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Video Interviewing

Globalisation and increased connectivity have led to use of technology to fasten up the process of recruiting with the use of video interviews.

A GreenJobInterview survey conducted in 2017 indicated that more than 80% of those surveyed had used video interviews to recruit.  Three out of five respondents use video interviews for recruiting mid-level employees. While four out of five participants of the survey said they had used video interviewing to recruit between 1 to 50 new employees.

The interesting finding of this survey was that almost 90% wanted to switch over to video interviewing to recruit.

Although some recruiters did admit to facing technical and other hurdles in using video interviews, for a majority of them this method of interviewing has been cost effective and a faster process for recruitment.

  • Budget limitations and lack of talent were the only two blocks to implement video interviewing for large scale recruiting.
  • 31% of participants said there were no challenges in implementing the interview technique for recruitment.

Advantages of video interviewing:

Cost saving: The most obvious advantage of video interviewing is in cost saving for the candidate, particularly when he or she is located abroad. Video interviews mean additional expenses such as travel, lodging, and food are avoided. It saves some dollars for recruiters as well, as they do not have to allocate a different interview location or room.

Time saving: For employers, video interviewing saves up the time they would have spent in scheduling a personal face to face interview and coordinating for the same. Since there is no separate interview location, the recruiters can get back to their work without the interview disrupting their schedule or productivity.

Easy to retrieve: When there are face to face interviews, it is possible for the recruiters to forget certain aspects of the interaction. Videos can be watched any number of times until the required information has been retrieved.

Telecommuting: With increasing trends of telecommuting, video interviews are a valuable tool for recruiters since they can screen candidates remotely.  Skill assessment of the remote workers can also be better assessed with a video interview wherein the candidates can demonstrate or show some samples of their work as applicable.

Communication skills: It is easy to study the body language and communication skills through a video interview, unlike a telephone conversation.

The main challenges in conducting video interviews are technical and internet connectivity issues that can result in poor visuals and audio quality, but with good support, these can be addressed as well.

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