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4 Creative Ways Video Interviewing Creates a More Sustainable Recruitment Process

4 Ways Video Interviewing Creates a More Sustainable Recruitment Process

If your company strives towards sustainability and being kinder to our environment, you are not alone.  I’m sure your business is offering employees options such as recycling, reusable coffee cups and water bottles, along with paperless solutions in the office.

Have you stopped to think about how you could create a greener interview process? If not, video interviewing could be the answer for you when it comes to achieving a more sustainable business.

1. Reduces fuel consumption

Of course, if you or a candidate do not have to jump in the car and drive to an interview, you will conserve fuel consumption.  Whether driving your own car or using public transportation, being able to conduct an interview from the confines of your own home helps to eliminate the pollution you would be contributing otherwise.

2. Saves travel cost for non-local candidates

Not only does video interviewing save when it comes to local candidates, but it can offer even greater sustainable solutions when it comes to non-local candidates.

If you have a non-local candidate you are interviewing for a position, please consider live video interviews before making a decision on traveling the candidate to your location.  Not only does this save on fuel consumption, but it also saves time and great expense for your company.  By not having to arrange and pay for a flight, hotel, and other transportation when you are not 100% sure of the candidate, you are creating a more sustainable interview process while still maintaining that face-to-face interaction through video.

3. Encourages a paperless environment

What’s the first thing a candidate typically hands you when meeting for the interview?  A copy of their resume.  Quite often, most candidates will have printed several copies of their resume for the interview in case they interview with any of your team members or colleagues.

By embracing video interviewing, you eliminate this need for paper resumes.  The candidate has no need to print off a stack of resumes and your desk doesn’t pile high with resumes that eventually end up in the shred box.

When you embrace electronic options such as video interviewing, you in turn encourage a more paperless environment with electronic applications, resumes, etc.

4. Conserves time

You may not think that conserving time is necessarily a sustainable solution.  However, I disagree.  When we spend our time doing unnecessary things, we are eliminating the time we would be able to use on other areas of our business.  After all, I believe that having a more sustainable environment means doing things efficiently and effectively while being kind to Mother Nature.

When we incorporate video interviewing into our process, we are making better use of our time overall.  This allows us time to concentrate on making the right decisions in not only the interview process but also in the daily ongoing of our business.  When we are able to work efficiently, we have more time for making the right decisions, which can help us to get closer to sustainability.

What are some other ways video interviewing can help us to be more green?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Julia Weeks

Julia is a skilled Recruiter with over 8 years of experience in sourcing, interviewing, and hiring within many industries globally. She works closely with hiring managers and job seekers to understand needs and desires, while offering guidance and ensuring the right fit. When not recruiting or writing, Julia enjoys spending time outside cycling, taking her dog for walks, or honing her sailing skills.