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Video Conferencing Technology Allows for Better Remote Screening

September 12, 2016

If you can’t meet someone in person, video is the next best thing. Specifically, there’s an advantage to live streaming video that allows both parties to interact in real time with as few distractions as possible. And while video will never replace in-person interactions, it’s certainly becoming more popular in a variety of industries.

Landlords Turning to Video Conferencing Tools

For landlords and property owners, there’s nothing more important than the application screening process. Get the right tenant in a property and you’ll enjoy steady cash flow. Accidently let the wrong tenant slip through the cracks, though, and issues will abound.

In-person interviews are always preferred, but sometimes they aren’t practical. This is especially true when landlords are managing their properties remotely. In these situations, video conferencing comes in handy and is a great deterrent against scams.

“In person is best, but if that’s not possible, do it over the phone or Skype,” Houston-based Green Residential says. “It’s more difficult for scammers to fake a personal interview, and most won’t waste their time trying to, in any case.”

It also works the other way for prospective tenants who are out of town and can’t see a property in person prior to filling out an application. “Skype meetings are a great way to meet someone virtually and get a sense of who they are and what kind of tenant they will be,” Landlord Station explains. “It’s also a great way to give them a virtual tour of the property to make sure that they will be happy with it.”

Many Businesses Prefer Video Interviews

While landlords are the most recent professionals to adopt video conferencing tools, businesses have been using them for years to screen applicants and eliminate geographical barriers.

One of the primary benefits of video interviews is that they save companies time. This is very important for large organizations that deal with hundreds or thousands of applicants on a regular basis. According to one business, it’s possible to interview three-times as many people in roughly 80 percent of the time.

Think about how much more practical video interviews are, especially in the early rounds. Instead of calling in 100 applicants and dealing with the time commitment of getting people to your office and setting up a formal interview, businesses can run through dozens of quick interviews in a single day. This is even more convenient for candidates and could actually increase your ability to attract good talent. 

Next, there’s video screening. “Video screening is completed in your own time. You set the questions when you’re ready, and the candidates record their responses when they’re able to within your deadline,” Powermeeter points out.

The beauty of screening is that businesses don’t have to waste their time with candidates who aren’t good fits. Whereas it’s pretty awkward and unfair to ask a candidate to leave five minutes into an interview, it’s easy to turn off recorded video as soon as you realize the candidate won’t be hired.

The Future of Video Conferencing is Bright

Video conferencing technology obviously has huge potential for large corporations and is being used to help businesses overcome the challenges of operating in global marketplaces, but it can also be utilized in very simple ways. This includes interviewing and screening applicants for any variety of reasons.

The key to effective video conferencing is identifying the right tools and learning how to use them in positive ways. While video will never replace in-person communication, it certainly has the potential to tear down walls that once existed and facilitate safer, more accurate evaluations of both job candidates and tenant applications. 

Edited by Alicia Young