Is it standard practice to interview local job applicants over videoconference?
March 8, 2006 5:33 PM Subscribe
Is it standard practice for an employer to interview a current employee (who works face to face with them every day) over a webcam?
posted by Joey Michaels to work & money (15 answers total)
I have been the acting director of my department for the last seven months while a nationwide job search has been going on for a permanent replacement.
The search committee narrowed the list of candidates down to four - three folks from out of state and me. I know everyone on the search committee.
Since they can't afford to fly in the three out of state folks, they chose to interview them over videoconference.
To "make it fair" to the three out of state applicants, my boss, the head of the committee, had them set up a camera in an office (which overlooked the room where the committee was doing the interviews) and conducted their interview with me over camera as well. At the end of the interview, my boss asked me to come downstairs and say hi to everyone.
The whole thing seemed absurd to me, but I recognize that interview procedures change all the time.
So, is this a normal practice these days? Do other businesses do this?