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Companies can curb time and travel expenses in their hiring practices by using videoconference job interviewing to narrow down the field of applicants. Online videoconferencing has been around for years but had been used chiefly for collaborative or distance-meeting purposes. That’s changing as traditional videoconferencing systems are also being used as a cost-effective and logical way for employers and candidates to meet and greet each other.

Locations at which formal videoconferencing systems are found include the following:

  • Corporate offices

  • College career centers

  • Hotels and airports

  • Recruiting and staffing firms

  • Public room vendors and brokers

  • End-to-end commercial conferencing firms

As a job candidate, never pay for the costs of a video job interview. That expense belongs to the employer.

Moving away from traditional videoconferencing facilities, some employers are engaging video interviewing service firms such as HireVue to handle the employment screening process from A to Z. The process works like this:

  1. HireVue records the interview either at a company office or offsite with a Webcam (or sends the Webcam to the candidate).

    HireVue provides a tutorial on the technical aspects of the video interview.

  2. Each candidate for the same position is asked the same questions.

    Typically a candidate is given 30 seconds to read a question and about two minutes to answer it.

  3. Hiring managers compare recordings of the sessions to see how each candidate answers the questions.

Home Webcams are the breaking news for job interviews. The reason is cost and available technology. Today a basic Webcam runs as little as $25–$30; advanced models go for $100–$150. Laptops increasingly come with Webcams built in. Although Webcams keep improving and are better than they were, the picture quality isn’t as good as film, and there’s still a slight audio delay of a second or two, sometimes causing a lip-sync lag.

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