Busting video interviewing myths

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Video interviewing is a term you’ll surely be familiar with by now. Companies specialising in this technological breakthrough seem to cropping up worldwide by the minute. And when you consider the benefits, it’s not difficult to understand why.

But what if you remain unsure or sceptical about it? In this blog we aim to put right some preconceptions of video interviewing… and hopefully, by the end, we’ll have at least another convert on our hands!


MYTH 1: Why not just use a live Skype interview instead?

It’s very important to make the distinction between asynchronous, pre-recorded video interviews and live, two-way Skype-style interviews – and indeed emphasise the advantages of the former.

For a start, because it isn’t live, the candidate can respond to the interview to which they have been invited in their own time, when it is convenient for them. Additionally, because no appointment setting is required, a greater number of candidates can be interviewed. And as the recruiter spends less time on interviewing, they can run more jobs and overall, become more efficient and productive.

MYTH 2: Doesn’t it induce discrimination?

We’ve busted this myth in a previous blog, but it’s worth reiterating. Video interviews do not cause discrimination any more than an in-person discussion would. For a start, if you have an ageist employer or recruiting manager on your hands, all they need to do is check the your date of birth on your CV for them to discard you.

Indeed, rather than causing discrimination, video interviews actually help to eliminate it. Each candidate is asked the same number of questions, meaning questions are not altered to take account of particular discriminatory behaviour. Additionally, the video responses are shared with a team of recruiting managers – so the decision of who to bring forward for interview is not restricted to just one person.

MYTH 3: What if candidates are unfamiliar with the technology?

Most people these days have access to a computer with a webcam, but more importantly, virtually all candidates have either a Smartphone or a tablet – or even all three. Dedicated Apps with intuitive user interfaces guide the candidates through the various steps involved in making a video interview. If you can make a ‘selfie’ on your phone, then you are a good part of the way there to making a compelling video interview.

We hope this blog has put you at ease and helped you bust some of the myths you may have heard. If you want to know more, get in touch with the team at The Needle +44 845 8680100 for more details.