When job candidates are evaluated during virtual interviews, employers may ask a series of tough questions to get an in-depth view of an applicant's work experience. How candidates reply to these queries could have a dramatic impact on an organization's hiring decisions.
With video interviewing from Montage, companies can hear and see how applicants respond to their questions. Any facial expressions and nonverbal cues will be transparent to employers.
Check out some of the questions that might help employers when they evaluate candidates.
Tell me about yourself...
According to CNN, this is the number one tough question for applicants during interviews. Often, it's the first question an employer may ask - an icebreaker that could set the tone for the experience.
In a video interview, an employer should appear calm and confident when answering this question, as it could set the tone for the interaction. Asking the question calmly might help the individual feel more comfortable, which could help the respondent provide an answer that truly reflects his or her personality.
Additionally, interviewers should give candidates as much time as they need to respond. Employers should avoid fidgeting, looking at their watch or other behaviors that might make an applicant feel hurried. Virtual interviews make it easy for employers and applicants to feel directly connected, as each party can see the other, so candidates can take the time necessary to deliver an adequate answer.
What are your weaknesses?
It's highly unlikely that a job candidate is perfect, and employers should recognize the value of applicants who meet their expectations. Interviewers may receive a wide range of responses to this question, so an honest assessment could be difficult. However, reviewing a job description could serve employers when they examine an applicant's answer.
For example, a respondent who says he or she struggles with math might not be the ideal candidate for a bank. Organizations that use video interviews give themselves an increased chance to complete accurate employee evaluations, as they can better position themselves to recognize top-tier talent by responses to challenging questions.
What can you offer me that another person can't?
This question gives a candidate the opportunity to distinguish himself or herself from others. It forces the applicant to consider why an employer should make a job offer, and could lead to interesting responses from candidates.
A face-to-face interview - even one conducted virtually - might reduce the pressure a candidate feels when answering this question. According to MarketingProfs, this type of interaction promotes more powerful, meaningful relationships between the parties involved. This is reflected in the business world, and in September 2011, Marketing Professionals reported that 40 percent of companies attracted or retained clients with face-to-face meetings.
Video interviews using Montage applications make this a viable option for employers. While interviews might still include tough questions, candidates could feel more comfortable as they provide answers to a potential employer during a face-to-face interaction.