Can you make a better job of interviewing?

EMPLOYERS could save time and money by updating their recruitment processes according to recent research.

A survey of more than 500 recruiters showed that companies spend an annual average of ten working days interviewing, 16 per cent of the week travelling to meet candidates and pay out £3,286 a year to reimburse candidates’ travel expenses.

The poll, conducted by online video interview specialists, revealed that using video links in place of traditional interviews could benefit businesses.

Walter Hueber, CEO at Cammio, said: “For many businesses, managing interview processes continues to be an expensive and time- consuming task. All too often staff and candidates struggle to coordinate meetings due to busy work schedules, a problem that can be completely eradicated by video interview applications.

“With today’s technologies, an interview can take place anytime, in around 15 minutes, at any location with an internet connection,” he added.

The poll also revealed that nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of recruiters would interview more candidates if they had the time and over half (55 per cent) claimed they often couldn’t schedule more in. Nearly one in five (17 per cent) cited it was difficult to arrange first round meetings because candidates were already employed and had difficulties taking time off from work.

Mr Hueber added: “With tough economic conditions, businesses are actively competing for talent and poor quality interview processes could put organisations at a disadvantage. By embracing cost-effective and innovative video interview technologies, businesses can improve both speed, quality and quantity of interviews for prospective employees giving them a higher chance of the best available candidate.”