Video interviews are a brilliant addition to your hiring process. Not only do they save you time and money, they also widen your talent pool and provide an effective way to screen candidates.
If you’re considering incorporating video interviews into your hiring process, read on to find out how they can make your recruitment strategy more efficient.
Save time for both parties
We’re all busy people and it can be hard to find a time that suits both you and your candidate for a face-to-face interview. This is more difficult when considering candidates have to allow extra time to travel to your company and may be trying to work the interview around their existing job.
Video interviews can be completed anytime, anywhere meaning no one has to travel, so it reduces the time you need to set aside for the interview. This also makes it more feasible to ask a candidate for a quick 20-30 minute chat, to get a feel for their skills and personality.
Widen your talent pool
Thanks to video technology, candidates who live further away can easily be interviewed at the click of a button. This means they won’t have to spend a long time traveling to your business, especially if they turn out to be an unsuitable fit.
Traveling across cities or states for an initial interview might put some candidates off, and costs your team money in flight and hotel costs. You can prevent these problems by meeting virtually.
What’s more, this enables you to interview remote candidates and those who might be willing to relocate. It also means you can interview those in different countries and time zones. As a result, you’ll open yourself up to a much wider talent pool outside of your local area.
Get personal with candidates
Video interviews are a more personal approach than conducting a phone interview, enabling you to actually see the candidate. As such, you’ll be able to look at their body language, make eye contact with them, and better judge their communication skills.
For instance, if the candidate is slouching, not making eye contact or seems distracted, it might suggest that they’re not that interested in the position.
Furthermore, videos interviews make it easier for both parties to build rapport, as you’ll have the opportunity to connect and look at each other’s facial expressions. Candidates will be able to put a friendly face to your name and capture your attention, and you’ll be able to get a better feel of their interest in the role.
Gain a better idea of a candidate’s potential
Face-to-face interviews can be nerve-wracking for candidates as they’re coming into a new environment and have to sell themselves under pressure. If your candidate can do the interview from the comfort of their own home, it should help them to feel more relaxed and confident.
This means they’ll be able to think more clearly and you’ll be able to get a better idea of what they can do and whether they’re a good fit for the role.
Screen candidates effectively
If you’ve received a huge number of applications, video interviews are great for screening applicants and narrowing them down to a shortlist.
You’ll be able to get an initial understanding of their skills and suitability and decide if you want to meet them face-to-face. Therefore, you won’t have to waste your time (or the candidate’s time) arranging meetings with those who aren’t right for the position.
Another bonus of video interviews is that they can be recorded, meaning you can re-watch clips to help you decide the best individuals to bring in to meet face-to-face. You can also share these with other team members or managers for a second opinion.
Making your hiring more efficient with video interviews
Conducting video interviews is a great way to make your hiring process easier. Whether you want to use them to recruit remote employees or screen candidates, there are loads of options available.
So if you haven’t yet incorporated this into your hiring process, now’s the time to start. Or if you want to find talented candidates to interview, check out Resume-Library’s resume search tool.
About the Author
Alice is a PR and Communications Assistant at Resume-Library. As a recent literature graduate, she loves anything that involves reading or writing, which is good news because her job involves a lot of this. She also is a chocoholic at heart which means lots of post-work trips to the gym!