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Part 2: Types of Video Interviews

Recorded video interviews: which is the best way to screen candidates?

You have an extraordinarily high volume of job candidates to screen and want to narrow down your candidate numbers and identify the best possible job fit, you have to screen each and every qualified applicant.

Screening candidates before inviting them to take part in a formal, in-person interview is a necessary, especially when you consider the fact that an average of 250 resumes are received for each corporate job opening. With recorded video interviews, in which candidates record their answers to a series of text or video-based questions in a pre-determined amount of time, screening doesn’t have to be tedious or time-consuming.

Connecting with Candidates

Both recorded video interviews and phone interviews give you an opportunity to ask questions and gain more insight on a candidate’s ability to fulfill the duties of a particular position. But that’s where the similarities end. Unlike phone interviews, video interviews give you a more complete picture of a candidate. Instead of relying on a candidate’s tone of voice to assess their interest, personality, and professionalism, recorded video interviews enable you to pick up on important visual cues, such as facial expressions and body language, that can potentially impact a hiring decision. With recorded video interviews, you're able to see what you’re going to get before the candidate ever steps foot in the office.

Scheduling the Initial Interview

The nature of recorded video interviews takes the hassle out of the scheduling process. In fact, it takes very little scheduling to screen candidates via video. Create a list of interview questions you’d like answered, send out a link to the interview platform, and watch interview recordings at your convenience.

Comparing

With recorded video interviews you can ensure that all candidates are being asked exactly the same thing and that they’re given the same amount of time to prepare and deliver their answers, thus leveling the playing field. What’s more, interview recordings can be paused and played back as many times as necessary, which makes it easier to fairly evaluate candidates.

Collaborating on Hiring Decisions

Rather than relying on cluttered interview notes or verbal play-by-plays to assess candidates, video interview recordings can be shared with others so that they can make their own unbiased decisions.

Live video interviews: the best solution for speedy hiring

An efficient hiring process is crucial if you want to avoid having empty positions for weeks or even just a few days. According to the Society of Human Resource Management, it typically takes between 29 and 43 days to hire a new employee. That’s far too long, especially if you need rockstar talent right away to help your company grow. Achieving an efficient hiring process means ditching traditional hiring methods that waste time and improving hiring team collaboration so that decisions about a candidate can be made faster.

Video interviews, particularly the Live interview, are powerful tech solutions that allow companies to quickly reach a hiring decision. When you’ve found a great candidate, you need to move fast before someone from the competition to steal them from you.

You have probably even used a live video chat platform before; whether it be Google Hangouts, Skype, or Facetime, so you are already familiar with the concept. The main difference between live video chats and live video interviews is that video interviews are specifically designed for the recruiting or hiring process.

Live Video interviews for better hiring collaboration

Typically takes companies at least a month to hire a new employee. Forcing candidates to wait that long for a decision may leave a bad impression thinking about your company and they could decide to look for work elsewhere. For companies to reach hiring decisions faster, it could mean simply enhancing their hiring team collaboration.

In order for a hiring decision to be made, the input of other colleagues may be required. However, having to juggle the schedules of multiple people when arranging an interview with a candidate can be very difficult, if not impossible. Additionally, there may be instances when something comes up at the last minute and a colleague or two can't be present for a candidate’s scheduled interview. With recorded live video interviews you can easy getting your colleagues caught up.

Live video interviews work just like their three dimensional counterparts, only without the travel costs and hassle of scheduling a traditional in-person interview. Moreover, a recorded interview can easily be shared with your colleagues and played back at any time. If a colleague couldn’t be there in-person and they're instrumental to the decision, they will still be able to get a good feel for a candidate's potential fit and qualifications and weigh in on whether to move forward with them or not.

Better hiring team collaboration also means you can ensure that a smart hiring decision is being made every time. A bad hire decision can cost your company significantly. If you're able to collaborate more easily, you'll be able to also do so faster. This means that important hiring decisions can be reached quickly, allowing you to extend job offers to talented candidates before other companies can get to them.

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