‘Interview‘- the face-to-face conversation between the candidate and the interviewer, is the basic understanding that we have regarding interviews. But, since we have a knack for evolution, the traditional interviews have become a thing of the past and paved a way for a new form of interview called the ‘one-way interview‘.
The newest trend in the realm of interviews is the ‘one-way interview’. This mode has given a new meaning to interviews and companies are going berserk over the application. An interview mode that does not require the candidate and the interviewer to sit face to face sure sounds innovative.
Although, every new trend requires understanding and such is the case with a ‘one-way interview’ too.
So, we are going to cover everything there is to know about one-way interviews and everything that comes with this ‘great power’.
What is a One-Way Interview?
A technology-enabled interview mode where the candidate answers to the preset questions by the interviewer. A one-way interview is done as a replacement for the phone-screening. It is done in the initial phase of the interview process.
The process is fast-paced and more productive compared to the traditional mode of the interview. One-way interviews are very much convenient. The candidate can provide the answers through their smart phones, tablets, or laptops at any time.
How to do a One-Way Interview?
The interviewer sets questions as required in text, audio-only, or video formats for the candidate to answer. The recruiter provides a link to the interview through an email to the candidate and the candidate can provide answers within the deadline. In this mode, the interviewer can invite a large number of candidates according to the preferred schedule. Once the candidate’s response gets recorded, it gets sent to the recruiter’s inbox without any hassle for the review.
A one-way interview is generally carried out by recruiters in the following format:
Practice Interview: This is the testing phase where the candidate can experience a trial of the actual one-way interview. This phase is provided by most companies for the candidates to get accustomed to the interview and get a hold of how everything will go on.
The practice phase lets the candidate fix the equipment according to the needs of the interview. It gives the candidate a view of the real one-way interview.
Actual Interview: This is the phase where the interviewer posts the questions as per the requirements so that the candidate can answer them. Some companies let the candidates re-record the answers but it depends. Some questions may have a time-limit while others may not. In most of the cases, the candidates get a 60-second window to provide the answer to a single question.
The candidate may review the response before advancing to the next question, but that feature depends on the recruiter to provide.
Difference between One-Way Interview and Video Interview
Well, the difference is a pretty basic one. Candidates record their answers according to the question in a one-way interview for further evaluation by the recruiter whereas in a video interview, the recruiter interviews the candidate face-to-face through a video call.
The preference for any of these modes depends on the company and both have their pros and cons.
Advantages of One-Way Interview
Asynchronous interviews or one-way interviews come with a lot of perks. Let’s count them down.
- Fast Paced- Pre-recorded interviews are swift. The recruiter can save himself from calling the candidates individually and can simply send bulk emails to the candidates at a single click. The recruiter just has to evaluate the candidate videos afterward at any time. There is no hassle and it sure saves the times of both the parties.
- Better Connections with Candidates- Video interviews have reduced the problems of physical interviews. One-way interviews are just a bit more convenient. The recruiter doesn’t have to meet with any of the candidates. Remote candidates can be easily accessed through this mode and there occur no anomalies regarding any time-zone differences. A recruiter may live in the USA and may interview a candidate in India without anyone even seeing each other.
- More Effective- One-way interviews are more effective and are better productive than any other mode of interview. The recruiter gets a clear view of the candidate’s skills using the pre-recorded questions. The candidates can prepare themselves well as they know what questions will be asked. This mode of interview is a win-win situation for both the parties.
- Relaxed Interview Experiences for Candidates- Job interviews are hectic even for the best candidates. One-way interviews provide a better experience to the candidate as they get ample time to prepare and rehearse for the answers. The candidates get a better exposure and showcase their skills in a better way.
Disadvantages of One-Way Interview
Well, everything comes with the good and the bad. One-way interviews too have some cons related to them.
- The candidate-interviewer relationship does not get developed through the mode. The candidate is just answering a bunch of questions that have been asked. There does not occur any interaction between the parties.
- Some candidates may feel uncomfortable while recording themselves.
- There is a factor of “dehumanization”. The whole process depends on technology and less on human interaction.
- Candidates do not get proper knowledge about the company through the interviews. Physical interaction is necessary for the promotion of the company.
One-way interviews have changed the stereotypical views regarding interviews. These interviews are more user-friendly and accountable compared to other forms of interview. The candidate gets the chance to show the best self which in turn lets the recruiters get the top talent.
Glider.ai provides tools that enable the recruiters to undertake a one-way interview.