professional disciplines, including finance and accounting, information technology, engineering, sales and marketing, legal and human resources. Causa has more than 25 years of experience in the professional recruiting industry and joins Spherion from Callaway Partners, a professional services firm, where he served as the partner responsible for the company's staff augmentation business. Prior to that position, Causa held leadership roles at Jefferson Wells, where he was a managing director and Kforce, where he was president of finance and accounting. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers.