By Daniel Hunter

A survey of over 500 recruiters reveals the impact of out-of-date recruitment processes on businesses. Research by Cammio.me, online video interview specialists, shows companies spend an average of 10 working days a year interviewing, 16 per cent of the working week travelling to meet candidates and £3,286 a year reimbursing candidates’ travel expenses.

This is a significant drain on time and resource when innovative technology allows recruiters to interview over video link at a time that is convenient to them and preferred by the job seeker. Additional Cammio research also shows that 50 per cent of candidates prefer interviews to take place outside of working hours, underlining the importance of video interview capabilities for recruiters.

One in four (25 per cent) recruiters stated in a typical interview they sometimes make a decision about whether to hire the candidate within the first five minutes with more than half (53 per cent) having thought ‘why did I invite you’ before the interview even started. Despite this, the average interview lasts 25 minutes, which means recruiters drag out the process when they could meet more candidates for shorter online interviews and get a good impression on the candidate.

“For many businesses, managing interview processes continues to be an expensive and time consuming task. All too often, staff and candidates struggle to coordinate meetings due to busy work schedules, a problem that can be completely eradicated by video interview applications,” said Walter Hueber, CEO at Cammio. “With today’s technologies, an interview can take place anytime, in around 15 minutes, at any location with an Internet connection.”

The poll also revealed despite the fact that a quarter (23 per cent) of recruiters would interview more candidates if they had the time, over half (55 per cent) claim they often can’t schedule more in. Nearly one in five (17 per cent) cited it is often difficult to arrange first round meetings because candidates are already employed and this could be attributed to them having difficulties taking time off from work.

“With tough economic conditions, businesses are actively competing for talent and poor quality interview processes could put organisations at a disadvantage," Walter Hueber added.

"By embracing cost effective and innovative video interview technologies, businesses can improve both speed, quality and quantity of interviews for prospective employees giving them a higher chance of the best available candidate”

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