Simplify the Hiring Process with Video Interviews

November 1, 2017 Jade Hill

Finding the perfect new employee for your organization can take weeks, or even months. It takes time to create the job description, post it on job boards and then filter through the hundreds of resumes to ensure that you pick quality candidates for first-round phone interviews. And then, it takes time to interview each candidate, discover their strengths and weaknesses, and then invite them on-site for in-person interviews with the team. In fact, the average interview process takes nearly 24 days in the United States, and even longer in other places around the globe. 

Making sure you pick the best candidate team for the team also means that multiple people must take time out of their schedule to meet with the candidate, show them around the office and perhaps even take them out to lunch. All of a sudden, you’ve lost hours and hours of productivity and a couple hundred dollars and you still haven’t found the right person for the role. Video gives us a better way.

Video & First Round Interviews

Video Interview on TabletFirst round interviews are typically held over the phone, but incorporating video can provide a better experience for both interviewer and interviewee. Building rapport over the phone can oftentimes be difficult, but seeing one another face-to-face allows for a more natural conversation. It also provides more insight into candidate behavior, as interviewers can see if candidates fidget frequently or avoid eye contact while answering questions. While a telephone interview gives you the basic knowledge to determine if a candidate is worthy of moving to the next step, a video interview gives you more information about how they may interact with the rest of the hiring team.

Video & Second Round Interviews

Once candidates have completed their interviews with HR, they are oftentimes moved to the next round to interview with the department manager. Depending on the company, this round may also be done via phone, or may be completed in-person. But here again, video can provide a solution. 

Video interviews can often be scheduled more quickly than in-person interviews, allowing companies to find new employees faster. Plus, with the ability to look candidates in the eye and build instant report, it provides nearly the same experience as a face-to-face interview, without having to worry about taking multiple days to meet individually with each candidate. As a result, managers can be certain that candidates have the knowledge needed for the position, without wasting time bringing unqualified candidates into the office. In essence, video interviews at this step ensure that all quality candidates get the opportunity to interview, but that only the best candidates move on to the final round.

Video & Final Interviews

Once candidates reach the final round, there is likely to be an on-site interview. But what happens when the position is remote, or when the candidate is relocating from another city or country? Once again, video can be the answer you need. Using a video meeting, candidates can speak with any number of employees spread throughout the globe, or with a conference room solution, candidates can talk to entire teams as though they were speaking to an in-person panel. And once they get to this stage, candidates can use video to ensure that they are still interested in the company by judging the body language of the team and how passionately they speak about their work.

Moving Video Into Human Resources

Human resources is really about people and how to do what is best for both the employees and the company. In many cases, video solves the pain points of the interview process for current and prospective employees alike. The right video solution can save hours of time, hundreds of dollars (even thousands if factoring in travel costs), and increase happiness for all those invested in finding the right candidate.

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About the Author

Jade Hill

Jade Hill is the Content Marketing Manager at BlueJeans and runs the BlueJeans Resource Hub. She graduated from the University of Chicago and spent years working in higher education before transitioning to the world of digital marketing. When not writing blog posts or customer stories, Jade enjoys hiking with her dogs, reading, and exploring the California coast.

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