Integrated Video Interviewing Tech versus Zoom: What’s Best for Your Staffing Firm?

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For some staffing firms, the shift to completely remote interviewing was a rapid one, with video interviews becoming an essential practice overnight. For others, the practice of using digital interviewing tools was only accelerated with the changes in how companies have had to work in the last several months. 

No matter which approach your firm has taken, there are several video interviewing solutions available, but that begs the question—how do remote interviewing solutions compare to widely-adopted remote meeting and conference tools like Zoom? This exact conversation came up in a recent panel discussion at the Bullhorn EngageX conference hosted by interviewstream, so we decided to tackle the topic head on.

Zoom is easy to navigate and great for quick video calls but when it comes to hiring, there’s not much more that it can offer. Video interviewing software has been developed specifically for hiring, with features designed to make the process as effective and efficient as possible for your staffing firm. Here are a few ways integrated video interviewing tech, like the interviewstream platform, differs from Zoom:

  • Ensured Data Security & Compliance

    Zoom has a good reputation for security and compliance, consistently releasing updates to improve security and further protect meeting attendees’ information. With any tech today though, exceptional security is the standard — there’s no room for error. For that reason, interviewstream is SOC II Type II certified and meets GDPR standards. With these security measures in place, you can rest easy knowing that your interview data and information is protected. 

    The interviewstream platform also allows hiring leaders to establish company-wide interview guides to follow, greatly reducing the risk of inviting unintentional bias or inadvertent violation of EEOC laws. Whether your operations span one state or fifty, guidelines are standardized across your organization, ensuring consistency and compliance throughout all of the interviews being held.

  • Simplified Prep Work

    Not only do interview guides improve compliance and brand consistency, but they also cut the preparation time for your hiring team in half. Instead of prepping questions and struggling to take notes during a Zoom meeting, video interviewing platforms provide easy access to information like core competencies, question sets, and back-end notes throughout the interview, meaning that recruiters never have to skip a beat. While the interview is in session, notes can be dropped directly into the candidate’s profile, which can be shared with your entire hiring team to make an informed decision on what was great (or not so great) about the potential hire.

  • More Valuable Candidate Interactions

    While Zoom may work well for hosting a meeting between a few people, that’s essentially where the platform’s capabilities stop. With integrated video interviewing tech, recruiters can host both two-way and one-way video interviews, a unique solution where candidates record responses to initial interview questions on their own time. Once completed, your team can provide feedback on the one-way interviews and then quickly choose top candidates from all applications.

    A resume doesn’t always tell the whole story—even if a resume isn’t perfectly polished, one-way interviews allow recruiters to get a better understanding of candidates that have potential. This potential can be identified without spending a ton of time preparing, executing, and following-up on a later stage interview with a candidate.

  • Integrated with Bullhorn

    Unlike Zoom, video interviewing software integrates directly with Bullhorn, where your team members can access all historical interview data in one place, including the recordings and real-time feedback that we touched on earlier.

    interviewstream’s platform allows recruiters to easily schedule interviews via Bullhorn by syncing with their calendar to offer interview time options to candidates. Once a candidate chooses an interview time, the meeting is added to the recruiter’s Google or Outlook calendar, and an automated email with instructions is sent to the candidate.

  • Streamlined Communication Between Everyone

    With video interviewing tech, whether you choose to conduct a one-way or two-way interview, there are no downloads or logins necessary for candidates to access your virtual meeting space. Meeting links take candidates to your company-branded portal, further reducing confusion and improving their overall experience.

    As we previously mentioned, video interviewing platforms like interviewstream make internal communication a breeze. All interviews are recorded and securely stored for up to two years. These recordings, along with feedback notes, question banks, candidate rankings, and more are visible amongst your entire hiring team, facilitating a seamless transfer of information before (and during) interviews.

While Zoom brings a lot to the table as a remote meeting tool, it simply isn’t the best tool for interviewing, especially for staffing firms. Regardless of your current business goals and open requisitions, video interviewing technology is an essential investment for an effective HR tech strategy. Provide your team the tools for success and be the best partner possible for your clients with interviewstream.


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