Virtual job interviews are here to stay: how to impress

TORONTO, May 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to the workplace, some of which will remain permanent long after the pandemic is over. One practice that’s here to stay is virtual job interviewing, but that practice comes with its own set of challenges, according to a recent survey by The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals.

Almost half of employers (44%) say they have conducted video interviews remotely, and white-collar industries (59%) are more likely than blue-collar workers (27%) to have conducted interviews remotely. Additionally, large companies (over 100 employees) are more likely to conduct job interviews remotely (64%) than medium-sized companies with 10-99 employees (50%) and small companies with less than 10 employees (18%).

Notably, 2 in 5 hiring decision makers (39%) say they are tougher on candidates during remote interviews than in person.

Specifically, if interviewees are dressed unprofessionally during the interview (for example, wearing loungewear), nearly half of hiring decision makers would not hire the candidate (45%). A respondent’s background during the interview is also a factor, as having a TV on (35%), visible clutter (33%) and/or people in the background (23% ) could result in a candidate being denied the position.

Jessica Culo, owner of an Express franchise in Edmonton, Alberta, agrees that virtual interviews are here to stay.

“Clients we work with love the efficiency of virtual interviews, however, in-person and on-site interviews also have a lot of value,” according to Culo. “I think the mix of the two is here to stay, especially with virtual preliminary interviews, followed by second or third in-person interviews.”

Bruce Hein, owner of an Express franchise in Sarnia, Ontario, points out that virtual interviews were rare before the COVID-19 pandemic and that this has helped some employers in a very tight labor market plagued by labor shortages. -work.

“While in-person interviews are still ideal, with more people working remotely, companies don’t want to risk losing the right employee by insisting on an in-person interview,” Hein said. “After two years of virtual meetings, it has been shown that we can easily connect online and more and more job seekers and employers have become familiar with remote job interviews.”

Culo and Hein advise job seekers to approach virtual interviews the same way they would approach an in-person interview.

“Poor technology, physical distractions, inappropriate appearance and dress, or taking the call in an inappropriate environment are all discouraging signs for most employers,” Culo said. “Especially when so many roles are now remote or hybrid, employers expect to see a candidate virtually behave for an interview in the way they should be during working hours.”

“Most hiring managers understand that with a virtual interview there are opportunities for technical difficulties or the appearance of your pet or family member and we have all learned to be more understanding and flexible. during the pandemic,” Hein said. “However, dressing appropriately is still important, as well as staying focused during the interview. Don’t let your eyes wander and give the interviewer the impression that you’re unengaged or multitasking, because that’s a sure way to exclude yourself from the race.

As for their tips for a successful interview, Hein recommends “doing a hands-on trial of the technology beforehand. Make sure you have downloaded the meeting platform and know how to access it, determine in advance the best place in your house to do the interview, which is quiet and well lit, avoid distractions by closing the other windows from your computer and putting your phone away, and of course, dress for the job you want.

Culo reminds interviewees that many of the same rules of etiquette apply to virtual job interviews.

” Do not be late. For some reason we’re seeing employers less likely to notice if an interview is a minute or two late in person, compared to virtual, so log in 10 minutes early to make sure you don’t have any connectivity issue,” Culo said. “Most platforms will let the interviewer know you’re ready (early) and that’s also something they like to see. Always be ready with a few questions to ask and follow up with an email thanking the interviewer for his time.”

Whether a job interview is in person or virtually, candidates should always try to be professional and make a good impression on potential employers, according to Bill Stoller, CEO of Express Employment International.

“Virtual job interviews can be convenient for job seekers who may not always be able to travel for job interviews and can allow employers to broaden their search area to find the talent they need” , Stoller said. “But for virtual job interviews to be successful, both parties need to treat it the same as an in-person interview by being professional and being prepared with helpful questions and answers.”

Survey methodology
The survey was conducted online in Canada by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals between November 10 and December 2, 2021, among 510 Canadian hiring decision makers (defined as adults aged 18 and more in Canada who are full-time or self-employed, work in businesses with more than one employee, and are fully/meaningfully involved in hiring decisions in their business). The data have been weighted, where appropriate, by company size to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.

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About Bill Stoller
William H. “Bill” Stoller is President and CEO of Express Employment International. Founded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the international recruitment franchisor supports the Express Employment Professionals franchise and associated brands. The Express franchise brand is an industry-leading international recruitment company with franchises in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

About Express Employment Professionals
At Express Employment Professionals, we’re in the people business. From job seekers to corporate clients, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Our international franchise network provides localized recruitment solutions to the communities they serve in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, employing 586,000 people worldwide in 2021 and 10 million since its creation. For more information, visit

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