If you are starting a recruiting agency today, there is something new that needs to be a part of your plan: video interviewing. A recent study cited 80% of employers with more than 10,000 employees have used video interviewing to hire employees or screen candidates. Even small employers are now using video and agency recruiters best be aware of this trend. In the future, employers may ask for video resumes or expect a video screen be done on each candidate. Face-to-face is great, but the time and cost associated with face-to-face is astronomical when compared to the speed and low cost of video.
Here are some excuses I have heard used for not using or considering video as a part of the strategy when starting a recruiting agency:
- Not Aware – Some firms just did not consider video as they planned their agency because they were unaware of the trend and the technology.
- Don’t See Value – Many agency recruiters don’t see value and believe face-to-face or phone is better to enough.
- Concern About Legal Implications – Some starting a recruiting agency are concerned about the eventual legal implications of video interviewing.
- Cost – Some agency recruiting firms are of the opinion that video interviewing is expensive.
- Unwilling to Change Process – Many have never used video and are unwilling to make a change in process.
- Unaware of Savings/Success – The time and cost savings, the speed to screen, and the quality of hire can all improve but many starting a recruiting agency are not yet tuned into the potential.
These are good reasons, but now that you have read about the trends, the savings, the potential effectiveness there really is no good excuse. It is pretty simple and low cost to try. NPA has a partnership with InterviewStream but there are many good providers and even some low-cost options that connect with Skype or iPhone.
Let me know if you have clients using video or refusing to use video. I see this as a game-changer for agency recruiters because you can do a basic phone screen in way less time and it can be shared with your client when necessary. Maybe you see it differently?
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