Video Interview Software For Modern Businesses

Pre-recorded and live video interviewing gives you a full picture of your candidates in a fraction of the time.

The Most Efficient and Cost-Effective Way to Conduct Job Interviews

VidCruiter's Video Interviewing Platform Video interviewing software is becoming an increasingly popular tool for companies looking to streamline the traditional interview process. This innovative approach is used in various stages of hiring, from the early screening stages to the final interviews. By leveraging the power of video, recruiters save time and money while increasing the overall quality of their candidate pool. There are two types of video interviewing: Pre-Recorded Interviewing and Live Interviewing.

What Is the Difference Between Live and Pre-recorded Video Interviews?

Illustration of a Person Conducting a Pre-Recorded Video Interview


“Like Netflix for interviewing.”



“Like Skype but built for recruiting.”

Illustration of Two People Conducting a Live Video Interview

The difference is simple. With pre-recorded, applicants complete the interview by responding to pre-set questions and the system records their answers, meaning there’s no recruiter attending the interview. When using live, applicants are talking to a recruiter face-to-face in an online interview.

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How Does it Work?

While there are similarities between both video interviewing products, there are some major differences in how the two systems work. Having two kinds of interviewing makes the process more flexible for candidates and recruiters.

Video Interviewing Dashboard on the VidCruiter Platform

Pre-recorded video interviewing is a method where an applicant is asked to record videos of themselves answering pre-determined interview questions. The candidates will typically record one video response per interview question while at home on a mobile device, laptop or tablet. It can also be completed at the applicant’s preferred time. These videos are then stored on a secure platform for a recruiter to sign in and watch at their convenience. Recruiters are able to watch, replay, share, fast-forward and save these video responses for later.

Live Video Interview on the VidCruiter Platform

Live interviews work by utilizing the most advanced video interview software available today, allowing the recruiter and candidate to meet face-to-face without being in the same room. Our system is able to connect recruiters or hiring managers to applicants in a secure online environment using webcams and microphones, which are typically built into mobile devices, tablets, and laptops today. The system also lets you schedule interviews automatically, or using the ad-hoc scheduler.

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When to Use Each Type of Video Interviewing

While it’s up to the user to decide which video interviewing product to use at any given stage of the recruitment process, there are scenarios when one product performs better than the other. For example, a pre-recorded video interview isn’t the most efficient tool to use when performing finalist interviews.

Pre-Recorded Video Interview Rating Charts on the VidCruiter Platform

Pre-recorded video interviewing was designed to help recruiters with the screening stage of the recruiting process. At this stage, a recruiter is narrowing down their candidate pool to the top applicants by conducting phone interviews. With pre-recorded interviews, recruiters no longer need to schedule phone interviews or spend time asking the same questions repeatedly. The one-way interview functionality is a huge time-saver, as there is no need for recruiters to be present at every interview or worry about candidates no-showing.

Choosing Raters for a Video Interview on the VidCruiter Platform

Live video interviews are typically used to narrow down the shortlist of candidates to finalists. Recruiters often use live interviews to replace the first in-person interview as it is vastly more efficient and reduces overall costs. Since live video interviews still feel like an in-person interview for both the candidate and the recruiter, many vendors recommend using the software as a replacement for those initial in-person interviews.

💻 What is a video interview?

A video interview electronically connects hiring professionals with candidates, allowing HR professionals to interview applicants face-to-face without them having to be in the same room. This popular interviewing technique is so convenient, efficient and affordable, it has replaced many outdated hiring processes such as phone interviews. It’s become the new standard for recruiting. Video interviewing goes by several other names, including:

  • Virtual interviews
  • Digital interviews
  • Video screening
  • Video screening interviews
  • Video conferencing interviews

All these terms refer to the series of questions asked to job candidates via video. Advancements in technology have greatly improved the video interviewing process, making it more streamlined and integrated with other online hiring tools. Some sophisticated video interviewing platforms serve as a complete recruitment solution, helping manage every stage of the recruitment process.

⚙️ How do video interviews work?

