We are often asked why we don’t use Zoom for our initial interviews with candidates. Everyone who cannot interview in person is suddenly obsessed with Zoom. Frankly, we prefer Teams over Zoom, but regardless of your software, we have provided guidance for both hiring managers and candidates to help make the virtual interviews more productive.
Despite the deluge of articles about Zoom, there are strong arguments for choosing a phone call instead of video for your first conversation with a candidate (and these arguments will remain valid long after people can finally return to offices). Let's outline a few reasons why you might want to start with a phone call in the current remote work environment, and then a few reasons why you might want to continue using the phone even when you can return to your office.
Reasons you might want to interview over the phone right now:
Reasons why it might make sense to keep using the phone instead of video even after we are all back in our offices:
If you plan to continue with video, Dr. John Sullivan offers some sound advice for how to make remote video interviews more effective.
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