Video interviewing is a bit like an emerging artist. It’s misunderstood. People have preconceived ideas of what to expect. But we’re here to smash those misconceptions and uncover the truth about video interviewing.

‘It’s just a Skype call, right?’

Nope. With a one-way video interviewing platform, candidates are invited to record themselves answering questions you set. The

5 common misconceptions about video interviewing

Published by Fidio Team on Monday 7

Video interviewing is a bit like an emerging artist. It’s misunderstood. People have preconceived ideas of what to expect. But we’re here to smash those misconceptions and uncover the truth about video interviewing.

‘It’s just a Skype call, right?’

Nope. With a one-way video interviewing platform, candidates are invited to record themselves answering questions you set. Then you can watch (and rewatch) the responses when it suits you – assessing candidates for cultural fit, personality, and so on – before deciding which candidates to follow up with.

Consider the practical implications of this for a second: there’s no need to coordinate diaries for the first round of interviews, and everyone on the hiring panel can view candidate videos separately. If that doesn’t sound like hiring bliss, we don’t know what does.

‘It’ll scare candidates off.’

Assume candidates won’t want to do video interviews? Perhaps, if you’re hiring cave dwellers. Everyone else, however, is well and truly comfortable with video. With more than 500 hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every minute,[i] and 500 million people watching videos on Facebook every day,[ii] video is more accessible and more popular than ever before. And that’s as true for teenagers as it is for senior professionals.

Far from putting people off, video interviewing knocks down boundaries and ignites interest. It’s convenient, too, since all candidates need to take part is their phone or laptop. It’s no wonder, then, that the candidate response rate across Fidio’s video interviewing platform is over 90%.

‘It’s not right for our industry.’

A common response to video interviewing is that it sounds great, but won’t work for more traditional industries. But in this fast-moving age can any industry afford not to innovate?

Embracing new technology and innovating key business processes – including recruitment – is the new norm. As employers look for ways to boost productivity and performance, any tool that helps hirers reach great candidates more quickly and easily has universal appeal, across all industries.

‘It’s a way of screening and discriminating against candidates.’

As a tool, video interviewing isn’t biased. Like any technology, it’s how you use it that matters. Used properly, video interviewing can actually help reduce the risk of unintentionally discriminating against candidates, particularly when it comes to asking subjective, off-the-cuff questions that aren’t appropriate or relevant.

One of the many great things about video interviewing is the questions are fixed in advance and consistent for all candidates. It can also make the hiring process easier and more inclusive for candidates with disabilities or those with childcare responsibilities.

‘It sounds like a bit of a faff.’

What, like pulling in 10 candidates for first interviews, coordinating diaries, spending an hour with someone when you knew in the first five minutes they weren’t the right fit? We beg to differ.

With video interviewing, candidates record a short video of around five minutes, answering a few key questions. (And as any interviewer knows, you can tell a lot about a person in five minutes.) You then assess the responses, and decide which candidates you want to meet face-to-face, meaning you spend your precious time on the most suitable candidates only. Adios, faffing, we never liked you anyway.

At Fidio, we’re here to answer all your probing questions about video interviewing, and help you separate the facts from the hype. Drop us a line today.

[i] Source: https://www.tubefilter.com/2019/05/07/number-hours-video-uploaded-to-youtube-per-minute/

[ii] Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewarnold/2018/09/26/facebook-now-dominates-youtube-for-video-content-heres-how-brands-should-respond/#2c3ae3ad1cc0

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