video interview

Contributor(s): Emma Snider

A video interview is a job interview that takes place remotely and uses video technology as the communication medium.

There are two types of video interviews: synchronous and asynchronous. Synchronous interviews are conducted live over the Internet. In contrast, an asynchronous video interview is pre-recorded by the job seeker and submitted to the employer.

Video interviews can be useful at many stages of the hiring process. Asynchronous interviews are often used to save time during the early phases of the hiring process. In such a scenario, the employer might pose a set of questions and ask job seekers to record their responses in a video. This allows the employer to screen candidates quickly and select which ones will proceed to the next stage of the hiring process.

Synchronous interviews conducted in  real time over the Internet can be used in place of traditional face-to-face interviews. to give the employer a sense of how well the candidate is able to communicate. This type of interview is especially useful when travel costs are prohibitive or there are other obstacles, such as scheduling, that prevent the employer and potential candidate from meeting in person.

See also: recruitment

This was last updated in January 2014

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