5 common video interview myths, debunked

Video interviewing is a relatively new screening method in recruitment, and there are still some myths around it. In this blog post, we’ll debunk them!

Jan Söderström

I’ve noticed that talking about video interviews provoke feelings. Every now and then on social media you will find discussions about recorded video interviews. Many people are pro video interviews, but there are also people who are not. And often there are certain myths that persistently come up time after time. I would like to discuss and debunk some of them:


1. The candidates may not suitable devices for answering


Are your candidates applying via internet? Or did you post a job ad in a newspaper? If you posted a job ad in a newspaper then your applications might come via mail. Then there is a risk that your candidates do not have the required devices. Though let’s be honest, most of them still probably have smartphones.


Good old-fashioned job applications – via GIPHY


Of course there is a *slight* possibility that an interested candidate does not have either a webcam nor a smartphone. But most likely they still have a person in the family or in the close social circle who does have one and maybe they can borrow it to conduct the interview, or go to a library. And if not? Well then the candidate can send you an email and explain the situation.

Video interview is not an impenetrable wall. Candidates can of course communicate with you if there is some reason why answering to video interview is not possible. And even if one time a candidate does not have the needed devices, it does not eliminate all the overall benefits that using recorded video interview provide for you and your organization compared to not using it.


2. Video interviews will drive off my candidates


No, video interviews do not drive off your candidates. Some people might not like giving answers to a camera, but if they are motivated job seekers, they will answer the video interview. And our data backs this up: 87% of people invited to a video interview via Recright have answered the video interview.


The remaining 13% are not only the people who did not want to participate in the interview, but the people who had whatever reason not to answer. For example they just weren’t that interested in the first place, or they might’ve already accepted another job, or some completely different reason. Would you hire a person who is not motivated enough to leave a few short video answers?


3. Video interview don’t work with older candidates


It is true that at the moment the largest age group of video interview candidates is 18 to 24 year olds with 29%, but that can well be because it’s a self-fulfilling belief. Also, video interviews are often used with positions that have large candidate pools, for example summer jobs or graduate recruiting, where most often people fall into the aforementioned age group.


People across all age groups are satisfied with video interviews, with 82% of candidates under 18 and 83% of candidates over 50 being satisfied with video interviews as a method. Candidates in their 18-24’s were the most satisfied with video interviews, at 85%!


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So we can’t really conclude whether or not older candidates are less prone to answer video interviews. From experience I can tell that there hasn’t been any evidence towards this kind of behaviour.


4. Construction workers or developers won’t take the video interview


It’s true that some people do not answer video interviews. What ever the reason is behind that, a motivated job seeker will answer the video interview. Just as they write their cover letter or come to a personal interview. It’s a rather harsh generalization to say that people with a certain background, education or profession would have the same personality or take on video interviews.


We have clients who hire construction workers and programmers with video interview and we haven’t heard complaints.


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5. Video interviews increase the workload


This myth is only true if you on average have less than 10 job candidates per position. Many companies have more applicants per positions than 10, that’s why one of the main reasons to use recorded video interviews is to decrease the workload of the recruitment process. Our clients have estimated that video interview saves about 50% of the total time spent on the recruitment process. That’s a lot of time.

How does recorded video interviews save time one might ask. Video interviews save time because of at least three reasons:


  1. You have to actually spend less time screening the CV and the cover letter. Whether the next step after CV and cover letter screening would be phone interviews or personal interviews, using recorded video interviews allows you to invite more candidates and spend less time on total to decide which of the candidates will be considered for the next round.
  2. Yes, you guessed it, it’s because you can eliminate the phone interviews. Video interviews and phone interviews have the same aim: to collect more information of each potential candidate. The difference is that with video interviews instead of asking the same questions several times you only have ask them once. After you have recorded your questions you can send them to as many candidates as you want.
  3. You save time because you have successfully picked the best candidates to the personal interview. Thanks to video interviews you have now a lot of data regarding each candidate to back your decisions with. You have better odds to invite the right people to the personal interview and you have the need to invite less people to the personal interview than before.

    No more phone interviews! – via GIPHY

The conclusion


Today’s work life requires people to adapt to new concepts and technologies. And recorded video interview appears to be one of those. It’s good to remember that everyone has their own prejudices and beliefs, but when examining the big picture the data and experiences tell the real story.

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