Mark Sasson, Sr. Search Consultant at RayboyIS, shares his expertise on current hiring practices used in today’s marketplace:
While many people – including myself – cling to the belief that nothing replaces an in-person meeting, the next best option is a video interview. The majority of candidates I represent are typically home-based and report to managers located hundreds, if not thousands of miles away. That coupled with busy travel schedules on both ends creates logistical nightmares when it comes to lining up in-person interviews. Fortunately, there’s an app for that.
In my tenure as a headhunter in the Cloud/Infrastructure niche, I’ve seen the hottest technologies become commoditized. LinkedIn profiles are quickly replacing resumes and there is a HUGE increase in video interviews, or video chats.
Common Applications for Video Interviewing
A hiring manager may choose to include a video chat in the interview process for a number of purposes:
Getting to know you
Unless it’s overwhelmingly convenient from a location and scheduling standpoint, the first interview is typically an exploratory phone call. Having the opportunity to interact face-to-face on a video chat will always provide greater insight into whether it is worth moving to the next step (for both parties).
This is usually applied to the technical folks that I represent who are asked to present a product demo or POC (Proof of Concept).
Allowing their boss to meet you
Often times there is a requirement (by HR or self-imposed) for VP or C-level approval on hiring. Rather than push out a final interview until the big-wig is available, some of my clients are beginning to rely on video chat to satisfy that requirement sooner.
Replacing the in-person interview completely
“Laying eyes on the candidate” is usually a must. That said, in unique circumstances where timing is an issue, a video chat can replace the in-person meeting completely. I recently made my first hire with a client in that scenario. While I don’t see it becoming a trend in the near future, it can and does occasionally happen.
Trends on Video Interviews
Since starting my recruiting career about five years ago, there has been a consistent increase in the amount of video interviews year over year.
- 2011 less than 20% of the interview processes included a video chat
- 2012 saw a small increase to just under 25%
- 2013 the number shot up to close to 40%
- 2014 about 60% of all our interview processes included a video chat
- To date (as of 6/2015) 75% of the interview processes we are running consist of a video interview
- The marked increase is likely due to a number of factors:
- More tech-savvy hiring managers that are comfortable using the technology
- Higher reliability of Wi-Fi and availability due to smart phones/tablets
- More competitive candidate-driven hiring environment and recognition that “Time Kills All Deals”
- Busier travel schedules
- Our recommendations to clients based on previous success