Video interviews work in much the same way as in-person job interviews—but they are conducted using video conferencing software. Start by creating a list of intelligent interview questions to minimize bias in the hiring process. Implementing a structured digital interview methodology eliminates the guesswork and provides a fair line of questioning for all interviewed applicants. When you’re ready to conduct the video interview, you, any other people involved in the hiring process, and the applicants will need:

  • An electronic device connected to the internet
  • A laptop
  • Desktop computer
  • Tablet
  • Mobile phone
  • Functional webcam and microphone

Choose to meet online in real-time (live video interviewing) by using interview scheduling software to arrange a mutually-convenient time, or arrange a pre-recorded video interview. In this scenario, job applicants are shown questions one at a time and then they record their answers. Either way, video interviews are setup via a simple email invitation containing the link. HR professionals can easily rate and make comments on candidate’s video interviews, allowing hiring teams to collaborate and shortlist applicants with ease.

❓ Why use video interviewing?

There are many reasons why so many companies and organizations have switched to video interviewing. Video interviews help:

  • Reduce time-to-hire by up to 80%
  • Cut costs, especially travel-related expenses
  • Minimize emissions from reduced travel
  • Eliminate the frustration of phone tag and long email exchanges
  • Decrease hiring bias
  • Find top talent anywhere in the world

Unlike one-dimensional resume and telephone interviews, video interviews reveal much more information about candidates. Why? Because interviewers can see applicants’ facial expressions, hand gestures, mannerisms, as well as background indicators, helping HR professionals get a better picture of the people they’re interviewing before making them a job offer.

📲 Are there different types of video interviews?

Yes, there are two different types of video interviewing methods that HR professionals can use to meet candidates online:

Pre-recorded video interviews consist of a series of predetermined interview questions, which are sent to applicants so they can record their responses. This is a very popular method of video interviewing because recruiters and hiring professionals simply watch and grade the recorded videos when time allows. Since there is no need to arrange a set time to meet online, pre-recorded video interviews (sometimes called one-way or on-demand interviews) make schedule conflicts and time zone considerations a thing of the past.

Live video interviews Live video interviews connect hiring professionals and teams with job applicants face-to-face in real-time at a distance at a mutually-convenient time (interview scheduling makes this a breeze). Think of it as a professional version of video platforms like Zoom and Skype. Professional video interviewing software takes video conferencing freebies to the next level by providing a secure, reliable and seamless connection with built-in candidate rating functionality. Neither type of video interview is “better” than the other; your preferred video interviewing style will depend on the structure of your hiring team and your unique recruitment objectives.

🔍 What should I look for in a video interview provider?

In our digital age, there are certainly no shortage of software offerings for recruiters. But make no mistake: not all video interview companies are the same. Consider these things when choosing a video interviewing platform:

  • Ease of use: How user-friendly is the software?
  • Pricing: How is the cost calculated?
  • Support & Training: What kind of support and training is offered?
  • Candidate Experience: How does the platform ensure a positive experience for job applicants?
  • Brand Promotion: Can you include and customize elements of your brand on the video interviewing tool?
  • Collaboration, Customization & Scalability: Is the software capable of growing alongside your business and engaging multiple stakeholders?
  • Mobile-friendly: Does the technology work on mobile apps?
  • Customization: How adaptable is the platform to your personal preferences?
  • Integrations: Does the platform integrate with your existing applicant tracking system (ATS)? Or better yet, does the provider offer its own ATS?
  • Structured Interviews: Are the same questions being asked to all applicants in the same order so the hiring team can evaluate candidates fairly?
  • Happy Customers & Referrals: Can the video interview provider share examples of satisfied customers and testimonials?
  • Thought Leadership: Does the technology have a reputation as being an industry leader that can share recruitment knowledge?

VidCruiter is the best video interviewing platform on the market. It can be easily customized to your unique hiring needs, helping HR professionals around the world find top talent more quickly while minimizing hiring expenses.

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Learn More About Video Interviewing Software

If you’re interested in learning more about this software and its value to recruiters, you’re in luck. We have lots more information about the system, just click on one of the links below to dive deeper into the capabilities of video interview software. You can also register for a live demo to learn more about our system.

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