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Video interviews must be handled like face-to-face meetings

Executive recruiters often turn to Skype and other teleconference software to meet candidates, but still expect professionalism

Nov. 17, 2017
By Walt Williams

Many executive recruiters regularly use Skype, Zoom and other video conferencing software to interview candidates for high-level positions, but that shouldn’t be an excuse for candidates to approach an interview less formally than if they were meeting in person.

Candidates make a number of mistakes when conducting video interviews, recruiters tell CEO Update. Many of those mistakes would not have happened had candidates approached video calls as if they had met recruiters face-to-face. While any single screw-up may not be enough to disqualify a person from a position, a poor video interview ultimately leaves a bad impression.

“You should treat it the same way as you treat an in-person interview,” said executive recruiter David Martin of Sterling Martin Associates.