More and more companies are using video interviews in the hiring process. John Schoen of CNBC reports, “In a survey of more than 500 hiring managers at companies with more than 20 employees, OfficeTeam found that 63 percent said their company often uses videoconferencing for job interviews.” His article talks about many of the reasons companies use this technology and what their experience has been, along with some tips for conducting successful interviews.
While undoubtedly convenient, fast and economical, not everyone is a fan of the video job interview. Last year, a study showed that video conferencing for job interviews disadvantages both employers and candidates. “In simulated job interviews, candidates who were interviewed by video-conferencing were rated lower by interviewers and were less likely to be recommended for hiring. On the other side of the webcam, candidates also rated their interviewers as less attractive, personable, trustworthy and competent.” These researchers recommended using video conferencing as an initial screening but using face-to-face interviews for final selection. They offer 10 tips for using video conferencing effectively.
Last week, Reuben Yonatan of GetVOIP offered an article on Video Interview Tips From the HR Experts. In this posting, nine expert HR and recruitment specialists weigh in on 5 key questions:

  • What are your best tips for interviewers conducting a video interview?
  • What are your best tips for interviewees during a video interview?
  • What are some of the biggest advantages and disadvantages of video interviewing for employers?
  • What are some of the biggest advantages and disadvantages of video interviewing for the candidate?
  • Is there a specific video conferencing tool that you prefer or can recommend? ex: Google Hangouts, Skype, etc.

For additional perspective, Emily Bennington of Monster.com offers a video and transcript of tips on how to prepare for and conduct a video interview.


Prior related blog posts
Interview question-palooza
Social Media: Your “Keep Out of Court” Kit for the Hiring Process
Bad hires can be costly – do you check references?
In the “What were they thinking” department: Job interviews run amuck
Hiring Managers Share Tales of Memorable Resumes
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