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Companies Will Soon Be Able to Conduct Web-Based Job Interviews

Would You Want a Web-Based Job Interview?

Imagine being able to interview for jobs all over the world — without leaving your hometown?!

Companies LiveHire and LeafsofTalent are looking to blow up the workforce with Webcam Interview Ready Rooms (WIRRs) and Interview Ready Rooms (IRRs), so that employers and potential employees can connect remotely for job interviews. The plus side is, you won't have to worry about whether you should shake their hand.

I think it's an exciting and logical conclusion — phone interviews have long been the standard for preliminary interviews, so this is like a halfway step between that and an a physical, face-to-face interview. Would you want your job interview to be web based?


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silversnowflake silversnowflake 9 years
I think that sounds like a great idea. The overall draw back that I hope companies will duly compensate for is applicants ability to get an overall feel on interviews. If people are not meeting each other face to face and applicants are not on site at the place they might work, the chance of getting a true feel for the work atmosphere and being able to draw conclusions on instinct are minimal. If that can be well compensated for, then I might be more for web based job interviews than I already am.
MKlaebel MKlaebel 9 years
I think web-based job interviews have a couple of advantages over phone interviews. One, you get to see and be seen. Two, you are showing your computer ability in setting up and using a webcam and the interviewer's software of choice for the video chat. The ability to see your interviewer allows you to respond not only to words, but to body language and facial expressions. This is impossible on the phone. And sometimes, body language says something completely different from the speaker's words.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
I've been trying to get a job in LA and I live in NY. Now that the price of plane tickets has skyrocketed, I have had to turn down interviews! I think this is very innovative, and it makes a lot of sense.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i've been doing phone interviews for a few months as i search for a job in seattle while still in kc. it would have been nice for people to see me as they talked to me. but mostly for me to see them. sometimes you can't be there for in person interviews. this is the next best thing and it's just as effective.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 9 years
A good idea but I think it depends on what type of job. For example, if the job calls for people-savvy skills, I think it should be a person-to-person interview, but if the job is mostly like no contact with clients like a web designer, then the idea is fine.
Jennipoo Jennipoo 9 years
cool concept, but it depends on the job. a web designer, sure! a therapist--- person is more useful.
heineken67 heineken67 9 years
After spending a ton to fly myself to schools across the country, I can say that I would fully support web-based interviews. If the applicant is expected to pay for the (mandatory) trip, then there should be an alternative like this.
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
I wouldn't be opposed to one but I still think a physical face-to-face is better.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I think for first round, cross-country interviews it would be a great idea. Lord knows how expensive it is to fly, this could save companies a lot of money.
ladypenguin ladypenguin 9 years
I'd rather have an in-person interview, but it beats a phone interview!
amycullen2 amycullen2 9 years
I would only want a web based interview if an in person one was difficult. For example if I wanted to move out of the country and needed to find a job while not actually living in the country yet a web based interview would be perfect! But if I was in town, I would want that extra contact to make a lasting impression b/c I think it helps sell me as a potential employee.
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