I'm sure that you are familiar with Skype and Skype interviews. Hopefully you have also heard of recorded video interviews. Although recorded video interviews and live video interviews sometimes serve a different purpose, they can also act as substitutes. That’s why we want to highlight some key differences between these two.
First, it’s good to remember that recorded video interviews are mainly used as a pre-screening tool, and their purpose is to complement, or in some cases, replace the more traditional formats, such as the cover letter. Recorded video interviews do not try to replace personal interviews, but they can replace live video interviews when live video interviews are used as a pre-screening tool before the face-to-face interviews. Here are some reasons why we think recorded video interviews are a better fit than live video interviews (or phone interviews for that matter) as a pre-screening method.
1. Recorded video interviews save A LOT of time
Recorded video interviews work the following way:
1. Recruiter records a few interview questions
2. Recruiter sends video interview invitations to the selected candidates
3. Candidates answer the video questions
4. Recruiter screens the answers and picks the best candidates for a personal interview
So instead of having several interviews asking the same questions time after time, you are now able to get the same answers in a fraction of the time you would've spent otherwise.
2. You can interview more candidates
Since one more candidate does not mean one more interview session, but merely a couple minutes of video, you’ll have the benefit to invite more candidates! This way you’ll receive more information than before. Statistically, video interviews can save more than 50% of your time! Some candidates that otherwise would be dropped already after CV screening may positively surprise you and maybe even become your new colleagues.
3. It’s convenient
With recorded video interviews you don’t have to worry about schedules. You can record the questions and send out the invitations when it suits you. Same applies to the candidates: they answer the questions when it fits their schedule. For example, if your applicants are already employed, scheduling a live video interview could be difficult (unless you want to steal their lunch break).
4. Introducing candidates to your colleagues is simple
Having a live video interview with several interviewers will get messy. With recorded video interviews the candidates’ answers will be saved into the tool and can easily be shared to your colleagues or customers. Now you can engage more people to the recruiting process early on. People who have received these introductions can also rate and comment the candidates. Also, the convenience aspect applies to these people as well; they can engage when it fits their schedule.
5. No more unnecessary personal interviews
Having interviewed your candidates through recorded video interviews you have now a broad view of each candidate. You can be quite certain that the person you are going to interview personally is actually someone you consider for the position. When interviewing candidates with live video interviews there are always some people that you quite promptly realize wont fit the position. But you can't really just end the interview right there, can you? With recorded video interviews you’ll be able to quickly identify these cases and only personally interview the best fits.
6. It's good for your employer brand
Most of candidates like recorded video interviews. Don't believe me? See for yourself: Candidate Survey 2019. Using modern tools will let you appear as a modern recruiter and enhance you employer brand. Of course it's always good to remember that every part of the recruiting process is an important part. So remember to communicate with your candidates and have a candidate-first mindset. If you are interested to read more about employer brand and how to develop it, click here. Start using recorded video interviews with RecRight!