017 Video Interview, Good and Bad

By | April 16, 2015

Substituting recruiter phone screen with a recorded video interview. I was skeptical at first, but then there are quite a few advantages for job applicant, recruiter and hiring manager.

I am involved in a pilot program. My first thoughts were, “ooh, no personal touch by the organization and recruiting? That’s not good.” But we are trying to do more in Talent Acquisition with less resources. This could help. What am I talking about. Well, instead of a recruiter conducting an initial phone screen with an applicant, they have the candidate record themselves answering predetermined questions using their webcam and mic – pc, tablet or even a phone.

I took the video interview myself. The experience was not bad. But then again, I do a podcast so talking and cameras don’t bother me much. It helped me understand the candidate experience and allowed me to form important questions to ask when conducting a feedback survey.

Survey feedback on the video interviews was ‘ok’. No big complaints. No ‘wow this was great’ responses. Many indicated that the clarity of the questions were above average. The only concern that was noted in the 45% response rate of candidate feedback was that the time it took to answer questions was too short. We had that set at 2 minutes. That is something we can address. All of the applicant survey respondents indicated it was their first time doing a video interview. Interesting.

Overall, I am becoming a fan and advocate of the video interview. I explain in this episode.

Have you applied to a job and been asked to do a video interview? I’d love to hear from you?

Recruiters and Hiring Managers, what are your thoughts about video interviews?

Let me know in the comments or send email to sean@talentjockey.com