Get Ready for Your Close-Up: Your Next Job Interview Probably Won't Be in Person

By Brittany Ballenstedt

July 29, 2013

Video interviews are becoming more common, particularly as hiring managers and recruiters look to save money and reduce the time spent to fill positions, new research suggests.

Mashable reports on a new infographic by PGi, which cites recent research that found the use of video interviews has increased 49 percent since 2011, with six out of 10 human resources managers using video to interview job candidates.

Surprisingly, the majority of job candidates (66 percent) prefer to use video during the interview process, particularly as doing so allows them to choose a time that suits them (36 percent), avoid travel (21 percent), gain face-to-face experience online (20 percent) and experience convenience (18 percent).

Most hiring managers also touted the top benefits of video interviews as reducing their time spent to fill positions (88 percent), saving them money (85 percent), and ease of use (76 percent).

Still, the rise in video interviews may cause job candidates and hiring managers to think about more than just content and attire, according to the research. Job candidates, example, should test their technology and practice beforehand, adjust their webcam to show their mid-torso to the top of head and test the background and lighting to ensure it is not distracting or cluttered.

Have you or your agency participated in video interviews? What are the pros/cons of conducting interviews virtually? 


By Brittany Ballenstedt

July 29, 2013

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