With the average cost of hiring a new employee hovering around $4,500, not to mention many hours of parsing through resumes and conducting interviews, employers are looking for any way to save time and money when filling a position. That’s why many companies have adopted specialized video interviewing software—it’s cheaper and more flexible than doing in-person interviews, but still allows for face-to-face interaction, unlike phone interviews.
And these platforms aren’t just business versions of video-calling solutions such as Skype. They include an array of functions—such as pre-recorded questions and answers, candidate grading and ranking, interview scheduling, collaboration tools and branding capabilities, as well as integration with current applicant tracking systems (ATSs) to create a one-stop shop for hiring needs.
But this functionality means nothing if it is not organized and presented in a way that’s intuitive for the user to understand. With that in mind, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite video interviewing software user interfaces (UIs).
VidCruiter is a full, Web-based recruiting suite featuring an application dedicated to pre-recorded video interviewing: VidInterviewing. VidInterviewing allows hiring managers to create a large pool of candidates, with no limits on how many applicants can be screened or how many questions can be asked. From there, candidates can be reviewed and rated at a company’s leisure.
We love that VidInterviewing gives you the option to see either all of one candidate’s responses, or every candidate’s response to one question. Within the latter view, each candidate has icons to show you quick information about their response, including a clock to show how long that candidate took to answer, stars to input a rating for their answer and a talk bubble to denote any comments left on that response. Particular candidates can be expanded to see their full video answer to the question at hand.
Should applicants want to respond using their smartphone, the VidReponse mobile app for Android and iOS devices has some nice UI features, including big buttons to start or stop recording, a response timer and the option to show or hide the question when recording.
Since 2012, companies have been using TalentBox to share, rate and rank candidates via pre-recorded video resumes or question responses to quickly create a shortlist of potential hires. The software boasts an intuitive and eye-catching user interface—and it isn’t just for companies. TalentBox is free for job-seekers who want to reply to job postings or create personal video-based, branded pages to stand out amongst bland, paper resumes.
The main screen shows a list of your current job postings, with a pink indicator box to tell you how many new candidates have applied for a position since the last time you checked. Clicking on a job posting brings up the responses screen, which has some nice UI features. For example, you can easily drag-and-drop candidates to rank them to your liking. There are also options to rate a candidate on a five-point scale, and to quickly shortlist or reject a candidate without having to go into their individual responses.
We also love the layout in the free job-seeker personal pages. Without leaving the profile page, employers can view a candidate’s video application, work history and a short paragraph that summarizes their personality. There are also buttons along the right side of the screen to directly email the candidate or view their LinkedIn profile.
Montage is a full video interviewing suite with three applications: Montage View for on-demand video interviewing, Montage Voice for on-demand voice interviewing and Montage Interview to handle any live video interviewing needs. Capabilities such as mobile access (through iOS and Android devices) and a full library of interview questions segmented by behavioral trait, industry and job level help businesses streamline their hiring processes.
On the applicant side, check marks will tell respondents if their microphone, camera and Internet connection are good to go before recording—which is especially important if recruiters decide that candidates only get one shot to answer a certain question. We also love the drop-down yellow notepad that gives candidates a “cheat sheet” to glance at in order to organize their responses.
We are also big fans of the concise list view of candidates, which shows a thumbs-up or thumbs-down icon corresponding to whether the candidate passed or failed; ratings averages; the number of votes on that candidate and the recruiter assigned to them. Each candidate in this list can be expanded to show a small picture, contact information, question responses and any documents that they may have submitted.
Designed to save HR and hiring managers precious time, money and resources, Screenie utilizes automatic filtering of unqualified candidates and detailed video profiles to help hiring managers find the right person. This is all done in an aesthetically pleasing interface that emphasizes baby blues and whites over a wood-grain background.
Looking at active job postings, hiring managers can utilize a panel on the left-hand side to quickly advertise an opening, post it onto a careers page or invite candidates to apply via email. A drop-down status menu will allow you to mark what stage of the process a candidate is in—whether it’s their first interview or they’ve been recently hired. You can also see at a glance how many candidates have passed or failed your qualification benchmarks.
Within a candidate’s profile, you can easily cycle through question responses, with icons to indicate what kind of response they gave (video, audio or text). The tabbed layout of the profile allows you to write notes on a candidate, view any documents (such as a resume) or see an interaction history. Another feature we love is a rewind button on the top-right of each video response, for easy repeat viewings.
Described as a “talent interaction platform,” HireVue specializes in the sourcing, viewing, rating and sharing of digital interviews to turbo-charge the recruiting process. Its data-driven recommendations engine, HireVue Insights, can also predict top performers to help you make a shortlist of candidates.
Whether interviewing someone live or going through pre-recorded responses, hiring managers can easily evaluate their candidates in the HireVue Evaluator screen. In the top-right corner, you can assign stars to rate a candidate, or use drop-down menus to leave your recommendation or change the candidate’s status. There is also the option to include free-form notes.
Within this screen, we are also fond of the left-hand panel, where you can easily see how a candidate stacks up against their competition for a position. Candidates in this panel can also be sorted or filtered to your liking.
As the name implies, GreenJobInterview is keen on helping the environment by eliminating the travel miles and heaps of paper resumes associated with traditional hiring. And it does so with a Web-based virtual interviewing solution that includes live and pre-recorded video interviewing applications, a mobile app for iOS and Android devices and branding capabilities.
Within the candidate profile screen, an interface reminiscent of an open book displays all of the information you need to know about an applicant, including contact information, their text and video responses, the ratings you’ve given those responses and any internal comments you and your team have made. Clicking an arrow at the top-left corner will flip through the pages to see other candidates.
Separate menu options for live interviews (in the GreenJob Live application) and pre-recorded interviews (in GreenJob One-Way) helps keep things tidy, while notification icons in the top-right corner will keep you up-to-date on all the latest submissions, ratings and comments. Should you need help, a green chat box is available in the bottom-right corner of all screens.
Jobvite Video, an on-demand video interviewing application within the Jobvite recruiting platform, gives hiring managers the tools they need to find the right candidates without spending a lot of time on formal interviews. First, you send out a video interview request to the candidates that matter. From there, candidates record their responses for you and your colleagues to review and collaborate on when convenient.
We are fans of the YouTube-style interface—which users will be familiar with—for the questionnaire responses, where subsequent candidate videos can be seen directly below the current one. We also like the Evaluations panel to the right side of the responses, where users can quickly leave a thumbs-up or thumbs-down, along with detailed notes, on either a specific response or on the candidate overall.
If you’re curious what your colleagues think of a candidate, you can open up a table within the Video tab that allows you to see what each colleague said about each of the candidate’s responses, all on one screen. The thumb icons are here as well to give you a quick indication of each assessment, and there is even a button to request more information from a colleague via email.
Interviewing and evaluating candidates is no longer an exclusively “face-to-face” task. With these software solutions, hiring managers can make the interviewing process digital—and find the right candidates for the job more quickly.