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Discover This Month – August 2023

Our market insight this month is focused on shedding light on the trend of video interviews and modern hiring practices, which have become integral to the recruitment landscape and are here to stay. As the world continues to evolve, so do the ways we connect and interact, and video interviews are no exception. They offer unparalleled convenience for both employers and candidates, making the hiring process more efficient, accessible, and inclusive.

In this market report, we’ll explore the enduring benefits of video interviews and provide essential tips to help you conduct successful remote interviews allowing you to conduct more interviews at a time that suits both parties.  

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Why video interviews work

The Appeal of Video Interviews:

  • Convenience and Time Efficiency: Video interviews eliminate the need for time-consuming travel arrangements, making it easier for candidates to participate in the hiring process, especially if they are currently employed and need to participate after hours. This also assists them with keeping the interview confidential.  Employers, too, can save valuable time by conducting interviews remotely without compromising the quality of the evaluation process.
  • Access to Diverse Talent: By embracing video interviews, you can reach and assess candidates from various locations and backgrounds, widening your talent pool. You are no longer confined to the local area.  If the role is hybrid of course location is a consideration but for remote work location, this is irrelevant. This inclusivity fosters diversity within your organisation, bringing fresh perspectives and enhancing innovation. It also considerably adds to your employer brand, keeping you in line with one of the key things candidates are looking for in a new role.
  • Adaptability to Remote Work: Video interviews reflect the adaptability and flexibility required in today’s remote work environment. Candidates who excel in virtual interviews demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in a digital setting, an essential skill for remote collaboration.
  • Improved Candidate Experience: Candidates appreciate the convenience of video interviews, allowing them to showcase their skills and qualifications comfortably from their own environment. A positive candidate experience especially in the beginning can enhance your employer brand and attract top talent.
  • Improved Collaboration: Hiring managers and team members can easily participate in video interviews from different locations. This promotes collaboration in the hiring process, as multiple stakeholders can assess candidates together.
  • Reduces Bias: Video interviews can help reduce unconscious bias by focusing on skills and qualifications rather than superficial attributes. This promotes a fair and inclusive hiring process.
  • Record Keeping and Review: Recorded video interviews allow employers to review and analyse candidate responses at their convenience. This provides valuable insights when making hiring decisions or sharing feedback with the team. Note: make sure you have permission from all parties before anything is recorded.

Conducting Remote Interviews

Tips for Conducting Remote Interviews:

  • Choose the Right Platform: Select a reliable video conferencing platform that aligns with your company’s needs and offers smooth connectivity. Provide clear instructions to candidates on how to access the interview.
  • Test Technology in Advance: Before the interview, conduct a test run of your equipment to ensure everything is functioning correctly. This ensures a seamless experience and avoids technical hiccups during the interview.
  • Establish a Professional Environment: Conduct video interviews in a quiet and well-lit space, with a neutral background to maintain a professional atmosphere. Minimise distractions to focus on the candidate’s responses.
  • Communicate Clearly: Clearly communicate the interview format and expectations to candidates in advance. Provide information about the interview structure, estimated duration, and any specific requirements.
  • Build Rapport: Begin the interview with a warm and friendly introduction to help candidates feel at ease. Establishing rapport contributes to a more authentic and insightful interview experience.
  • Active Listening: Pay close attention to candidates’ responses, facial expressions, and body language during video interviews. Active listening allows you to gauge their suitability for the role and company culture.
  • Ask Behavioral Questions: Use behavioural-based questions to gain insights into a candidate’s problem-solving abilities, teamwork skills, and past experiences relevant to the role.
  • Record the Interview (with Consent): Seek consent to record the interview for review and comparison purposes. This helps ensure a fair assessment and enables further evaluation when making hiring decisions.

Message from the CEO

The world of recruitment is ever-evolving, and embracing this transformative technology opens doors to a wealth of talent and opportunities like never before. 

Video interviews work wonders, offering unprecedented convenience, global reach, and cost-effectiveness. They can empower your team to collaborate seamlessly, make faster decisions, and ultimately build exceptional teams.

Video interviews are more than just a trend; they are the gateway to a world of talent waiting to be discovered and they are here to stay. Of course, if an in-person face-to-face interview is possible by all means opt for that, especially with a second-round interview.  However, for initial interviews, video is perfect.  

We, at Recruitment Central, understand the critical role these interviews play in securing top-notch candidates for your organisation. Our commitment to staying ahead of the curve allows us to harness the full potential of video interviews and provide you with a bespoke recruitment experience that’s efficient, inclusive, and future-focused.

With our innovative assessment tools and extensive candidate network, we are ready to help you find the people you need. Our team is eager to collaborate with you, ensuring your hiring process is a success.

Step into the future with Recruitment Central, and let us help you build the extraordinary teams your organisation deserves. We have access to passive candidates that are not yet on the market, discuss these options with us whenever you are ready to hire next.




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