What Is a One-Way Video Interview?

joseph cole

Updated on May 2, 2023

Interview‘- the face-to-face conversation between the candidate and the interviewer is the basic understanding that we have regarding interviews. But, traditional interviews are a thing of the past and paved a way for a new form of interview called the ‘one-way video interview‘.

The newest trend in interviews is the ‘one-way video interview’. One-way video interviews are performed asynchronously, offer flexibility and convenience to candidates and the interviewing team. In this blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know about what is a one-way video interview.

What is a One-Way Video Interview?

A technology-enabled interview mode where the candidate answers preset questions by the interviewer. A one-way video interview can be done as a replacement for the phone-screening and typically performed during the initial phase of the interview process. One-way video interviews are fast-paced and more productive compared to the traditional interviews. Candidates can provide the answers through their smartphones, tablets, or laptops at any time.

How to do a One-Way Video 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 video 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 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 a One-Way Video Interview and Video Interview

Well, the difference is a pretty basic one. Candidates record their answers according to the question in a one-way video 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 Video Interviews

Why do employers use one-way video interviews?  The answer is they 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 time of both parties.
  • Better Connections with Candidates- Video interviews have reduced the problems of physical interviews. One-way video 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 video interview can be personalized. Therefore, it is more effective and 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 parties. Do virtual interviews reduce human bias? One word answer: YES.
  • Relaxed Interview Experiences for Candidates- Job interviews are hectic even for the best candidates. One-way video interview provides a better experience to the candidate as they get ample time to prepare and rehearse for the answers. The candidates get better exposure and showcase their skills in a better way.

Disadvantages of One-Way Video Interview

Well, everything comes with the good and the bad. One-way video interview too has some cons related to it.

  • The candidate-interviewer relationship does not get developed through the mode. The candidate is just answering a bunch of questions asked in video interviews. 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 video interview are better than traditional interviews. It has changed the stereotypical views regarding interviews. These interviews are more user-friendly and accountable compared to other forms of interviews.

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 video interview.

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