Virtual interviews versus face-to-face interviews

21.11.2023

 

As part of the digital evolution, job interviews have undergone a significant change. The pandemic and lockdown popularised virtual interviews, changing the way candidates go through the selection process.

 

As we gradually returned to 'normality', virtual interviews became common practice in many sectors and are still in use today.

 

 

Although they share similarities with face-to-face interviews,there are notable differences that candidates should be aware of:

 

  • Flexibility: Virtual interviewing allows for greater flexibility in scheduling and availability as candidates are not limited by travel, making it easier to coordinate schedules and streamline the selection process.

 

  • Travel savings: Linked to the previous point, the need for physical travel is also eliminated, saving time and money. This reduces the risk of unforeseen events, which in turn benefits the interviewer.

 

  • Control of the environment: In a virtual interview, the candidate is in complete control of the environment. The choice of location, lighting and background is critical to projecting a professional image. In a face-to-face interview, on the other hand, the candidate is in a space provided by the company to which he or she may be unaccustomed.

 

  • Technical verification: Before the virtual interview, it is important for candidates to check their internet connection, camera functionality and sound quality to avoid technical glitches.

 

  • Non-verbal communication: Through the camera, non-verbal communication still plays a crucial role. During a virtual interview, it is important for candidates to control their gestures, facial expressions and posture, just as they would in a face-to-face interview.

 

  • Dress and presentation: Even in a virtual interview, professional attire is still important. Candidates should take care to present a polished and professional image. In addition, dressing well will instil confidence in them.

 

  • Unexpected interruptions: Virtual interviews are more likely to be interrupted unexpectedly: connection problems, background noise, untimely notifications, etc. It is important to be prepared to handle these unforeseen events in a professional manner.

 

  • Human connection: Despite advances in virtual tools, the personal connection in face-to-face interviews remains crucial. Being physically present can help build a stronger relationship between candidate and interviewer.

 

 

The key to a successful selection process is to be adaptable and prepared for any situation.

Whether it's virtual or face-to-face, it's important to approach the interview with calmness and confidence.