Virtual Video Interview . . . Are You Ready for This?

By: pmegan
Coming to a computer near you soon . . . the virtual video interview!

The recently marketed software allows organizations to eliminate the need for an initial interview and the staff time required to conduct it. Here's how the virtual video interview works.

An applicant is guided through an automated, video-taped interview while sitting before a Web camera atop a computer monitor. The candidate answers pre-recorded questions asked by a company representative or an actor. It's done in a virtual video interview format that includes head nods, leg crossing and other simulated listening movements.

In essence, the job candidate talks to the monitor while the upper part of his/her body is being video-taped. After the interview, the Web-based video of the applicant's responses is edited and available for review by the potential employer.

For example, a virtual video interview is made by sales associate candidates before they are granted an in-person interview. Sales applicants leaving one company's human resources office reported they were required to read a scripted sales pitch on camera and answer questions.

From the job seeker's perspective the technology is still too new to get a reading on the effectiveness of the virtual video interview. The results have not yet been thoroughly tracked.

The technology has strong backing from career guidance experts. One career specialist at a large university commented that with the virtual video interview an employer can hear a student articulate and really present themselves in a way that enhances the resume.

In this case the university career center handles the interview and can attach a disc to their resumes. From the employer's perspective, it is lawful for companies to request a video interview if the candidate is capable of using the technology or the company provides assistance to create the video.

From the candidate's perspective, one job seeker recently commented that he hopes companies will in fact judge him on his video appearance. "If they don't want me," he concluded, "I just don't want to have to waste my time getting dressed up for interview. This video interview allows you to really put yourself out there. And that's all you can ask for when you're trying to get a job."

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