Why video interviews aren’t a good idea
One reason the jobless rate has been so difficult to whittle down is because lots of workers are “underwater” on their mortgage and can’t move for a job.
Now, researchers have also found that it’s more difficult to land a long-distance job offer when candidates don’t get an in-person look, but interview via video conferencing.
It’s more economical to use technology like a web cam mounted on a computer, which enables the candidate and the interviewer to see and hear each other, than for the job seeker to travel to the employer site.
But that expedience is about the only advantage of the video interview, finds a study from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in Ontario.
“When applicants were interviewed by video conferencing, they were viewed by the interviewers as less personable, less competent, less trustworthy and less likable than when they were interviewed face-to-face,” shares Willi Wiesner, one of the study’s authors.
But video conferencing interviews are more common, Wiesner points out, with two surveys from other sources finding that more than half of firms were using them.
The problem, Wiesner explains, is that video conferencing diminishes the social presence provided by face-to-face interviews. For one thing, eye contact is easier in person. And, notes Wiesner, “Vocal expressiveness tends to be reduced or ‘flattened’ compared with face-to-face interviews. One of our recommendations for [video conferencing] applicants is to be more expressive on camera than they usually are.”
Some of his recommendations for making the most of video interviews include mounting a web cam in the center of the computer screen to enhance eye contact. “We also suggest using good quality lapel microphones or headset microphones because they will pick up the speaker’s voice better than microphones built into computers.”
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