More job interviews than ever conducted through video conferencing

More job interviews than ever conducted through video conferencing

Video conferencing is a growing trend at the moment and it offers a host of benefits, but aside from productivity gains it can also make business run more efficiently.

This is particularly the case when it comes to the recruitment process. Often this can be a long and drawn out affair, with the company welcoming a host of candidates for interview, which disrupts the office.

However, video conferencing can make this process simpler, and now that internet connections around the UK and the world are more reliable interviews can be carried out without having to invite applicants to the office. This is beneficial for both the business and the people trying to get a job as they do not need to travel.

According to HR directors that were interviewed for a Robert Half survey, many are increasing their use of video conferencing in the recruitment process.

Phil Sheridan, managing director of Office Team UK, the recruitment arm of Robert Half, said that improvements in technology have brought about the move to video conferencing.

Using the method means that businesses can expand their talent search far and wide, often abroad, without making candidates travel for an interview.

"Hiring managers are turning towards technology to assist them in the hiring process. Video conferencing allows hiring managers to conduct a visual and verbal assessment," he added.

Over half (56 per cent) of the 200 respondents said they had implemented video conferencing as the quality of the tools on offer have improved dramatically.

Almost a third of respondents said they have implemented the technology as more candidates are now applying from abroad and cannot make it to physical interviews in the UK at short notice.

The survey indicates that adding video conferencing to the armoury of tools and software a business has at its disposal is a great idea, as it can offer a wide range of benefits that may not have been considered in the initial set-up process.