get prepared to interview the employees as an employer. take few technical questions and a bit of social, critical thinking skills. you need to be fresh when you interview every candidate comes to you. don’t fire on them, just take the interview with ease. You need to fire when you want to test the employee patience.If it is a skype call try to clarify that you are not betrayed by the proxy. Many use proxies to get into a job. so beaware of proxies.
Companies see many benefits in using video technology to vet candidates. With a video interview, you have most of the benefits of seeing a candidate in person, but without the hassle/expense of actually meeting them (especially if someone would have to fly or drive to a different city).
It’s quick, it’s neat, and depending on the the technology used, allows the company some element of standardization of the interview process and candidate selection.Live Video/Skype Interviews
The live video interviews can take one of two forms.
The simplest approach is that the company could use something like a Skype, Google Hangout, Zoom, Blue Jeans, or any one of the million video-conferencing tools online.
These are pretty straightforward since, in most cases, the interviewer will either send you a link or call your user-id / screenname.
Just be careful to clean up your Skype account and privacy settings if you’re going to use it with potential employers
Get the time right
This may seem obvious, but confusion happens, especially when either party travels often, or resides in a different time zone. When scheduling the interview, specify the time zone in writing (e.g., email) so it’s crystal clear for everyone. To further prevent miscalculating time zones, you can send them a meeting request via Google Calendar, which calculates it automatically. Or use free online tools like the World Clock Meeting Planner.
Pick a professional setting
How and where you conduct the interview represents your company’s values and culture. Whether indoors or outdoors, choose a location that represents your company well. This means you probably don’t want to squeeze in an interview while waiting at the car wash. And watch out for background distractions. You may be talking from a quiet corner within your open office, but all the interviewee notices is the guy playing air guitar at his desk 50 feet behind you.
Know the technology
Avoid awkward tech glitches by familiarizing yourself with the video chat program’s features ahead of time. Before the interview, give yourself enough time to check—and if necessary, fix—connection issues. Although the interviewee may be forgiving about technological glitches and fumbling, it could cause your company to look less polished than you prefer.
Set yourself up
Just as in face-to-face interviews, the interviewee is analyzing you as much as you’re analyzing them. So make sure you’re camera-ready. Eliminate any possible distractions that could make you look less professional, or make the interviewee feel uncomfortable. Common setup mistakes include bad sound quality, unflattering lighting, or appearing too large on the other person’s screen. You’ll find tons of tips online on how to look good during video chats. You’ll learn important basics including how to adjust your desk lighting, camera height, and where to focus your eyes.
Prep your questions
You may know your company and the open job well, but it’s usually not good to go off the cuff. The interviewee can tell you’re winging it, which may reflect on how professional you or the company is, or how seriously you’re taking the interview. It’s a good idea to prepare a list of questions to stay organized and so you don’t miss any important points. But don’t just ask one question after another. It can appear you’re not listening, and it prevents you from digging deeper. When appropriate, ask one of your prepared questions, then ask a follow-up question before moving on. For example, “You mentioned the project didn’t run as smoothly as planned, tell me more about that.”
Watch for red flags
The interviewee may look perfect on paper and perhaps aced their phone interview, but a video chat can reveal a lot more about what they’re really like. Be aware of body language, unusual eye contact, and other signs that could be potential red flags. An example red flag could be if they look as if they’re reading emails or doing something else while you’re talking (yes, this really does happen). Or they have an inappropriate Skype address that doesn’t fit with your company’s values. Another red flag could be how difficult it was to set up the interview time because they weren’t flexible with the time zone difference. If they’ll be working with a remote team across different time zones, that lack of flexibility could cause problems.
Stay on track
Yes, you want the interviewee to feel comfortable and relaxed, but keep the conversation on topic. Going off on tangents about last night’s game may be fun, but it disrespects their time—and yours. It could also make you appear disorganized or as if you’re not taking the interview seriously enough.
Enlist a scribe
While you’re conducting the interview, have someone else on the call taking notes with their mic muted. This helps you stay focused on the interviewee, and saves them from enduring awkward pauses as you jot down notes. It also saves them from staring at the top of your head throughout the interview. Some video chat programs let you record interviews, which makes it easier to share the interview with other decision-makers. Always verify your legal responsibilities before recording. In many locations, you’re legally required to get the interviewee’s permission to record before you begin.
End it right
At the close of the interview, don’t leave the other person hanging. Share the next steps—they’ll appreciate the courtesy. Doing so helps them know what to expect and the proper time to follow up.
Here are some tips to give video interview-
– Choose a reliable and quality camera- If you’re lucky enough to have multiple devices (such as a computer, tablet, smart phone), choose the one you are most comfortable with . If necessary, invest in purchasing — or borrowing — the best technology.
– Select a Proper Location for the Interview- control the lighting, and display a decent background. You should choose a location from where you can be seen on camera from about the waist up, not just your face.
– Test All the available devices. Test your connection. Test your camera. Test your lighting. Test your sound. Test the video program. Make sure you understand how it all works.
– Have a backup plan if something goes wrong the day of the interview.
– And at last make eye contact and smile at appropriate times. Have good posture. Use hand gestures to make your point.