When you’re trying to fill an open role in your organization, two factors in your recruiting strategy are essential to your success: time-to-hire and candidate experience. Video interviewing helps you shorten the time to onboard a new employee and improves candidate experience by streamlining the hiring process. On the hiring side, these platforms save your company time, money, and stress by simplifying your recruitment strategy.Video interviews benefit both the interviewer and the interviewee. They give your candidates a more tailored and flexible experience and reduce your recruiting spend. Swap screening calls for one-way on demand candidate videos, and trade your expensive in-person interviews for two-way connect video interviews. Video interviews transform and modernize your hiring process—and the platforms are ridiculously user-friendly.Additionally, the geographic reach of video interviewing widens your applicant pool and makes it easier to connect with candidates from all over—without the scheduling hassles and expense of offering travel and accommodations to far-flung prospects.Put simply, your competitors in the job market are already conducting video interviews. If you’re not offering this option to prospective employees, you could be losing out on valuable talent.
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During the hiring process, recruiters can leverage two main types of video interviews: one-way recorded video screenings, and two-way live interviews.
One way video interviews replace the phone screening stage of the recruiting process. After a candidate applies for a role, recruiters send them a prompt to complete a one-way interview by a set deadline.
When a candidate follows that prompt, it will take them to an online tool pre-loaded with a handful of interview questions set by the recruiter or hiring manager. The applicant will then be able to kick off a recording process, during which they’ll create brief videos of themselves answering each question within an allotted amount of time.Once they’ve completed the entire interview, they submit their recordings. The hiring team will be able to see completed videos on their end of the system. They can watch the videos, rate candidates, and share feedback to help determine which applicant should move forward in the process.
As an online, remote option to replace formal in-person interviews, live video interviews are two-way conferences between interviewers and interviewees. Just as they would in person, the group converses in real time and can get to know each other face to face.
Although some teams may choose to conduct these interviews over basic video conferencing tools such as Zoom or Skype, purpose-built interviewing software is more amenable to the process. For example, these tools offer branding options to aid in making a professional and positive impression, can often be used without having to download any local software so it’s easier for interviewees to join a conversation, and provide interviewers with access to predetermined questions in an unobtrusive way.
Key benefits to video interviews for hiring teams include:
Candidates also enjoy some important advantages from video interviewing:
When you begin offering video interviews to your job candidates, keep in mind that it won’t be a direct transition from your in-person recruitment process. To start with, let’s cover some basics to ensure your strategy is on point.
While you may use Zoom, Skype, or Microsoft Teams to conduct video meetings amongst your team, these aren’t the best choices for video interviewing software. This is because those tools foster excellent collaboration amongst colleagues, but don’t provide the seamless experience your recruiters and candidates need in the hiring process.Instead, look into purpose-built interviewing software that can offer end-to-end support for your hiring team. Such modern tools include features like:
Look for all of these capabilities when selecting a video interviewing platform. Your team will see the benefits in saved time, cost, and hassle over the long term; and your candidates will get the best possible version of you at every recruiting touchpoint.
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