Rising trend: Video conferencing for virtual job interviews

Friday, May 14 2010

In what could be a universal trend, a survey from LegerMarketing and HR Learning reveals that nearly half of Canadian entrepreneurs believe finding competent staff is the key to improving their businesses this year.

What if business owners could recruit workers around the globe to gain a competitive edge in the recovering economic climate? With a little help from video conferencing solutions, employers may be able to find the right job candidates - from anywhere in the world - to help their companies succeed.

In addition to connecting entrepreneurs to an expansive pool of potential workers, video conferencing tools offer all the benefits of in-person meetings without the travel costs. Employers can still read facial expressions and body language, and get a sense of how applicants present themselves via virtual interviews.

Lois Grimshaw, an executive at the British Columbia Ministry of Education, has had success with video conferencing solutions. Grimshaw told IT World she was recently able to interview and hire a candidate in Cairo, Egypt through the technology.

Video may be the future of recruitment. Elliot Masie, chair of the Learning Consortium, predicts video conferencing tools will soon play an enormous role in linking higher education and welfare institutions to corporate employers. ADNFCR-3295-ID-19779851-ADNFCR