By Daniel Hunter

A survey of over 500 recruiters by online video interview specialists, Cammio.me, has revealed that a staggering 36 per cent of companies have taken on new hires without them meeting their manager first, citing lack of manager availability as one of the primary causes.

A further one in ten (11 per cent) feel they have no time to interview all the candidates they would like, in order to make an informed decision.

The research found that during the interview process, 41 per cent of companies meet an average 11 candidates during a first round, with a shortlist for a second round of interviews taking 2-3 weeks for nearly half (44 per cent) of companies polled. A further five per cent even go so far to admit this second stage can take over four weeks to complete.

“Failing to introduce a candidate to their boss during the interview process is particularly unfair to both the prospective employee and the manager and could cause problems in the recruitment process," said Walter Hueber, CEO at Cammio.

"This worrying trend appears to be increasing due to busy work schedules that could easily be freed up through online video interviews, enabling candidates to familiarise themselves with the person they will be reporting to in the job.

“Worse still, in a tough economic climate, the prospect of waiting for nearly a month for the second interview round will undoubtedly mean some companies will lose talent to competitors with more efficient recruitment processes."

The survey also revealed that for periods of time made available by companies for interviews, nearly half (45 per cent) of candidates will fail to turn up, owing to miscalculated time to reach the interview location or issues with public transport, all of which could be avoided through online video interviews that allow both employer and job seeker to select a time most convenient for both, irrespective of location.

“Online interviews can be arranged anytime, anywhere with an internet connection, meaning candidates, recruiters and managers can conduct more productive and informative interviews without needing to travel. Poor quality interview processes have been putting off candidates for far too long and only by embracing innovative technology will businesses be able to ensure they are offering first class programmes for prospective candidates,” he concluded.

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