Everyone and their mother has had to sit through the dreadful job interview process at some point in their lives. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a job seeker or a hiring manager; you’ve surely felt that the entire recruitment process was tedious and dragged on for too long. And to be quite frank, you’d be right.
According to Zety, over half of job candidates have to sit through at least three rounds of interviews before getting a job offer or a rejection. Similarly, the time it takes to get an offer takes over five weeks in more than 57% of cases. These facts stand in stark contrast to the data from the post-World War II era when people had to wait no longer than a week to get an offer.
But is there a way to improve the efficiency of the hiring process for both the interviewer and the interviewees? After all, we’re living in the digital era; technology is advancing at such a rapid pace that it’s hard to keep track of it. Surely there must be something that could help, right?
Yes, there is. Meet asynchronous video interviews!
Asynchronous video, as opposed to synchronous video, is a pre-recorded video that the receiving party may review at a different point when it’s most convenient for them. While synchronous communication takes place in real time (entailing an instant exchange of information), asynchronous leaves plenty of flexibility. Here are a few examples of different types of synchronous and asynchronous communication to better illustrate this:
But how can asynchronous video interviews help streamline the candidate selection process? Let’s find out!
The way potential employers can use asynchronous video to streamline the recruitment process is straightforward. Instead of conducting in-person or live video interviews from the get-go, recruiters could send their candidates a set of interview questions and ask them to partake in a recorded video interview.
But what does that mean? It means that the interviewees will film themselves answering the sent questions, and the hiring managers will be able to review them whenever they find the time. This interviewing process offers much more flexibility for both parties, and it allows recruiters to interview more candidates than their daily schedule would otherwise allow.
According to Career Sidekick, an average job posting gets over 250 resumes, but merely 2%–3% of candidates get called for an interview. But, by utilizing asynchronous video interviews, employers could increase that percentage substantially.
We realize you can’t evaluate a candidate’s experience adequately over a recording, but that is why there are multiple interview rounds in the selection process, so you’d still schedule a live interview later down the line.
Now, let’s underline the benefits asynchronous video brings to the table:
As you can see, there are plenty of upsides to utilizing pre-recorded video interviews in your beginning stages of candidate evaluation. However, there is more to it.
Unfortunately, there are some downsides to asynchronous video interviewing we must also take into account. So let’s take a look at the other side of the coin of the matter at hand:
Hopefully, the points we’ve listed have painted a clear picture of both sides of this novelty interview method. Although there are some irrefutable cons to asynchronous video interviews, we believe the pros outweigh them. However, it is up to you to decide whether this interviewing method is suitable for your business; there’s not much more to it. The technology is there, so all you have to do is make us of it!
Finally, before we sign off, let us offer some advice to all the interviewees out there!
Just like with any other job interview, there are ways to prepare to make sure you’re at your peak performance. You should do the following several things before and during an asynchronous video interview to give yourself the best odds:
With the ever-so-fast technological progress in the world nowadays, we’re bound to take more and more aspects of our everyday lives and jobs to the online realm. Are you, as an employer, ready to take the next step and try asynchronous video interviews? And what about you, job seekers? Are you prepared to face the camera and ace that interview?
We hope you enjoyed our article and found it helpful! If you’re interested in reading more about similar topics, why not check our article on how to improve your company’s internal communications with videos? Or if you’re more into tech stuff, we’re sure you’ll like our post about the future of video technology.
Until next time!