It would have seemed strange as little as ten years ago, but more and more of today’s companies are conducting their client’s interviews using webcams and videoconferencing systems. While the process is very different from an in-person meeting, there are many ways your company may benefit from video interviews, including:
- Travel savings. One of the biggest advantages of interviewing clients via computer is that you do not have to pay to fly clients to D.C. to meet with you in person. This is a significant savings in business trips, hotels, and cab fares, not to mention the time that both of you will save by forgoing travel.
- Face-to-face communication. While you can learn a lot from a person through phone calls and email, there is no substitute for face-to-face conversation. Seeing a potential employee’s reactions, facial expressions, and other non-verbal cues heightens the level of communication between people. Even the simple addition of eye contact can help an employer make a decision about whether a person would be a good fit for the company.
- Market advantage. Video interviews make your business more competitive in several ways. Firstly, since you have the ability interview anyone around the world, you can cast a much wider net to find talent for your company. If you add your colleagues to the video interview, you can all ask questions and share your impressions of a candidate at once, making hiring decisions easy. Finally, your ability to adapt and implement new technologies will give you an advantage over others who take weeks or even months to bring in new people.
Remember: a poor videoconferencing system has the power to nullify the pros and make the cons worse. If you want to offer regular videoconferencing to your clients, you should have a quality system that won’t let you down. At Casamo & Associates, we offer a state-of-the-art video conferencing setup with reliable audio and video capabilities—and you can use it onsite or in the privacy of your own office. Visit our Videoconferencing page to find out if our services would benefit your clients.