Interviews are undoubtedly a critical part of the hiring process. But they can also be time consuming and scheduling can be a logistical nightmare. Enter video interviewing. Even those who have never used a webcam before can master the technology with a few practice sessions. Here are four perks of video interviewing:
As a busy hiring manager, coordinating schedules with in-demand candidates and other decision-makers within your company can be a dizzying experience. Fortunately, you can skip the burden of endless email chains by eliminating the need for everyone to be in the same room at once. With video interviewing, you can connect with candidates when you want, where you want. Some technologies, like one that Randstad uses, limit the need to coordinate schedules altogether by allowing candidates to record their answers to preset interview questions (which you determine, with guidance from your recruiter) on their own time. Then, all you need to do is review the candidate’s recording. You can even share the clips with anyone else on your team who needs to be involved in the hiring process. This could eliminate the need for second and third interviews.
If you prefer to make a more interactive connection, there are still plenty of options available to conduct real-time interviews with your candidates. Regardless of which platform you choose - Google Duo, Google Hangouts, Skype, FaceTime, the list goes on - the burden of travelling is still off the table. And with this added convenience, candidates are less likely to cancel their interviews, allowing you to find your next great hire more quickly.
it’s easy to learn
Adopting any new technology can be stressful, but practice makes perfect! Give yourself extra time to familiarize yourself with whichever video interviewing platform you choose, and schedule time with a colleague or Randstad recruiter to practice using it.
test their tech skills
More and more Randstad clients are requesting tech-savvy candidates for all kinds of jobs – ranging from administrative support, marketing, finance, logistics and everything in between. Video interviewing is a great way to informally test a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively and professionally present on camera, and for some companies, this could be a key predictor of their success.
Just as telephones and telephone interviewing became commonplace in the 20th century, the 21st century has brought us webcams and video interviewing. Snag the best candidates as soon as they become available and skip the stress of scheduling. The future is here.