The beauty of one-way digital interviews is that interviewers have the opportunity to prepare, while candidates have the flexibility to answer those questions in a written, video, or voice format at their convenience. This means candidates don’t have to wait until an interviewer can fit them in their schedule and interviewers can attend to the responses at all. Both candidates and recruiters have the freedom and flexibility to engage in the process at their own pace – often cutting down the time it takes to move onto next steps.
When preparing for a one-way interview, recruiters need to determine the best questions for each candidate, along with the format that best fits the candidate’s role. The two most common types of one-way video interview questions are the written and video response formats. So, what is the difference between one-way written and one-way video interviews, and what are the most effective video interview questions to use for each format?
Just like they sound, one-way written interviews require candidates to respond to questions in writing, while video interviews record candidates’ responses via webcam or other video capturing device. Each digital interview format typically demands a different type of targeted questions depending on what recruiters are screening candidates for.
Companies use written questions to elicit more fact-based responses for prerequisite questions. One-way interviews help recruiters weed out candidates who, based on their responses, are not adequate for the role. One-way written interviews give the candidate the freedom to say what they want to without being evaluated so much on how they say it. Some typical on-demand written interview questions could include:
One-way video interviews on the other hand capture candidates’ actual responses as well as soft skills, such as communication skills, social skills or personality, that you would typically gain from a face-to-face interview. As recruiter know from in-person interviews, how a candidate reacts to a question can be telling, if not more telling, than what their answer actually is. Companies use video interviews to ask questions that give them insight on the candidate’s likelihood to succeed within the role as well as within the company. Some typical video interview questions could include:
Ultimately, one-way interviews help recruiters and hiring teams speed up their screening process and decrease their overall time to hire while making sure they get to know their candidates before moving them to the next steps in the hiring process. To learn more about interviewstream’s one-way interviews, talk to an expert today.
If your candidate checks all of these boxes, they’re a superstar! But not every interviewee is perfect – it’s important to remember that many potential employees are still getting accustomed to video interviewing in any format. Use these 10 things as a reference, not as an end-all-be-all list of must-haves, and you’re bound to find a stellar employee who still has room to grow within your organization.
Alex Kilpatrick is the Marketing Communications Manager at interviewstream and has been with the company since 2018. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, traveling and spending time outdoors.