It’s out there. From Fortune 500’s to startups, it’s been the human resources flavor-of-the-month for the last 5 years: the one-sided video interview. But now, it’s gone, dare we say it, viral. So, if you’re looking for work, you’re bound to run into the one-way video interview. The great news is you have an interview! The perhaps slightly less great news is it isn’t even a video conversation. What is it? You, talking to a piece of software. Yup. This may not be something you’re excited about, but at least you can be prepared. Not only that, there’s more than one side to one-way video interviews. We’ve chatted with some Members on both sides of the table to get you the facts.


What Could Be Good About One-Way Video Interviews

-On the employee side, there’s no commute (remember those?), no specific schedule and control of the environment. (You can wait until you’ve taken the dog out).

-Like it or not, companies believe one-way interviews save them time and money. (With so much increased use of two-way video, this may be less true, though many companies have already invested in the software). 

-They are a useful screening tool to see if candidates can handle some basic technology.

– It is a way for employers to ask questions that a candidate may not have expected and get some answers without a back and forth conversation and see what they can learn about the person from that experience. 


The Challenges of One-Way Video Interviews

-It can be unnerving to talk to a computer. Even if you are prepared, the “countdown” to record your  answer is stress-inducing. (Some programs allow you a do-over, some do not).

-These interviews could be biased towards the selfie generation and they arguably devalue the engagement that makes people want to stay connected through work. 

-There is no opportunity to ask follow-up questions.

-It is hard to learn about cultural fit from a one-sided experience.

-Companies can miss some great employees because of the barrier of the technology and some talented people may feel slighted by the lack of personal attention.

-It may seem like it saves a company time, but reviewing videos takes effort and attention.

There you have it, the pros and the cons. If you find yourself with a one-sided video interview, here are some tips to make one-sided interviews go smoothly