What are the Advantages of a Video Interview?

Posted by | May 31, 2017 |

We’ve already discussed how to succeed in a video interview; we understand why employers use them, how we should act, and what our environment should be like. But what about the benefits of video interviews for employees? Firstly, let’s recap. Video interviews are tools used by employers to screen potential candidates prior to a face-to-face interview. Additionally, they’re used by employers to interview candidates for remote working positions. If the location of the company is in another city or even a different country, neither one of you has to arrange travel to have a formal interview. Video interviews emulate face-to-face interviews when they can’t be achieved for whatever reason. So, can video interviews be of an advantage to candidates? The extremely short answer: yes.

They can reduce interview anxiety

If you’re more confident behind a computer than you are in a social situation, video interviews will be perfect for you. They give you the opportunity to shine without having to leave the house. We all get interview anxiety, whether you suffer with an anxiety disorder or not. We worry about getting lost, struggling to find a place to park, arriving late, sweating too much, and even silly things like how firmly you should shake the interviewer’s hand. Video interviews prevent all these anxieties from coming true. So long as you get your software set up in plenty of time, you can’t be late. It doesn’t even matter if you’re a nervous sweater – they’ll likely know none the wiser. As for the awkward handshake and eye contact worries, that isn’t even a thought that needs to cross your mind. In this scenario, all you need to think about is how you’re answering the questions in your safe place.

You are more in control

Video interviews put you more in control than face-to-face interviews – and that’s something that many candidates thrive on. They’re generally broken up into two categories: two-way interviews and one-way interviews. Two-way interviews are live (real-time) and use an instant video software to talk directly to the interviewer. One-way interviews, on the other hand, require you to film yourself answering a list of questions from the interviewer, without them being there. The latter type of video interview gives you all the control; you can choose exactly when you film your interview, in a place you feel relaxed. The questions are pre-set, so you can read the list over and over and come up with well-structured and thought out responses, without any time pressure. Both types of video interview enable you to choose where you’ll be and allow you to have your comforts nearby.

You will be in the same boat as the other candidates

If you haven’t attended a video interview before, the other candidates probably haven’t either. Video interviews are still relatively new in the business world; they’re more of an upcoming trend. The other candidates will be worrying about exactly the same things as you. Contrary to interviews in person, there’s no way they can really have an advantage. They can’t be judged on their handshake or their ability to keep eye contact – and neither can you. So long as you remember to look at the camera to make the interviewer feel like you’re keeping eye contact, you’re on to a winner. Video interviews ensure a level playing field; you’ll answer exactly the same questions as the other candidates interviewing for the job, and they’re less likely to go off-track with pleasantries. In addition to that, one-way interviews in particular mean that you’ll never be the last person to interview after an employer has had a long day. You won’t catch them in the ‘I don’t care’ mood!

They’re convenient

Video interviews are convenient for the candidate and the employer alike. They reduce the amount of planning and scheduling, eliminating the need to find a suitable date and time for both parties. You don’t have to spend time working out travel arrangements and planning your route; the interview comes to you. If you really can’t get to a stationary computer, that isn’t much of a problem. Most of us carry smart phones now, so you could even do the interview while you’re on the go. You can save time and money – something that traditional interviews often require.

Cameras are familiar

If you were born into a world of camera phones, you’ll likely be very used to being in front of the camera. Especially if you’re a part of the smart phone generation. Young people now don’t even need to learn how to use modern technology; it’s taught whilst experiencing a world full of it. For many of us, video technology is very easy to use. We’re on our phones and laptops so much that it’s second nature. Here lies the advantage – we’re doing something that’s very familiar to us. Instead of transporting ourselves into an alien setting with a group of strangers, we’re simply communicating with someone else in a way that many us do day in, day out. We use video chatting to stay in touch with friends and family, we record snaps to send to our friends, and some of us even vlog. Whatever the reason for it, you’ll likely be quite at ease on camera using a video chatting app. For those not used this sort of software, you may feel a little uncomfortable at first, but you can rest assured that app manufacturers make sure that their apps are easy to use, no matter your age.

You have more job possibilities

It would’ve been near impossible to work remotely even just 30 years ago. Thanks to the advancement of modern technology, video chatting software and instant messaging makes it easier than ever to talk to people across the world from you. That in itself is how video interviews open far more job possibilities than if you restricted yourself to working in your town or city. If you apply for a job 100 miles away, you don’t need to worry about making the big journey over there – many companies can offer the opportunity to complete the interview virtually. You can now discover employers that you wouldn’t have had the chance to meet without modern technology, which means that you can potentially work your way up the career ladder in an exciting new virtual way.