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The ins and outs of video interviewing

23rd Oct 2017

These days, businesses and employees alike are looking for more and more ways to simply ‘get the job done’. Time is money, and one thing you will learn from work is that if there is a way to cut corners without compromising on quality, it’s a route worth taking! One such example of this is when it comes to interviewing. The process can often be long, laborious and expensive for both candidates and businesses alike. But fear not - video interviewing is now being used more than ever as a modern and cost-effective solution for this issue. Not sure what it’s all about? Here’s everything you need to know.

What is video interviewing?

Pretty much exactly what it says on the tin! The beauty of it is that all you really need is a decent internet connection. The interview can occur anytime, anyplace, and can be performed on any device, meaning both parties can be a little more flexible than if the meeting was occuring in person. Typically, the number of questions is set at the interviewer’s discretion, as is the length of time the candidate has to consider and articulate their answers. It might sound a little complicated to set up, especially if you are not used to using any kind of video-calling technology whatsoever. But you can find built-in video interviewing software available on certain job-search platforms, such as the Sheffield City Region Job Board. As a business, you get ten free video interviews every month - and with nothing to set up, all the hard work is done for you! Sound good? Here are some of the ways this technology could work in your favour.

What are the benefits for candidates using video interviewing?

So, why should you, as a candidate, consider applying for a role that will involve a video interview as part of its recruitment process? It might be a bit of a scary thought if you’ve never done it before, or if you don’t regard yourself as the most technologically advanced person in the world. But it is actually a much easier way for you to sell yourself to the company in question. Firstly, from a practical point of view, you will inevitably save money on travel costs, especially if the company is some distance from where you are currently based. Plus, if you are still working in a full time position, finding the time to travel to an interview elsewhere can often be difficult and sometimes awkward, especially if your boss does not know you are looking for work elsewhere. With video interviewing, you can also rely on the magic of artificial intelligence to fight your corner. This kind of stuff can seem spooky at first, but it can actually work in your favour as a candidate. Humans can often have their professional judgements clouded by trivial first-impressions or unconscious bias, but the AI used in video interviewing means it is your words alone that speak volumes rather than having a business rely solely on your CV and/or your cover letter. Most people shine much brighter in real life than they do on paper, so a video interview can also be your opportunity to charm your prospective employer.

What are the benefits for companies using video interviewing?

The benefits for companies using video interviews are pretty much endless. They are far more flexible - you don’t have just one opportunity to get to know your candidate and memorise everything they say. With a recorded video interview, you can watch it back after completion and take your time to get a real feel for your candidate, long before inviting them to a face to face interview. This automatically means that you can streamline your talent pool, reducing the need to set aside quite so much time to interview a whole hoard of people in person - time consuming for both recruiters and businesses alike. In this same vein, you also cut down overhead costs, as you don’t need to rent somewhere to hold the interviews or pay a colleague to spend their day sifting through applicants. Plus, if you need a second opinion on a candidate, video interviews can also be easily shared with other colleagues after said interview has taken place (very useful when you need extra input before making a decision). Sound promising? Join and register your business.