By: Robert Petti
Do you hate seeing yourself in home movies? Would rather not listen to your voicemail greeting after you record it? Chances are, if this sounds like you, recording video interview questions for a potential employer won’t rank high on your list of things you enjoy doing either.
You’re not alone. Science demonstrates our voices sound differently when recorded because of how sound is carried when we speak. When we hear a recording, it sounds weird because we are so used to hearing our own version of ourselves every day. While your own voice may sound quite odd to you, it is perception and anxiety that create these feelings.
You might wonder: If so many people feel this way, why would any recruiter want to use a recorded video interview?
Video interviews allow employers to screen a larger number of candidates in a more efficient way by gathering more details about a candidate during the initial screening. Interview questions are usually tailored to each specific position the company has available. With life’s crazy schedules — and the fact that many candidates are often looking for jobs while still employed — recording video interviews for recruiters can be a win-win for both sides of the equation!
What’s in it for the employer?
- Access to a larger volume of candidates
- No scheduling conflicts
- Reduced initial expenses — such as traveling or time with unqualified candidates — for first round screens
- Creates greater standardization among interview questions and is EEOC compliant
- Allows multiple people in the organization to review the candidate before face-to-face interviews allowing for broader range of opinions
- Recruiters can watch the video multiple times
- Speed (videos are not as long as a full interview)
- Ability to gauge cultural fit
What’s in it for the candidate?
- No sneaking out of work for an interview
- No need to travel
- Allows a candidate to demonstrate their professionalism and energy more effectively than with telephone interviews alone
- Increased likelihood of being screened as employer may screen more candidates virtually than they would in-person
- Minimizes inconsistencies between interviews due to the interviewer such as: “having a bad day,” running late for another meeting, getting interrupted by colleagues
- Have you participated in a recorded video interview before? What did you think?