February 28, 2013

63 Percent of Companies Use Video Interviews

pie chartA new OfficeTeam survey has revealed that 63 percent of HR managers said their company often uses video technology to conduct employment interviews. This is a stratospheric jump from 2011 when just 14 percent reported the same. Over the next three years, 13 percent of respondents said their organizations would more aggressively pursue video interviews while 85 percent predict the number of video interviews to remain the same. When asked how frequently their company conducted video-based job interviews, HR managers responded:

• Very often – 53 percent in 2012 compared to 1 percent in 2011

• Somewhat often – 10 percent in 2012 compared to 13 percent in 2011

• Not very often – 12 percent in 2012 compared to 45 percent in 2011

• Never – 25 percent in 2012 compared to 42 percent in 2011

When asked if their company will conduct greater or fewer video-based job interviews over the next three years, HR managers responded:

• Significantly more – 1 percent

• Somewhat more – 12 percent

• No change – 85 percent

• Somewhat fewer – 2 percent

• Significantly fewer – 0 percent

“Many companies are embracing video interviews, which are often conducted online via webcam, as a way to quickly and cost-effectively evaluate applicants,” Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, said. “Job seekers can use these virtual meetings to put their best foot forward, just as they would in person.”

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Joshua Bjerke, from Savannah, Georgia, focuses on articles involving the labor force, economy, and HR topics including new technology and workplace news. Joshua has a B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in International Studies and is currently pursuing his M.A. in International Security.