Below we will show you some upsides & downsides of a video interview to help your understanding & preparation!
• Modernity – As technology and society evolves, so does the way we conduct aspects of our lives and careers. Video interviews can help employers identify not only tech savvy individuals but also individuals who could be of benefit in the future.
• Time Savings – This type of interview can make the hiring process faster saving companies & job seekers time waiting in the job process. Interviews can be scheduled and conducted faster & easier making the wait for positions to be filled vastly reduced.
• Convenient – It can be convenient for individuals who are currently employed as they do not have to miss work for the job interview as they can arrange a convenient time. It can also be help recruitment agencies/companies arrange more convenient times to conduct interviews causing those fewer disruptions.
• Distance – Video interviews can enable candidates to be interviewed for positions much further away and also businesses to also screen candidates from a much larger area without costing either much in money, effort & time.
• Lag Time – Technology can have its disadvantages and one of those with regards to video interviews is that at times, the signal can lag. This means there can be delays in receiving the audio & visual of the interview. Sometimes individuals can interrupt each other or if the lag is too long, cut the transmission off. It’s important to be aware of this aspect so you can manage it better if it happens to you.
• Lighting – This is more for the interview candidates as a lot have issues getting the right background and camera lighting. They can end up either looking a strange colour to the interviewer or too bright that the candidate can’t be seen.
• Connectivity – No matter how strong your broadband speed is, there can always be issues with the connection along the route to the other side. The connections are not always strong making either picture or audio very difficult.
• Performance Pressure – Some job candidates can find this method of interviewing harder to perform well in. They can find it harder to think as they feel they can’t look away from the camera or even blink making them not sell themselves well. They focus too much on the camera and that pressure affects their performance.
• Learning Curve – Both employers & job candidates can find getting to grips with this style of interview very difficult. For a lot, it can take them a long time for them to get to grips with how to look on the camera, sound and even behave. This learning curve can cost job candidates a lot of potential opportunities & affect their confidence/self believe.