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Companies Turning To Video Interviews Instead of Phone Screens

September 4, 2012 | Telepresence Options
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Experts say there are good reasons for doing the video interview: They're easy, cheaper than flying someone in and may give the recruiter a better sense of the potential employee than a phone call.

By Allison Linn, TODAY

 It's no secret that searching for a job has changed a lot in recent years, from the influx of online application systems to the fact that there just aren't a lot of jobs out there.

Now, there's another new twist: More companies than ever are shunning the old-fashioned phone screening in favor of video job interviews, a new survey finds.

The OfficeTeam survey of more than 500 human resources managers at companies with 20 or more employees found that more than six in 10 are now doing video interviews at least somewhat often, up from fewer than two in 10 just a year ago.

Experts say there are good reasons for doing the video interview: They're easy, cheaper than flying someone in and may give the recruiter a better sense of the potential employee than a regular phone call.

"It helps companies narrow the candidate pool down quicker," said Kelsey Fast, a division director for Office Team in Seattle.

Still, she said video meetings are not replacing the live interview, yet. Anyone who's ever seen the movie "Up in the Air" - in which an employee is fired by videoconference - knows the potential pitfalls of having a difficult conversation remotely.

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