A meteoric rise in video interviewing might be a sign of things to come on the hiring landscape.
Six in 10 (63%) HR pros say their company “somewhat often” or “very often” conducts interviews via video.
Compare that to the paltry 14% who answered the same just one year ago.
Furthermore,13% of companies surveyed said they’ll be conducting “somewhat more” or “significantly more” video interviews in the next three years.
The new research comes from staffing service OfficeTeam, which surveyed 500 HR managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.
3 tips for making it work
With video interviewing gaining steam, here are four tips for making your online chats go just as smoothly as your in-person ones, courtesy of Inc.:
- Take it seriously. Interviewing via video feels different than talking to someone in person, and for anyone who’s ever video-chatted with a friend, the talk can be pretty lax. But as the interviewer, it’s your job to set the example of professionalism. Choose a quiet place, dress the part, and keep the interview pace the same as you would for a regular in-person interview.
- Check your tech. If your video software crashes while you’re trying to talk to that prized candidate, or you can’t figure out how to turn the audio on, it’s going to reflect poorly on you and your company. Familiarize yourself with the software beforehand. If necessary, reach out to someone in IT to see if they can give you a crash course on how to use it.
- Recording the interview, if possible. Some video chat programs allow you to record the conversation, which, as an alternative to sharing a boatload of notes with your colleagues, might be a better option. Plus, if you’re planning on circulating a taped interview to your colleagues, that’s all the more reason for you to be well-prepared — you want your co-workers who watch it to see you at the top of your game.