Introduction


With today’s technological advancements it is no longer necessary to schedule your face to face interviews based on a candidate’s CV alone. More and more businesses are adding in an additional round of screening, such as video interview to help narrow the talent pool and improve the quality of candidate reaching the next stage.

More than 6 out of 10 businesses in the US have integrated video interview into their recruitment process, and whilst the UK is currently some way behind on this trend, it is quickly catching up.

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But what is video interview and why can’t you just use video conferencing, such as Skype?

The use of Skype in the selection process will certainly help to fine tune your shortlist of candidates and ensure that those invited for face to face interview have great potential to be your next employee.

However, using an online 2-way process, such as Skype, for interview comes with its own set of challenges. Non-scheduled video interview overcomes each and every one, making the process of video screening much more productive.

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Skype

As a 2-way ‘live’ process Skype requires that both the interviewer and the interviewee have consistently fast broadband speeds. Skype’s recommended broadband speed for a video call is 1.5mbps, rising to 4mbps if 5 parties are involved (this could be the case if you’re interviewing by panel). This may not be a problem from most people in urban locations, but candidates in rural areas may struggle to get sufficient speeds.
Consider for a moment that your candidate is in India, where 76% of all households still experience upload speeds of less than 4mbps. Your interview is not going to be a positive experience for either of you if the video is low quality.

Video Interviewing

Since asynchronous video interview is not live it requires very little bandwidth. The questions are added whilst using the internet, which will require no more bandwidth than general browsing.
When the candidate records their video responses they will begin to upload in the background, meaning that any interruption to the connection will not interrupt the video recording.
Again, when you come to review the responses there is no need to download them, simply play them from the application. This means it won’t need a huge bandwidth or data requirement.

Skype

As with a regular face to face interview, a Skype interview has to be booked into everyone’s schedules. This can prove difficult enough when you’re busy and your candidate is already working elsewhere, but factor in a panel of interviewers and it becomes a lot more complex.
Add in a different time zone and it’s near impossible to get everyone together at the same time.

Video Interviewing

Unlike any video conferencing application video interview requires no scheduling, on your part or your candidates’.
Simply set up the role, add the questions and invite your candidates. That is then your part done, until you receive responses to review.
Each candidate will receive an email invite with a link to download an iOS or Android app (or a link to access via the web) and a personal invite code. Once downloaded they can prepare for and complete the interview in their own time, saving them from having to take time off work for a first stage telephone interview – something they will be grateful for.
You can then review the responses as they come in, or all at once – whatever suits you.

Skype

Using Skype on a smartphone or tablet will significantly drain the device’s battery. Even just having the app on the device running in the background can use up battery power.

Video Interviewing

Unlike Skype, recorded video interview won’t continue to run any processes in the background after the videos have been uploaded, which means it won’t use any battery power when it’s not in use.
Even when the app is in use, because it is not a ‘live feed’ it does not require anything like the level of power required by Skype.

Skype

Unless you download additional software to record your Skype calls you have no way of reviewing candidates’ answers at a later date, or return to refresh your memory.  Neither can you share the interview with anyone who wasn’t available at the time, for a second opinion.

Video Interviewing

You can return to an interview at any time. All video responses are stored indefinitely (so long as your subscription remains active), so you can replay and review as many times as you like.
You can even score each answer and record notes against the candidate.
Your colleagues can login with their own user IDs and view candidates’ responses in just the same way. They can also add their scores, averaging them out to give you an overall score for each candidate.

Shine Interview offers the next generation of video interview software. Built with future proof technology and accessed via the web or app, there is no need for any clunky installations.
You can have the benefit of that initial first impression ahead of a face to face interview, without the need for blocking out your diary or asking your candidates to take time off from work.
Shine has been built for usability – from its global accessibility and easy collaboration to the free app, which takes your candidates step by step through the process, we’re confident you and all your prospective candidates will find it easy to use.