5 Things You can Learn about your Candidates with Video Interviewing

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By now, especially if you’ve had the good fortune to read my past posts, you should know that video interviewing is a technology gaining rapid acceptance in the hiring world for its ability to help organizations make better hires.  If you have any questions on how this is done please read 10 Reasons to Use Video Interviewing in 2012.

As a repeated user of video interviewing myself I look forward to reviewing a candidate’s video because, more so than a phone screen, I get so much better insight into the person behind the resume.  Here are five things video interviewing reveals about candidates which you may not have considered.

  1. Your candidate is unprofessional –  Candidates conducting online interviews should do so as though they are sitting in an office with the hiring manager.  That means dressing professionally!  So imagine my surprise when on my screen appeared a young man wearing a white “wife beater” t-shirt.  In the background I could easily see his bed on which sat his sheets knotted into a ball.  I’m almost surprised he didn’t conduct the interview by black light with a pot leaf poster glowing on his wall!
  2. Your candidate is boring – Yes, I know that’s not nice but stellar experience and education on paper does not guarantee exuberance and enthusiasm.  I have cringed and banged my head on the desk at times after reviewing a candidate’s particularly long winded and monotone response.
  3. Your candidate is ugly – “I can’t believe you just went there, Ryder!”  Well yes I did and most of the time appearance shouldn’t matter unless you’re hiring for a position in which it does.  You retail managers know about what I’m talking, wink, wink.  You don’t want to admit it but you understand when it comes to selling certain items like lingerie or fitness equipment for example that the salesperson’s appearance is very important.  Brittany Goodbody might sound sexy on the phone but wait until you see her video!  Think “Sloth” from the Goonies.
  4. Sajeed Mirhambrakadarvenkatil speaks perfect English! – Most people believe video interviewing eliminates candidates but it helps screen them in also.  Candidates from foreign countries often speak inadequate English. Video interviewing, however, often reveals that not only can your foreign candidate speak perfect English but since the written questions are provided onscreen, you can also determine if they can adequately read English.  This helps you to screen in qualified candidates you might otherwise have screened out after glancing at their name or nationality.  Video helps to eliminate many of the preconceived biases we form in our mind when dealing with other ethnicities.
  5. Apparently clothing is optional –  This should fall under point number one but this is too funny not to mention on its own.  I’m reviewing earlier in the week a candidate’s video.  I click question #1 to review the candidate’s first response and staring into the camera is a guy wearing no shirt.  “Wow!” I thought.  Then when the guy realized that he should probably be dressed he turns and rummages through his closet for a shirt to wear.  Thank goodness the camera caught only so much because I’m pretty sure he was naked from the waist down as well.  I would say mooning the hiring manager is not a best practice.

There you go.  Five things you probably didn’t realize you could learn about a candidate prior to the face-to-face interview.  Frankly I think investing in a video interviewing solution would be worth it just to see if your candidates show up naked.

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