5 Reasons Why Digital Interviewing Will be the Standard

Interactions among friends, family, and businesses are occurring more and more by video. Digital interviewing has been quietly taking over the talent acquisition process of startups and Fortune 500 companies alike.

Technology has caught up to digital interviewing

Digital interviewing, as an idea, has been around for several years. It’s starting to take hold now because technology is catching up to it.

Technology is no longer a barrier to the candidate’s ability to participate in a digital interview. Just about every laptop produced today has a webcam. According to comScore, smartphone penetration has surpassed 50% in the US, with the majority having front-facing cameras.

Digital interviewing makes too much business sense

You can do 15 digital interviews in an hour rather than 2 live interviews. The productivity gains are astronomical. Also, with the ability to share recorded interviews with hiring managers, you can quickly get your list of finalists down to a smaller number without having to physically interview every person.

Quality of hire improves and its better for the candidate

Digital interviewing allows you to consider more people for a job and spend less time on the hiring process. The quality of hire improves because more candidates are given a chance to tell their story rather than being screened out by their resume early in the process. It’s entirely possible that we’re approaching a time when video will replace the resume.

Increasingly mobile world

The proliferation of cloud-based services has made a remote workforce a viable business strategy and a potential competitive advantage. In an ideal world, we would recruit talent from all over the globe. If you’re limited to hiring people who live within a 30 mile radius of your office then your performance potential is limited by the talent living within that radius

Text resumes are becoming a thing of the past

Somehow, resumes have remained the foundation of the recruitment process. Yet, candidates and recruiters know resumes get boring. They are boring to read and boring to write. Additionally, resumes do not adequately represent a person’s career or ability. Only in rare instances do bullet points communicate who a candidate is vs. what they accomplished.

Digital interviewing brings a human element to the forefront of hiring. Now is a great time to communicate with candidates via video. Doing so will fit with your candidates’ lifestyles and help you cut costs.

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Comment by Recruiting Animal on April 29, 2013 at 12:14pm

The site you sent us to has a pretty good explanation of digital interviewing. You supply questions that the candidate answers in writing or via phone or by video.

This is only good for initial screens however because you can't ask any follow up questions.

Comment by Bill on April 29, 2013 at 4:09pm

@Recruiting Animal. You are absolutely correct that pre-recorded interviews can only take you so far in the process because you can't dive as deep with a candidate as you could in a live interview. Live video interviews however, are increasingly being used in lieu of a face to face interview for remote positions, especially lower and mid-level jobs. The economic and time benefits to this are tremendous and hiring managers are starting to become comfortable making hiring decisions based on two-way video interaction. Digital interviews will never completely replace live interviews, but they will become a standard component to the larger interview process.


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