While you may not have come across them yet, digital interviews are a rapidly growing trend in the world of recruiting.

Not to be confused with the live, Skype-based version, a digital interview requires candidates to field pre-recorded questions from prospective employers, recording answers at their own leisure and then emailing these back to the firm.

There are a number of companies turning to digital interview software throughout the world. One of the leading providers, HireVue counts multinationals Rio Tinto and Red Bull among its customers.

As with most innovations, the key selling point to subscribers is efficiency. Time-pressured managers and senior employees can record their part of the interview during a break in their busy schedules. Candidates too are given the freedom to prepare and record their answers in their own time and in a relatively pressure-free setting.

There are downsides, however, particularly from an interviewee perspective. The one-way nature of digital interviews makes it extremely hard, if not impossible, to build a rapport with your interviewer and to find common ground over current events, favourite holiday destinations, or other shared interests.

It’s worth bearing in mind, especially if you’re someone who relies heavily on personality or charisma to sway things in their favour.

While the protocol for approaching digital interviews doesn’t differ hugely from the traditional face-to-face variety, there are a certain number of dangers to be aware of.

Web cam etiquette doesn’t always come naturally, so:
1. Make sure to look directly into the camera, not your own face on the monitor.
2. Double check for possible interruptions
3. Test the lighting and acoustics in the room
before you hit ‘record’.

Remember that the general essentials of interview technique still apply:
4. Dress smartly
5. Pay attention to posture and body language
6. Keep your tone professional at all times.

Digital interviews are unlikely to be everyone’s idea of fun. However, the fact that their close relative, Skype, is so routinely used in business nowadays over suggests that the use of this software is more than just a passing fad. It may be time for you to get acquainted.

Reference: Jobs.net; Forbes; United Health Group; Abintegro
13 Apr 2017