Learn why are companies turing to the web-based video interview.
Many companies are turning to the video interview for their hiring needs. Some companies are having video interviews take the place of initial phone interviews. Speaking virtually face-to-face with candidates, can give an interviewer a better understanding of the candidate. By doing a video interview as a first round interview, it can help the hiring team further narrow down who will make it to the second round of interviews, more so than a phone interview.
While many are using the video interviews as the first round of interviews, some organizations are also using it in place of an in-person interview. Companies are turning to this option because doing a video interview it can speed up the hiring process, sometimes by even two weeks.
In-person interviews can take awhile to schedule, the candidate needs to take into account travel time, and they typically last longer than a video interview. A video interview can typically be scheduled quicker and that can speed up the process.
There are several different types of video interviews that employers now conduct, the first being a standard Skype or Facetime call. These technologies are something that most candidates and employers have access to already and they are free to use for one-on-one video calling. The downside to these types of interviews is that they are not always easy to record. Skype currently does not have a built-in recording feature and Facetime does, but not everyone has Apple products.
Many companies like to record video interviews to get feedback from other team members, who may not have been involved in the actual interview. Because of this, many companies have turned to other technologies. Some employers will send a candidate a program where a questions pops up that they are expected to answer. Candidates have an allotted time to review the question, compose an answer, and then the program starts recording them. This type of interview is typically done as a first round interview, it does not require an interviewer to be present and it allows the candidate to do it at a time that is convenient for them.
Other technologies allow a company to conduct a virtual face-to-face interview, like Skype, but they are still able to record it. Some of these platforms also allow multiple people to join in on the interview as well. PC World gives a good overview of the some of the better interviewing platforms out there. Their list includes, Interview4, Montage, InterviewStream, Jobvite and Zoom. Hirevue is another very popular service.
Video interviews are quick, efficient and cost-effective, but not everyone has the best experience with them. According to Business News Daily, video interviews puts barriers between candidates and employers, that are not there during in-person interviews, making both the candidates and interviewers come-off as less likable.
In the end, there are pros and cons to conducting video interviews in place of phone or in-person interviews. Organizations need to evaluate all the different interview processes and options and find what works best for them.