The Case for a Virtual First Round

By Kevin Roth

“If she’s not willing to come on-site for the first interview, she’s probably not serious about making a move. We’ll pass.”

Hiring managers, let’s be better than this!

The average video interview takes a total of 45-60 minutes of a candidate’s time, including preparation and setup.

On the contrary, the average on-site interview takes closer to 3-4 hours, including round-trip travel to your office and waiting while at your office.

Give a candidate the opportunity to at least get excited about your company and role before expecting that level of commitment. Not only will it save them time, but it will also save you and your team quite a bit of effort and coordination if you/they decide it’s not worth having the on-site after that initial call.

While you can absolutely push for a first round interview to be in-person, you should be prepared, willing and able to have that step be virtual if requested.

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