The hiring process is necessary for every company at some point in their business operations. Hiring managers are looking for talented individuals to add value to the company, and the process could look different for every company. It also depends on the types of positions you want to fill and the type of personality you want on the team. You can read more about the hiring process at our other blogs.
Traditional interviews are too time-consuming, inefficient, and costly. To find the best candidates from a pile of resumes, there’s a lot of manual labor involved. Hiring managers won’t be able to focus on other HR functions and will have to spend most of their time sifting through the hundreds of resumes, searching for the select few who seem to be a fit. Then they would have to conduct interviews with every one of these candidates, sometimes even multiple times, to end up with the best candidate.
Instead of real-time interviews at the top of the hiring funnel, many managers are now choosing to switch over to asynchronous video interviews (AVI) as a more effective way to shortlist the quality candidates that they truly want to interview. This switch to AVIs is not only convenient for hiring managers, but is also convenient for candidates as well. There is flexibility of time and location, and candidates don’t need to worry about the logistics of being unable to reach the office.
What are Asynchronous Video Interviews?
Asynchronous video interviews are interviews that take place over the internet. There is no real-time conversation and candidates simply record their answers for the hiring managers to view later. Hiring managers choose a set of questions for every candidate to answer, and depending on the program that they conducted this AVI with, candidates either read or listen to the questions. They then have a set time limit to think up a response, which will be recorded through the webcam and microphone and saved to their user profile. The AI then scores their answers accurately and without bias, before ranking their profiles based on score. Afterwards, the hiring manager can view the interviews. This process is facilitated by AI so that the hiring managers can view the best candidates before moving down the ranking.
Using AVIs to conduct interviews instead of having candidates have in-person interviews is more convenient and a simpler way of moving on with the hiring procedure. Candidates are more comfortable speaking about themselves in the comforts of their own home and they don’t need to worry about freezing up under the stress of answering surprise questions in real time.
Video Interviews Allow Flexibility
There are many remote and hybrid positions in companies nowadays, which makes it more difficult to arrange meetings or times to convey important information. This problem is prevalent in teams where employees are located in different geographical locations and time zones. Using AVIs, employees will be able to receive information from anywhere they are in the world.
Employees also have a specific time of day when they are most busy or most productive. By stopping whatever they are doing to attend a meeting, it will lessen their efficiency by taking them out of their work flow. Then after the meeting, they will have to spend time refocusing and getting back into the zone, which wastes unnecessary time.
Increased Objectivity in Hiring
All candidates answer the same set of questions, so hiring managers need to select the best questions to ask the candidates. Otherwise, hiring managers and candidates would waste their time reviewing and recording the interviews. These responses are also all on the same software, so hiring managers would be more objective when comparing the responses.
Human biases are also not as prominent since interviewers won’t have the chance to be biased towards certain candidates based on small talk. If they were interviewing in real time, they might find that they have similar hobbies and would become more subjective. Even if the interviewer underwent implicit bias training and understands the importance of objectivity, it is extremely difficult to catch your own subjectivity in real practice.
A More Engaging Way of Hiring
Video Interviewing is a better way of interviewing candidates compared to simply comparing resumes or phone interviews. When watching a video, you are able to see the body language and can catch visual clues you otherwise would miss. Nonverbal cues are important because it provides valuable information about a candidate’s personality and could ultimately affect the hiring decision.
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Hannah Ng is from Boston College studying Finance and Business Analytics. She is currently an intern for Interviewer.AI.
Besides work, she is also very interested in hair styling and is responsible for her family’s hairstyles as a hobby.