Video interviewing is a hot topic, following the viral interview featuring a four-year-old girl with some serious swagger, a cruising baby and a frantic, floor-crawling mum.
Two things are certain, that video is the best thing you’ll see on the BBC this year, but more importantly, video interviews are becoming increasingly popular and could be the future of the hiring process.
Here are 5 reasons why you should be embracing the video interview:
1. No faffing around with scheduling
There’s hardly enough hours in an ordinary work day, let alone when you have to merge with someone else’s diary for a face-to-face. Pre-recorded video interviews allow you to watch at a time convenient for you.
Sweet sweet music to every recruiter’s ears. None of your day will be lost on no shows or late candidates.
3. Whittle down the masses
Video interviewing is a great way of managing competitive roles, (the ones the whole world seems to be applying for). Pre-recorded videos highlight the candidates that have put the time in, demonstrating their commitment to the role. Video submissions are already becoming the norm for top-dog companies to cherry-pick the top talent for face-to-face interviews.
4. See beyond the CV
Screening an A4 piece of paper only tells you so much about a candidate. If you’re unsure which applicants to bring to face-to-face interviews, a quick live stream will tell you.
5. Are they a company fit?
Perhaps you're looking for a strong communicator or someone who can nail a negotiation? Video interviews are the perfect opportunity to test these skills. Why waste time setting up a face-to-face when you can find out via video beforehand?
Of course, meeting in the flesh is essential before any hire. However, video interviewing saves time and energy. Plus, it’s more cost-efficient in the early interview stages - especially for competitive roles. It’s also a great alternative to first-round phone interviews.