The Pros and Cons of Video Interviewing

Making interviews more accessible through video interviewing
Making interviews more accessible through video interviewing

Getting to know Video Interviewing

Enter 2017 and we can’t wait talking of what the years ahead hold for us. What we don’t realize that things we have in hand are no less an achievement; to cite, when recruitment started operating as an independent function, no one could have imagined video interviewing a candidate from a remote location. It is indeed incredible!

While we may not elucidate on the fact that when did it occur for the first time, we will be sharing some information on the benefits and drawbacks of applying video interviewing. Also, for our dear readers, who tend to have a time crunch, we have added an infographic at the end of the piece for a quick read.

The need for video interviewing arose because hiring managers realized that a lot of candidates find it hard to be available as per the schedule, owing to issues like busy schedule, remote location etc. Video interview allows the candidate as well as the hiring personnel to see each other virtually and carry out the process, from afar.

Executing video interviews through web platforms like Skype, has its own share of advantages and issues. It is apt to consider the pros & cons of video interviewing before applying the same to one of your requirements.

Why it is good?

  1. Aside a physical one-to-one interaction and telephonic interviews, video interviews are more accommodating.
  2. It saves time for both candidate and hiring team.
  3. Travel expenses and exhaustion are easily avoided.
  4. Candidates who are currently employed need not take day off to attend the process.
  5. The video can be recorded for further assessment/review.
  6. Candidate’s reaction to questions and body language can be captured live and reviewed through re-runs.

While video interviews are fast taking over any traditional mode of interaction with a candidate, it still comes with a few drawbacks. It is then important to know what the drawbacks are, to stay prepared or avoid the reasons behind it.

Skype as a form of video interview
Skype as a form of video interview is popular

The Roadblocks

  1. The first and foremost requirement of setting up a video interview is binding, i.e. to have a computer with webcam and internet.
  2. Network issues and transmission delays may cause interruption in communication.
  3. Candidate may not be comfortable expressing well on camera.
  4. Surrounding light, noise and disturbances may hinder a smooth conversation.
  5. Video interviewing may not be suitable for all levels of hiring positions.

Having cited the above, video interviews still remain a favorable option. The benefits tend to make up for more than the technical drawbacks; most of which can be overcome by practising an adaptable approach. If you are part of a hiring team or a candidate, you will agree that video interviewing is a simple solution that helps ease out and speed up the process of selection. It is found that if one manages to stay well prepared for a video interview, this process turns out to be quite a boon.

As video interviews become a more and more common part of the recruitment process, let’s look at the benefits and drawbacks of video interviews. Check out the SlideShare Infographic: Pros and Cons of Video Interviewing

Infographic: Pros and Cons of Video Interviewing from CareerNet Group

We hope you capture the essence in your next video interview engagement.

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