The picture in your mind of a job interview has the candidate on one side of a desk and the hiring manager on the other side in an office with the door closed. But that picture is changing.
More than 60% of human resource managers and recruiters conduct job interviews via video especially for remote jobs according to a 2012 OfficeTeam survey. This is up from 14% in 2011.
Here are a few reasons for this big increase in video interviewing:
- It saves the cost of flying a candidate across country for an exploratory interview.
- It saves time. You can schedule an interview in a specific time frame without worrying about wining and dining someone about whom you are not serious yet.
- The interview team can be scattered. It is easier to gather together an interview team from across the country via video rather than incurring the time and travel to meet in one location.
- Technology is inexpensive and readily available. Most people have video cameras built into their computers or cell phones making it easy to arrange for video job interviews. Candidates can interview easily without even leaving their homes so interviews can be scheduled when it is convenient for both companies and candidates.
- Less expensive. With home based equipment we no longer have to visit expensive video conferencing centers to arrange for video interviews.
- It allows hiring managers to see the person’s dress, appearance and body language. Interviews can be recorded and shared with other managers to compare candidates. It also allows the candidate to see and react to the interviewers’ body language in a way that telephone interviews don’t offer.
- Younger people see video interviewing as very forward thinking and advanced.
- Sometimes video job interviews are one way. The company can record the questions they want candidates to answer. The candidates record the answers to the questions at their leisure and send the recording back to the company for consideration. This is an excellent opportunity to prepare in advance to show yourself at your best advantage.
According to a 2015 survey by Software Advice, candidates and interviewers with experience using video interviewing prefer this method over phone interviews.
Don’t let the ease of arranging video interviews lull you into a false sense of security. This is still an interview. Every interview requires preparation, including video interviews.
Recently I was asked to be on a panel of career experts for “How to succeed at a phone or video interview – live chat“. To find out more about this live chat click here.
Later this week, in Part 2 of this series on video interviewing, we will consider some ways to prepare for video interviews. Video interviewing is powerful. Be prepared and you can control the situation to your advantage.