Seek’s video interview system cuts hiring process by 10 hours

EMPLOYMENT marketplace Seek is launching a new video interview platform, claiming it can reduce the hiring process by 10 hours or more.

Seek’s partnership with the Spark Hire video interviewing platform is aiming to produce results “10 times faster than traditional phone recruitment methods” according to Seek Australia and New Zealand managing director Michael Ilczynski. 

Mr Ilczynski described the Seek Video Screen system as “a collaborative candidate shortlisting and assessment tool” that helps employers and recruiters to connect with ‘highly relevant talent’ faster than ever before. 

Mr Ilczynski said the partnership with Spark Hire was another example of how efficient technology can be at streamlining the screening and shortlisting process.

“By partnering with leading technology companies like Spark Hire we continue to demonstrate our commitment to providing competitive advantages for recruiters and companies driving more hires and increased revenues,” he said.

He said Seek Video Screen would simplify and add value by reducing inefficiencies ⎼ no matter the stage of the recruitment process. He said the system was applicable across all role types, from high volume customer facing roles all the way through to highly skilled front-end developer roles.

According to Mr Ilczynski, through video interview submissions, hirers and recruiters could review suitable candidates in less time, make more informed hiring decisions to increase candidate conversion rates and speed up time-to-placement. He said Seek Video Screen removed friction from the screening process, to save time and money.

“By conducting video interviews, hiring teams can better evaluate personality and communication skills in far less time; improving quality of hire and allowing candidates to showcase their personality and their skills,” Mr Ilczynski  said. “With collaboration features and sharing options, hiring teams can facilitate thoughtful discussions on which candidates they should pursue.”

Spark Hire CEO Josh Tolan said through Seek his company could “help more recruiters and employers make informed short-listing decisions in a reduced timeframe”.

“Video interviews can lessen unconscious bias and make compliance easier because hiring managers and recruiters can compare candidates side-by-side as they answer identical questions.  By removing any geographical limitations, Seek Video Screen allows hirers to access the best talent regardless of location,” Mr Tolan said.

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with Seek to bring our video screening solution to Australian and New Zealand recruitment agencies and businesses.”

National Australia Bank (NAB), talent volume acquisition manager, Michael Virgo has been overseeing Seek Video Screen’s adoption as part of NAB’s volume hiring model.

Mr Virgo said the system had been instrumental in effectively managing large quantities of candidate interviews.

 “As part of our volume hiring, Seek Video Screen gives us specific insights into candidates in much less time, and gives our candidates a positive experience that is fast and straightforward.”

According to Seek’s Mr Ilczynski, video interviewing was growing in popularity with recruiters and employers because it provided “a better picture of job applicants than other early stage recruitment techniques such as phone screening or online surveys”.

“Our internal talent acquisition team has been testing Seek Video Screen in place of phone screen when hiring customer facing roles.,” Mr Ilczynski said. “We have seen a reduction in initial screen times by 10 hours. 

“Our recruiters have reported increased confidence in the quality of candidates shortlisted via video screen, leading to further efficiencies downstream including fewer interview rounds, a quicker time-to-placement and better-quality hires.”



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