I’ll admit I’ve been skeptical about the use of video interviews. Webcam technology isn’t always reliable and services like Skype have their limitations as well. One thing I hadn’t considered though, is the use of pre-recorded video “interviews” as an alternative to phone screening. I recently listened to a webinar on this topic, and I’ve changed my way of thinking.
Here are 5 reasons every recruiter should be using pre-recorded video interviews:
Save time. With a pre-recorded option, you’ll record a single outbound video message that is sent to all candidates. Some reports indicate that recruiters can conduct up to ten video interviews in the same time as a single phone screen.
Level the playing field. By using video technology, you’ll ensure that all candidates are asked the same questions, in the same way. Pre-recorded video interviews can make the process much more objective based on how each person answers a question. You’ll have better data based on answers as opposed to instinct or a personal connection with the candidate.
Eliminate scheduling nightmares. Candidates record their answers on their own time and return them to you. No more phone tag, no more scheduling phone screens at night or on the weekend. No more candidates using up sick time or vacation time.
Better collaboration. Video responses can be shared all at once with the entire hiring team. Since everyone has the benefit of the same objective data (the video interviews), you’ll get better feedback from other stakeholders.
Weed out candidates who are “shopping.” Casual candidates who are aren’t seriously looking for a career opportunity won’t respond. This means you won’t waste time talking to those candidates, or worse, present them to your client.
Are you using pre-recorded video interviews in your recruiting firm? Why or why not?