Video Interviewing - February 2019

Love it or hate it video interviewing is here to stay and we need to embrace it. Why? – because it makes both commercial and common sense.

Don’t get me wrong, you can never beat a face-to-face meeting, however for an initial introductory meeting many companies advocate video interviewing as it is highly cost effective, saves time and can open an opportunity up to a wider pool of candidates.

In summary video interviews enable companies to assess candidates much quicker and from any location without the need to arrange physical meetings. It also means that they do not need to go through the extended meet and greet pleasantries for the initial meeting. Whilst candidates might not like the sound of that, ultimately it means that both parties are not wasting their time or money on attending unnecessary meetings. It also opens the door up for additional candidates to be assessed that might not have been considered if it was a face-to-face meeting. Candidates can also be interviewed from the comfort of their own home and often at a time that better suits them.

When you see the benefits of video interviewing, it is no surprise that companies are pushing hard to use this technology however it is taking time for candidates to fully embrace it as a way to promote themselves. The reason can be put down to fear of the unknown and a desire for a more personal approach to meetings however there is also a psychological reason in that human beings rely heavily on their six senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch and extrasensory perception). Video interviewing only uses two of these (sight and hearing) which can leave some people feeling a bit uncomfortable. However, to put it into perspective, 200 years ago everyone thought the same about telephones and I would be surprised to find anyone who does not now use a telephone.

With predictions that 2019 will see video representing 80% of all internet traffic anyone that thinks they don’t want to get on the video interview wagon really should think again because pretty soon they won’t have any choice. In our experience it is like anything new – at the beginning it might feel a little bit awkward or strange but then it becomes second nature and you wonder what all the fuss was about.

So our recommendation is to embrace it and, if you are one of those that feels uncomfortable about video interviewing, to spend some time producing videos of yourself to develop your online presentation skills. To assist you with this I have attached our top tips for video interviewing which I hope you find useful.