While Skype may be an ideal tool for instant messaging and 1-on-1 video conferencing between colleagues, it’s a poor choice for companies seeking to implement a live interview tool. Skype may seem like a quick fix for your recruiting video needs, but here are 5 reasons that prove otherwise.
1. Limited Number of Video Participants
Skype’s free version allows for just a 1-on-1 video interaction, which won’t support a panel/group interview. Vendor provided Live Interviewing tools allow your organization to include multiple members of the interview team. Async Interview provides the option for up to three team members on the video and one candidate.
2. Lack of Support
When a technical or functional problem occurs with Skype, reaching a support professional quickly, let alone within an hour or two is highly unlikely. Recruiters and HR professionals are self admittedly not very tech savvy, so the extra support that a vendor provides is needed.
With Skype, candidates may acquire programs that allow them to record their screen during the interview. Since the program requires software to be downloaded, other viruses are able to monitor the video calls. This is could pose to be a liability for employers.
4. Skype is NOT a Recruiting Tool
Simply put, Skype is built for quick and easy video interactions. Live video interviewing tools are built for Recruiters and HR professionals BY knowledgeable vendors who are specialists in the industry. Vendor provided live interview tools may include workflow to keep everyone on the same page, a comments section, and are far more focused towards the recruiting process.
5. Absence of Branding
When candidates enter a live interview on Skype, they’ll notice logos, and information from Skype. When entering a tool like Async Interview, candidates are presented the interviewing companies information, logo, and process, which is far more impressive and informational from the candidate’s perspective.