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Do not miss out on these five benefits of video question screening



Have you given enough thought to using one-way video questions as a candidate screening tool? Video response questions are a lot more effective in providing valuable insights about candidates as you work through a long list of applicants for a job in your organization.


It's common to put applicants through an initial telephone interview to narrow down a list of candidates to advance in the hiring process. These screens tend to be short and relatively simple, help set the tone for the recruitment process. The telephonic screening call may be a preliminary introduction of a "get to know you" kind, but it's also the first chance to assess a candidate's communication skills.


However, telephone interview-based screening has several drawbacks.

  • Telephone screening can be time-consuming, especially if your recruiters are working with a large candidate pool.

  • There is a risk of recruiters doing more talking (with candidates asking questions) instead of candidates doing the majority of speaking.

  • Telephone screening does not leave any record of the conversation, and the screening decision can be subjective and prone to biases.

Video response questions help in eliminating all the above drawbacks associated with telephone-based screening.


Using a digital technology platform, recruiters can send candidates' questionnaires and ask them to record their video responses. Candidates' answers to 5-8 well-phrased and structured questions helps in revealing a lot about the candidate that a typical telephone conversation would never tell. While candidates send in their responses, recruiters can eliminate all of the uncertainties associated with calling and identify the best candidates based on their responses to the questions. Recorded video responses allow recruiters to watch candidate answers without the time pressure, leading to better screening decisions.


Without video question-based screening right at the top of your recruitment funnel, you are surely missing out on the following benefits:

  • Saving time and effort – Video question-based screening saves recruiter time and eliminates repetitive work of calling candidates and speaking with them at length.

  • Ability to handle large candidate pool – Video question-based screening is facilitated by a technology platform. The platform handles large candidate volumes without any need for recruiter intervention.

  • More objective assessment – Video question-based screening facilitates objective and bias-free candidate evaluation. The questions are the same for all candidates, and candidate rating/scoring follows defined guidelines.

  • Evaluation of Knowledge/ Skills – Video questions help in evaluating candidate skills as well. This helps in bringing an additional dimension to the screening process and makes screening more robust.

  • Increase in recruiting process efficiency – With automated candidate screening, recruiters are free to focus on more productive tasks. It leads to improved recruiter productivity and more efficient usage of organizational resources.


Drop a line to us if you wish to explore how the SmartList platform can enable you to deploy candidate screening questionnaires with video response questions. We will be happy to assist you in cashing in on the benefits of video question screening for your organization.

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