Voices November/December 2022
Making the Most of Your Virtual Interview
Q: It looks like virtual interviews are here to stay. They are convenient, but how we can ensure we are not sacrificing anything in the process?
A: Just because it’s easy to turn on your computer and click on a link doesn’t mean the interview is any less important. Virtual interviews can be just as effective as in person. Take the same steps to prepare as you always have, and then take some time to test and prepare for the videoconferencing platform:
- I like to use a “waiting room” feature so I can make sure everything is set before I bring the candidate in.
- Choose a well-lit, quiet place to conduct the interview. The green screen backgrounds can be distracting. If you don’t like the background of your working area, use the blur feature.
- Look into the camera and make eye contact with the candidate, and smile. Looking away to take notes, check your phone, or look at a second screen can be disarming to the interviewee.
- Be forgiving if interruptions or technical difficulties get in the way. Even with the best of preparation, this can happen. It can also be an opportunity to observe how a candidate handles the unexpected.
—Josh Wyatt, Senior Director of Talent Development, University of Arizona, U.S.
Virtual Engagement Best Practices
Explore these CASE resources for tips and best practices on remote engagement with staff, donors, and alumni.
- Learn about CASE and GG+A's research symposium in July 2022 on remote engagement and navigating the post-pandemic workplace.
- Explore the CASE's Library's guide on remote engagement, with articles on connecting with staff online, engaging with donors virtually, and more.
- Leading a hybrid or remote team? Start with our CASE Library's collection on managing remotely.
- See how institutions around the globe organized hybrid and online activities in the 2022 Circle of Excellence Awards winners for engagement.
- Swap ideas at CASE's Strategic Talent Management conference.
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