Interestingly, I have heard little about the topic of doing
video internet interviews for some time until I spoke with
a university chair who shared involvement in three virtual
team interviews for the chairmanship of another
department. It was part of the process for a faculty
It came as a way to bring people who have very busy
schedules together, expose interviewees to the same kinds of
situations and questions in a documented process that
meets legal standards.
In some places virtual internet video interviews are done
when travel time and budgets do not permit actual live in
person interviews or panel interviews. So many of the
points made in earlier posts seem to still apply.
I observed one good addition to the “virtual” literature
on “virtual video interviews”, so let me highlight my new
- a video interview does not have a natural flow like
a phone or in person interview might have. Often,
they are staged asynchronously where a set of established
questions are created and asked in the same manner
and the interview is recorded as a file and sent.
- the lack of flow presents some adjusting to to
present your best foot forward.
- timing of interviews, responses and even follow
up from interview questions to achieve common
ground can be different.
- it is useful for the interviewee to consider offering
“please let me know if I responded to your question
in a helpful manner?“ Provide a situation, whether
follow up video interview or phone call or in person,
to help meet the interview objectives.
I think I will add virtual video interviews as an optional
topic in this year’s class.