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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Is this the future of interviewing?

I came across this info on Makes you wonder if these types of new technology will one day change the future of interviewing/recruiting candidates.

Job interviews sometimes have a bad-first-date quality. Even if it's apparent there isn't a good match from the get-go, interviewers and applicants often feel obligated to go through the motions, exhaust all the questions and smile politely for the allotted time.

Now Reston high-tech recruiting firm Mindbank Consulting Group has developed the equivalent of online dating for companies and job seekers: the e-mailed video job interview.

Let's say five minutes into the interview, it's clear the applicant doesn't have the skills necessary for the project: Well, the hiring officer can just click the keyboard and move on to the next applicant. Or, say, a second opinion might be helpful in making a decision. No need to schedule more time; just forward the e-mail and have a colleague take a look in a spare moment.

Here's how it works: Mindbank solicits interview questions from its clients, mostly Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies looking for consultants to work on specific contracts. Mindbank then digitally records interviews with applicants from its pool of available workers and sends them electronically to potential employers, along with résumés and other information on the workers' technical skills.

So now it's possible for a company to hire a consultant without ever having to conduct an interview in person.

Mindbank has a history of innovation in human resources.

Mindbank President Neal S. Grunstra said his clients have been impressed with the e-mail video interview. "When you consider the amount of time spent interviewing candidates -- some managers claim that 25 percent of their time is spent in interviews -- . . . this can save them a huge amount of time," Grunstra noted in an e-mail.

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