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As the job market continues to evolve, so do the methods you use to find the right candidate for the job. This is especially true in the current environment, as many organizations are conducting their hiring processes remotely. Fortunately, there are several ways to screen job candidates remotely, ensuring you find the best person for the job.  

From virtual interviews to online assessments, there are a variety of methods you can use to evaluate a candidate’s skills and qualifications. In this article, we’ll discuss five of the most effective methods for screening your job candidates remotely. Read on to discover what you need to know to effectively evaluate potential hires without ever having to meet them in person. 

What Are Remote Screening Methods? 

There are several methods that companies use to screen job candidates remotely. Some of the most common methods include:  

  • Virtual Interviews 
  • Pre-Hire Assessments 
  • Video Interviews 
  • Background Checks 
  • Reference Checks.  

Depending on the hiring needs of your company, you may want to incorporate more than one of these screening methods into your hiring process. Remote screening methods allow you to evaluate candidates’ skills and qualifications without having to meet them in person. This is especially helpful for job seekers who are unable to travel due to scheduling conflicts or disabilities.  

Virtual Interviews – A virtual interview is a method for conducting phone interviews that take place entirely over the Internet. Unlike a phone interview, which is conducted over the phone, a virtual interview is conducted over a video call. Virtual interviews allow you to ask job candidates the same types of questions you would during a phone interview.  

Pre-Hire Assessments – Pre-hire assessments are methods for screening candidates on a variety of skills and qualifications. These assessments can be conducted online and typically require the candidate to complete a series of tasks or answer a series of questions. Once the candidate has completed the assessment, you can review their results to learn more about their skills and qualifications.  

Video Interviews – A video interview is a method for interviewing candidates that takes place entirely over a video call. Video interviews allow both the candidate and hiring manager to see one another while conducting the interview. Video interviews are especially useful for jobs that require specific or technical skills, or where the job requires a high level of customer service.  

Background Checks – A background check is a method for screening candidates by gathering information about their past employment history. Depending on the type of job you are hiring for, you may want to conduct a background check on every candidate. Alternatively, you may only want to conduct background checks for candidates who are applying for certain roles.  

Reference Checks – A reference check is a method for screening candidates by contacting their past employers. Depending on the type of job you are hiring for, you may want to contact every candidate’s past employer or only those who apply for certain roles. 

Conclusion 

Screening your job candidates remotely is an effective way to find the right person for the job. There are several methods you can use to screen your candidates, including virtual interviews, pre-hire assessments, and video interviews. Remote screening methods allow you to evaluate candidates’ skills and qualifications without ever having to meet them in person.