Businesses could be wasting time and money on unnecessary face-to-face interviews that could be conducted by video.
That’s according to a new study by Foosle that found more than half (55%) have never used video interviewing despite a third describing themselves as tech savvy and 30% using similar technology such as FaceTime and video conferencing.
Alistair Rennie, Managing Director at Foosle, says many businesses have the wrong perception of video interviewing.
“Many businesses see video interviewing as a future technology but in actual fact, it’s here now and can bring real, tangible benefits to the recruitment process whether your businesses is large or small.
“Not only is it a brilliant way to evaluate a group of candidates efficiently, it allows you to see the real person behind their CV to assess things like personality, verbal communication skills and professionalism, without incurring the expense or time waste of inviting unsuitable candidates to a face-to-face interview.”
The research of 1,000 businesses also showed that two thirds of businesses reject between 50-75% of applicants after the first face-to-face interview, which translates to wasted time and contributes to the financial cost of recruitment.
The main barrier for not using video interviewing appears to be awareness with the majority (45%) admitting that they simply have never really thought about it as an option. Only a small number perceive it as being too expensive (4%) or difficult to understand (4%).
Rennie adds that businesses hoping to implement it should not get hung up on the technology aspect of video interviewing.
“Without question the advice I’d give is don’t get caught up in the technology part of it. You can incorporate it into your existing process and do things the same way you would have before but use it as a mechanism to do things with more efficiency and flexibility.
“If you’ve got fairly standard interview questions that you ask on a face-to-face interview, use those in your video interview.”