Vetting Applicants – Interview Platforms
Virtual interviews are the way to go!
- Set them up using the same process and structure you would for an in-person interview.
- Create interview questions that enable you to validate the skills and competencies needed for your position. Include behavioral interview questions (“tell me about a time when you…”) to tease out their likely response to typical situations such as resolving conflict, problem-solving, and use of innovation.
- Assure a professional setting and background for virtual interviews.
- Practice using the technology in advance of the interview.
- Treat this with the same professionalism as an in-person interview (because it is).
- If recruiting from within USF, please use MS Teams for hosting your candidate interviews.
- If outside of USF, consider the use of a platform other than Teams (e.g., Zoom, Google Hangouts). Evaluate which is the best option for your business and set the appropriate security settings. If you need additional guidance, visit USF IT.
Vetting Applicants – Qualifications
You may already have interview questions regarding job skills and competencies, but here are a few you may want to include as you vet for the future of work skills:
- What have you learned about yourself during COVID-19 that you could apply to this job/internship?
- What were your most valuable skill sets during COVID-19, and why?
- What new skills/competencies did you develop during COVID-19, and why are they valuable in the marketplace?
How can you verify your applicant’s technical and/or essential skills?
- Look for digital-micro-credentials, also known as badges, on their resume or LinkedIn profiles.
- Has the applicant developed an ePortfolio to share evidence of their projects and work products?
- Look for transferable skills through the candidate’s campus involvement, part-time job, or experiential learning, and the projects/skills exhibited.
Looking for more ideas? Check out this Working Remotely Toolkit, or reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional assistance.
Getting to Know Lynn
Lynn Chisholm is the Director of the Office of Internships and Career Readiness at the University of South Florida on the Tampa campus. Lynn’s team develops internship opportunities for students across all three USF campuses, leads the Engaged Student Employment program, leads internship/experiential learning programming and activities across the student academic journey and campus (High-Impact Educational Practices or “HIPs”), teaches internship and co-op classes, and administers the system-wide Career Readiness Badging Program. Her dedicated and amazing team of five staff, one GA, and 10 student employees serve all 50,000 USF students.