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Submitted by mkirk on


 I'm not a recruitment professional but I'm going to interview 10+ candidates in a week or so for my small business (i.e. no budget to hire a professional recruiter). It occurred to me that I could quite easily videtotape each interview which would enable me to subsequently review the better candidate's performances, to clarify their answers and to reduce the effects of my own tiredness/inexperience/bias. 

I am, however, concerned about other pitfalls or issues that I may not have thought of, from Data Protection to the effect on the interviewees to simple stuff like, what do I do if I run out of tape or the power goes?

Does anyone have any thoughts on this idea, or experience of the scenario? All advice gratefully received... thank you.



scm2423's picture

Will video taping the interviews become a crutch, will it enable you to wander off and not listen to the answers because you have a tape you can go to if required?  If you are doing 10+ interveiws a week, this a task you have to get good at, 10+ interviews is that 10+ hours, or 1/4 of your work week.  You have to be able to ask the questions, listen, make your notes and engage the interviewee.  Sure you can take shortcuts by taping the interview. But do you have time to review the tapes?  Are you going to review them all a second time, 10+ hours, or only a couple each week 2+ hours, that might not be efffective use of your time.  It might be better to work on your skills as an interviewer so you get everything the first time.  This are same skills you are using in your one-on-ones so you get weekly practice sessions.



jhack's picture

There are a number of free podcasts on MT about how to be effective as a candidate in an interview.  These are GREAT resources for you as an interviewer, too!   I recommend the Weakness question and the Leadership question podcasts to get a sense of how they can make you better.  

If you think they're good, then you should consider purchasing the entire Interview series.  It's a goldmine for interviewers, too. 

Either way, you'll learn a lot, and you will get better with practice.  I agree with Mr Happy - you don't need the video.  Trust yourself. 

John Hack