Have you ever heard this quote from Wayne Gretzky, the greatest hockey player to ever smack the puck? “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.” This means Wayne anticipated where on the ice the puck would be hit so that he could be in position to take advantage of its arrival.
If you are still using phone screens in your hiring process may I suggest you not only are skating to where the puck has been but you are also a whole period too late. Phone screens not only delay the hiring process with built in scheduling hassles, they are less revealing than video interviewing and are not as easily compared to one another.
In recent years critics of video interviewing pointed out that technology had not yet advanced enough to support a consistently reliable interviewing solution so why bother. As recently as five years ago I would have agreed with them but that didn’t stop us from pushing forward. I began using video conferencing in 2000 on a dial-up connection of all things. From my perspective, twelve years later, I couldn’t be happier with the advancements we’ve made, but if you’re still not convinced video interviewing is ready for prime time I’ll share with you a few facts.
- As of 2011 79% of laptops have a webcam – PC World
- As of 2011 83% of college students own a laptop – Student Monitor
- The average fixed broad band speed will increase from 9Mbs in 2011 to 34Mbs in 2016. – Cisco
- By 2016 over half of the world’s internet traffic is expected to come from Wi-Fi connections – Cisco
- Globally the number of internet video users will increase from 792 million in 2011 to 1.5 billion in 2016 – Cisco
- By 2016 833 days worth of video will travel the internet every second – Cisco
What do these statistics tell us?
- First, webcams are now everywhere. If you don’t have one then someone you know does.
- Second, the current broadband speed can easily handle video interviewing but with the nearly four fold increase in speed we can expect to see even higher quality video in the future.
- Third, Wi-Fi connections are more readily available so unless you currently live in a cave you can easily find a location that provides it.
- Lastly, video is the new medium. Pictures are worth a thousand words and video is worth a million. Everyone wants video even in the hiring process. Give it to them!
So are you an early adopter or are you still searching for the puck after everyone else has gone home? Hey, if you see a Zamboni machine out there then the game is already over!