Covid-19 Interviewing Tips
Updated: May 8, 2020
I know you may be tired of hearing this, but the Covid-19 pandemic is not going away anytime soon. If the way we will return to our office space will be a social-distancing experiment then the way we conduct interviews during COVID-19 will need to evolve as well. Virtual interviews such as ZOOM, SKYPE, and RingCentral are now the new normal. This quick Covid-19 Interviewing Tip guide can prepare you for some of the types of scenarios and questions which may arise during your next virtual interview.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE:
* Utilize a device with a webcam so that you can access the video software.
* This can be a phone, tablet or laptop with WIFI capabilities
* Download the software and practice role playing with a friend, colleague, or someone in your profession.
*Find a quiet place with a neutral or professional background.
*Dress up as if you are in an actual face-to face interview with the hiring manager.
Research and be Prepared:
* Research the role and the organization so that you are knowledgeable about why the role is open and how you can make an impact.
* Most interviewers use a Behavioral Based Interviewing style of interview in which a candidate’s behaviors, knowledge, skills and abilities are uncovered by asking a candidate about their behaviors in workplace settings. It is based on the theory that past behavior indicates future performance.
* Prepare for behavioral-based interview questions based on the work-from-home qualifications; e.g self-motivated, organized, structured, and goal-oriented. Candidates will need to demonstrate a subject matter expertise as it relates to being able to work independently. You will need to show research and problem-solving skills and the ability to find answers on your own.
* Utilize the STAR (Situation, Task Action, Result) method to answer the questions.
Tell Your Story:
* What did you do for professional development during Covid-19?
* How did you decompress from all the bad news?
* What did you learn about yourself during this time or others?
* If the role is temporarily remote, then can you perform this job while working from home or are you willing to eventually work from an office?
Close it Out:
* Ask the Interviewer Pandemic related questions.
* How did you address the pandemic with your workforce?
* How quickly did you adapt and help others adapt to working from home?
* How did you stay connected?
* Did you virtual onboard new-hires or freeze all hiring during that time?
* What would you do differently?
* Ask for the job!
* Thank the interviewer and convey your interest in the role.
* Follow up
* Find out what the next steps are
* Connect on social media
* Send a message to touch base