The In-House Recruiter’s Guide to Virtual Interviews

Aug 19, 2020

“Remote work is not a passing phase and virtual solutions are critical for the future of work.” - Amy Warner, Director of Talent Acquisition ICIMS*

 While many in-house recruiters have conducted virtual interviews before, most have never had to rely on it solely for every step of the interview process. For our Virtual Interviewing Inline Session, Steve Jacobs of Einstein Healthcare Network presented best practices for hiring teams adjusting to video interviewing as a main component of the hiring process. 

 The healthcare industry largely prefers in-person interviews. However, COVID has left us with two options: Either stop conducting interviews or make the switch to virtual. With no definitive end in site for the pandemic, the correct choice is clear. 

“If you are not adopting technology, chances are your competition already has.”

 So how do you adjust your current interview process to fit the virtual world? It may take a little extra work upfront, but it will smooth out the experience later. Check out our takeaways from the presentation below. If you’d like to watch the full webinar, click here: Access Webinar 

Key Takeaways:

  • Provide your interviewees with preparatory material. Remember - they aren’t used to virtual interviews either. By helping them prepare, you’ll ensure the process remains efficient and effective.
  • Discuss video interview fatigue with your team. Video interview fatigue, similar to interview fatigue, is caused by conducting a high volume of on-screen interviews in a short amount of time. While a high volume of in-person interviews can also be tiring, the causes change when going virtual.
  • Give yourself plenty of time before the interview to prepare. Secure your internet connection, check the lighting, and be sure to eliminate distractions. 
  • Coordinate with other interviewers on your team - you could fatigue your candidates if three calls start with, “So tell me about yourself.”


Have you found success with virtual interviews?