You have heard all about video interviewing and its potential benefits to your hiring process. You may have read blog posts and reviewed the websites of several vendors trying to get a better sense of what to expect but still are a bit confused. Here is where I break it down for you.
As a user of a video interviewing product you will be given access to a portal from where you can access a number of functionalities. Within most vendor portals you should be able to do the following:
- Access candidate interviews.
- Invite candidates to take live or automated interviews.
- Create custom questions which your candidates will answer.
- Share completed candidate interviews with colleagues or clients.
Eighty percent of your portal usage will either be in setting up candidates or in reviewing and sharing candidate interviews. Video interviewing vendors will each offer their own bells and whistles but the majority, if not all, will offer the basic functionality listed above. Other common features are scoring candidates and the ability to compare interviews of a set of candidates side-by-side.
Inviting candidates to complete a video interview generally takes less than a minute. When you share a completed interview with a colleague or client, they will receive a link to that candidate’s interview. In most cases, videos cannot be downloaded and stored locally. They are hosted in a secure environment on your vendor’s servers.
Vendors are required by U.S. law to store your video interviews for a period of up to one year (and 2 years in California). Even if you cancel your subscription, those interviews should still be available to you.
Job candidates for the most part will receive an email invitation from you to complete a video interview. You may set the expiration date by which it must be completed. Candidates may log in on a computer or on a compatible mobile device. Most vendors provide apps with versions for Android and iOS devices (ipads/iphones).
After logging in, your job candidates will be provided with basic instructions and then will be taken through a brief process that tests your candidate’s camera, speakers and microphone to ensure they are working properly.
Once your candidate begins the interview, the questions generally will appear one at a time on the screen and your candidates will have one chance to answer them before moving to the next question. The length of time your candidates have to respond will depend on the parameters you established when you first setup the interview. Response time may vary from sixty seconds to an unlimited amount. Some vendors provide options that allow candidates to re-answer the question. Once a candidate completes the interview they can log out.
If a candidate is taking part in a live interview with you, they will log in and meet with you online through your vendor’s interface. Once you have concluded asking questions, you and the candidate may exit the interview. Some providers offer the option to record or not record the live interview.
If you have any further questions please ask us. Hire-Intelligence has been a pioneer in the world of video interviewing. We are happy to assist you with your needs.