Typically, recruiters spend a lot of time shortlisting resumes for the interviews. Even if the telephonic interviews are done for pre-screening, many a times candidates fail employers expectations during the personal interviews. Many roles also need the applicant to have great communication skills and body language. These things cannot be found in a telephonic interview. As a result a hiring manager has no idea about candidate unless he meets him.
Online video screening solution VuFirst wants to help solve the problem. A product of ThoughtStream Tech Pvt. Ltd, VuFirst is an online solution for hiring candidates. Video interviews not only tell about a candidate’s skills and knowledge but also about of their presence of mind, body language, expressions and other personality attributes. It’s like meeting candidates face to face but virtually thus saving time, money and effort. Also it saves the disappointment one faces when meeting the candidate for the first time, if the expectations are not matched.
The cloud based video screening tool which helps in screening candidates, can be used to invite candidates for the screening by simply creating a questionnaire and sending them a link.
Another advantage of video based interviews is a manager can view it multiple times. Thus if there is a confusion or ambiguity for any candidate, his interview can be viewed again and analysed, or other senior managers and recruiters can view it before coming to a decision. Candidates do not have an option to stop, pause, redo or review their video responses, so recruiters can get the spontaneous and unrehearsed response from applicants.
According to Ravi Ananthakrishnan, Co-Founder & Director, ThoughtStream Tech Pvt. Ltd, “In case of a BPO or IT industry, normally Rs 10,000 or more are spent on hiring a candidate.” The startup charges Rs 100 on candidate.
The software offers a complete end to end solution. The managers need to fill information such as “Job Code”, “Type of Role”, “Expiry of Role”, and “Hiring Manager” and select a list of candidates. Details of candidates can be downloaded to the HR software used by the company.
Selected applicants are then notified through emails. Candidates on receiving email can give interviews and upload their videos. Each link has an expiry date within which the candidate has to appear for the interview.
These uploaded video format interviews can then be viewed and analysed by the manager on the software’s dashboard, post which candidates can be shortlisted for final face to face interviews. Usually, the manager can either “Hold”, “Reject” or “Accept” or even share with other colleagues for opinion.
Five questions are allowed with a maximum duration of 5 minutes, though it can be customized on demand. Candidate needs to take a practice interview just to make sure all of their system requirements for a video interview are working correctly. Once the interview is initiated candidate has to complete it and the time is automatically allocated to each question as the candidate moves further. The solution works across platform. An Android and iOS app is also being built.