- Aug 04, 2017-


The date and time has been confirmed. You have prepped yourself (or not in some cases), got out your best suit so now all you have to do is make the journey, turn up on time and smash it!


Not anymore. With applications flooding into a highly competitive job market, it’s more crucial than ever to select the best talent from the pool. And since technology is at the forefront of every business, more and more companies are now using video conferencing at the early stages of the recruitment process.


Candidates will at some point have heard the words ‘I can’t put you forward unless I have met with you’ and as recruiters I think we have all asked them to tell a little white lie to their current employer and ask for the morning off to attend that ‘urgent doctor’s appointment’ that they’ve been putting off for so long.


It’s is not always possible for our candidates to take time off at the drop of a hat. And who wouldn’t want to interview in the comfort of their own home in a smart shirt and tracksuit bottoms!?


After all, you don’t have to rely on public transport or spend 20 minutes driving around looking for a parking space and there’s no cost involved.


Video interviewing can be used for screening candidates, interview preparation, employee management, feedback or the interview itself. It’s sometimes convenient for both candidate and client, speeds up the process and allows you to put a face to a name. And even better than that, it can eliminate wasting time on carrying forward unsuitable candidates to the next process or travelling half way across the country for a company you have decided isn’t right for you.


But what are the cons??? While we are a nation of selfie perfectionists, there are still some that are camera shy. You might feel like you are being judged on screen and conscious of how you come across. ‘Do I look fat in this?’ ‘The lighting is making me look really pale’ ‘How should I sit?’ There could be a poor connection causing lagging, leading you to talk over each other, lots of unfinished sentences and awkward pauses completely throwing you off track and forgetting your trail of thought. And to top it off, someone bursts through the living room door completely unaware that this could be your potential new employer and starts waving at them from a distance.


It’s a topic that has got people divided on its future. Just like every other technology throughout history there will be no single winner. Is video conferencing here to stay or will it pass?

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