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Navigating the Virtual Interview: How to Maximize Zoom While Conducting a Thorough Interview

If you’re like many people, you’ll be working at home for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, your business is still able to move forward during the pandemic. In fact, it’s doing so well you need to hire.

Conducting in-person interviews isn’t an option right now, so you’re turning to Zoom. This incredible video conferencing tool is easy to use and makes it possible to have a face-to-face conversation with candidates. Here’s some advice to help you get started.

Four Tips to Conduct a Successful Zoom Interview

Do a Trial Run

You don’t have to be super tech-savvy to use Zoom. However, like all software programs, you do need to dedicate a little time to get comfortable with it. This means it’s important to familiarize yourself with it before you start interviewing candidates. If possible, do a practice call with a family member or friend, so you can work out the kinks in advance.

Dress Professionally

Chances are, your standard work dress code has gone very casual at home. This is fine most of the day, but you need to change into business casual attire for the call. In most cases, this will be a candidate’s first impression of you, so you want to look like a boss. Dressing the part shows you’re taking the interview seriously.

Find a Quiet Spot to Talk

If you have kids and/or pets, your home might not be the quietest place. However, you can’t conduct a good interview if you’re unable to hear the candidate — and vice versa. Before the interview, find a quiet space to talk, where you won’t be interrupted. This will allow you to focus your full attention on the candidate and their fit for your team.

Treat It Like a Regular Interview

Interviewing candidates on Zoom might feel strange to you, but you’ll get more comfortable with it in time. While it’s different than the in-person interviews you’re used to, it’s still a job interview. It’s still important to prepare in advance, ask behavioral interview questions, and give candidates the floor to ask you questions. Treating this the same as a traditional interview will allow you to uphold the same hiring standards you’re accustomed to.


Don’t lose sleep over staffing.

Worried about completing a big project or staffing up for your seasonal rush? Have a key position to fill and need to get it right the first time? Trouble managing a large temporary team?

Relax. HTSS is on call for you 24/7.

  • Reliable workforce consultants with the know-how to uncover the best talent.
  • Pre-screened candidates with proven credentials and strong track records.
  • Local ownership for the ease of local decision making – and less red tape.
  • WBENC certification to meet your supplier diversity goals.
  • On-site coordinators available to handle all aspects of managing your temporaries.

Spend less time and money recruiting, screening and managing your workforce – and more time reaching your business goals.

Worry less. Get more done. Contact HTSS.


CEO Letter

As a staffing and recruitment professional for over  30 years, I have seen many changes in the industry. Over that time, I’ve witnessed a transformation in the way organizations view staffing services. Today, we see more and more companies using staffing services as a strategic tool, rather than just for temporary fill-ins.

At HTSS, Inc., our focus is on helping companies create proactive workforce plans. Our goal is to help our clients use staffing strategically to increase capacity, overcome hiring freezes, access specialized talent, better manage increased workloads, and enhance overall productivity.

For our candidates, we help to uncover truly rewarding job opportunities—jobs that are a match to each candidate’s skills, and jobs that offer key experience and growth potential.

We look forward to strengthening our relationships with our current clients and candidates, as well as forming new and exciting partnerships in the future.


Pat Howells
HTSS, Inc.