Most of the positive social chatter about video interviewing comes from the video interviewing vendors while most of the negative chatter comes from those who don’t want to change their hiring process. As someone who has worked closely with video interviewing on both the development and recruiter side, I’m going to give you 5 real life instances of how video interviewing helped save someone in the hiring process.
1. A Virginia-based recruiter looking for engineers for a Romanian based company asked an engineer working on an oil rig in the North Sea to complete a virtual interview.
How this saved the day – The oil rig engineer was able to complete the interview late at night despite his 16 hour work shift. Additionally because he was in the middle of a three week rotation he could get in front of the employer quickly without having to wait to return to the mainland. The recruiter benefited because they supplied a candidate quickly to the hiring manager who resided on another continent. The hiring manager benefitted because they could make a quick go/no-go decision after viewing the video and forgo the nightmare of trying to schedule a phone screen.
2. A candidate applying for a position with an apartment leasing company is asked to complete a virtual interview. The candidate appears on screen in an unflattering, unprofessional undershirt while sitting on the corner of his unmade bed.
How this saved the day – The Hiring manager saved time by not interviewing in-person an unprofessional candidate not right for their company culture.
3. A recent college graduate looking for a new job is given the opportunity to complete a mock video interview which she can then send to employers with her resume to enhance her application. One of the companies who received her video hired her without bringing her in for an interview.
How this saved the day – Recent college graduates are struggling to find work and most are accepting opportunities for which a degree is not required. The video interview helped the graduate not only land a job but saved her valuable time and money by not having to travel for multiple interviews. Likewise the hiring manager was able to hire quickly with little burden on their schedule.
4. A regional manager candidate working twelve hour days in Delaware with no time to interview completes a virtual interview at 1:00 a.m. Upon seeing the candidate’s video interview, among others, the Virginia based employer called the candidate immediately to schedule an in-person interview.
How this saved the day – The candidate was able to take an interview at a time of day that worked with his schedule which improved the hiring process for the candidate in addition to expediting it for the employer. The hiring manager had seen enough to know the candidate was a good cultural fit and then felt good about investing the money to bring the candidate in for a face-to-face.
5. A recruiter passed a candidate’s resume to a hiring manager who subsequently dismissed the candidate as being too “senior” for the position. Despite the employer’s rejection, the recruiter had the candidate complete a virtual interview anyway. After showing the candidate’s interview to the hiring manager, the hiring manager reconsidered his position and agreed to bring the candidate in for an interview. The candidate got the job.
How this saved the day – The candidate was screened into the hiring process despite having been originally rejected for criteria not related to skills. The recruiter received a placement and the hiring manager secured a good employee.
Yes, the world is full of video interviewing haters but like Spiderman and the X-Men, not all heroes are understood or completely embraced upon arrival. With each passing day, however, as more and more hiring processes are saved, we see the world growing more tolerant.