Coronavirus has proven itself an unprecedented threat – worldwide. One of the biggest hurdles of this crisis is getting a widely independent population on board while social distancing for the greater good. With clients looking to maintain operations and others looking to recruit talent – tech companies are faced with learning “digital decision-making”. 

While it can be challenging to replicate the feeling of a face-to-face interview, here are some tips to effectively conduct remote recruitment while practicing social distancing.

1. Pick the Perfect Working Spot

While homes are normally our primary places of comfort and coziness, remote interviews will call for at least a makeshift office space. Choose a quiet space with natural lighting if you can (preferably by a window) and make sure to have adequate desk space – a dining room or kitchen table is ideal.

2. Mandatory and “Nice to Have” Skills

Prepare a list of mandatory and ‘nice to have’ skills for the position you’re interviewing for ahead of time. Prepare all the questions you need answers to in order to be able to make a sound hiring decision. You can conduct a panel semi-structured interview and prepare behavioral or situational questions for each candidate. The interview might take longer than usual – but in the end, you’ll be equipped with more than enough information to bring the right person on board.

3. Use a Scoring System

You can group the skills you’re looking for into categories such as problem-solving, collaboration and teamwork, adaptability, response to failure, technical knowledge, etc. A data-driven method such as scoring can help you remain objective and avoid unconscious bias.

4. Plan a Second Interview

If you still have doubts about a candidate, ask for a second interview and have a colleague present (digitally) to give you a second opinion. Write down your main concerns or unanswered questions and think about other ways to get the answers you need.

5. Re-score the “Must-Have” Skills

Take a look at your must-have list and rescore it after the interview. Ask your colleague to do the same. Then, revisit it 24-48 hours after that to see if you’re still on the same page with your previous scoring as well as your colleagues’.

6. Have Empathy

Above all, take into consideration that everyone is  going through a rough-time with the current crisis – and some are taking it harder than others. A little bit of compassion and kindness can go a long way in understanding where a candidate is coming from and where they see themselves going in their potential new role as your colleague.

If your candidate scores an 85% or more, chances are you may have found your next colleague!



The recent COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for hiring remotely. Thanks to tools like Skype and Google Hangouts, candidates can enjoy the benefits of a face-to-face interview without actually having to be physically present.

Here are some do’s and don’ts to consider when dealing with remote hiring.


  1. Know how to use the software you are using. Whether it’s Skype, Google Hangouts or another platform, know how to use the technology to best effect. Fumbling over the controls will not instill confidence in your IT capabilities.
  2. Find a quiet environment away from every kind of distraction and make sure everyone nearby knows not to interrupt you.
  3. Make sure your environment is not too hot or too cold, sweating or shivering will not help your cause.
  4. Adjust your lighting to avoid shadows or over-exposure. Soft, natural lighting is your best bet. Try and make sure that you have light from both sides of your face.
  5. Sit in front of a neutral coloured background to create a professional-looking backdrop that does not compete with your wardrobe.
  6. Look straight into the camera, which needs to be at eye level. This way, it appears on the other end that you are looking right at the other person. Make eye contact naturally just as you would at a face to face meeting.
  7. Write a script. Know what you plan to say, rehearse it and post it on cue cards behind the camera to remind you of all the key points.


  1. Don’t talk too much when you are giving answers to questions or in describing your background and experience. Your interview is about the other person getting all the information they need, not about you telling them as much as possible.
  2. Don’t have a greasy face as it will show on camera. If necessary wash and dry your face before your interview.
  3. Don’t move around too much. Stay still and focused, and don’t use a swivel or a reclining chair.
  4. Don’t get distracted by other windows or programs on your computer or phone. Also make sure ring and notification tones on your phone are switched off during your meeting.The only thing on your screen should be the other person’s face. Avoid looking out windows or doors and becoming distracted by anything off-screen.
  5. Don’t show too much skin. Dress in the same professional attire that you would wear to an in-person interview. When in doubt smart it out!

With these tips, you can be sure to make a good impression on the interviewer and stand a better chance at being considered for the job.