When inundated with too many CVs, screening candidates during the hiring process is not only time-consuming, but can also become an extremely tedious and drawn-out task.

But now there’s a solution.

Starting with high tech companies, the use of automated online video interviewing has taken the recruitment industry by storm as a growing number of employers are quickly realising its benefits.

From an improved candidate experience, ease (and convenience) and reduced time-to-hire to improved screening and reduced costs, automated online video interviews are proving invaluable when it comes to trimming down your shortlist and ensuring you don’t miss out on the best talent.

But what kind of questions should you set up candidates with in an automated video interview to ensure you get the best return?

To help you get the most out of your video interviews, you might want to consider using some of these questions to help you distinguish the best from the rest.

‘What’s your background?’

This is a great question to set the interview off on the right foot. Like any interview, sitting an automated online video interview can be extremely daunting. By asking about their background first, you’re giving the interviewee a chance to get used to being on the camera and feel more comfortable.

‘What do you know about our company?’

This will help you identify which candidates are genuinely interested in the position and those that simply applied because they need a job.

And, since the interview is automated and candidates have a deadline to sit it by, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be taking the time to research your business in order to provide strong interview answers.

‘What are you looking for in a job?’

Use this question to determine if the candidate is a good fit for your culture. You can also use it to gain insight into what they’re looking to get out of the job. Do they want to learn more and develop their skills? Or do they focus more on pay and benefits? Perhaps they ‘just need a job’?

‘Why did you apply for this job?’

Everyone wants employees that are passionate about what they do. By asking this question early on in the hiring process, you can find out why they chose your particular industry and what their plans are for the future.

‘Is there anything else you’d like to say?’

You may get a heartfelt response – something the interviewee was desperate to say during the interview but didn’t get a chance. Likewise, they may want to fill in a gap or touch on something that was maybe missed in the interview or they felt was under explained.

These are just a few of the questions you can ask in an automated online video interview to help you not only get your answer, but also a glimpse of the prospective employee’s personality, communication and presentation skills and more.

When done correctly, automated online video interview solutions are the perfect answer to identifying quality whilst saving time during the recruitment process – enabling you to focus on getting the right person for your team on-board, sooner.

What questions do you ask in a video interview? Let us know below.

By Phil Roebuck, webrecruit