We have quite a few clients who interview applicants in other cities. The position is important enough that the client wants to expand the geographic area. The company may be based in Boston, Massachusetts with the applicant in Seattle, Washington.
Having the applicant fly in to be interviewed is a step that’s usually reserved for the end of the hiring process.
In the past, you would conduct as many phone interviews as possible; do a thorough verification of the person’s résumé; and get done any background checks deemed necessary.
With today’s technology, however, you can go one major step further. You can very easily conduct a video interview, regardless of your applicant’s location. As long as she has a fairly good connection to the Internet — and you as well — you have a variety of video tools available to you.
I particularly like join.me. The web site is easy to use and easy to understand. Within 1-2 minutes you and your applicant are in a video conference and it’s almost as if the person is across the table from you.
I recommend both of you using a computer — desktop or laptop equipped with a decent video camera — but either you or your applicant can also do this interview with an iPad or iPhone.
Feel free to ask any questions you feel will help you make that next decision: should this applicant fly — or drive — in to have a sit down interview with you?
The video interview will give you a great deal of data that you would not necessarily get from one or more phone interviews. Use it as often as you can when working with remote candidates.
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