Are “Video” Interviews Necessary When Hiring Virtual Interns?

Late last night I received a notification in my email inbox about a conversation that had started in a group that I’m a member of on Linkedin.

It was about the effectiveness of using “video interviews” for hiring people.

I pretty much disagreed with everyone in the thread.

In fact, here’s what I wrote:

Justin Lee • I guess I’m going to be in the minority here but we DO NOT use video interview as a technology, and here’s the main reason why:

We don’t want to eliminate a candidate just because they don’t have a webcam.

We DO actively use Skype in our day-to-day business operations, and it’s a huge tool that we take advantage of. However, for us to either:

1. Require a potential candidate to get a webcam for an interview OR

2. Eliminate a candidate because they don’t have a webcam

would be foolish, IMHO.

One of our best interns this past year still doesn’t own a webcam. Had I of declined his interview it would have been a major mistake on our part.

I realize that most people in this thread are talking about hiring permanent employees, not interns, but I would still take the same position.

And if a “face-to-face” interview (over a phone interview) were really that important, I’d have the person fly out anyway.

I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade here, and if the candidate has the tools to participate in a video interview, then by all means go for it! I just would never make it mandatory.

Justin Lee
CEO & Founder

So do you agree with me, or not?  Do me a favor, and post a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

We’d also like to know if you’d be interested in a webinar about how to use Linkedin to grow your business.  One of our friends is an absolute genius on using Linkedin to grow your business, and if we get enough interest, we can contact him about a webinar.

We can’t wait to read your comments!

Finally, if you’d like to connect with us on Linkedin, here is Justin’s profile, and here is Dreama’s.  Add us a connections!

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One Response to Are “Video” Interviews Necessary When Hiring Virtual Interns?

  1. Victoria says:

    I’m interested in a webinar about how to use Linkedin to grow my business.

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