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How one-way interviewing software compares to the traditional hiring process

By 26 May 2022Benefits & Features2 min read
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  • Many people are asking how one-way video interviewing software compares to the traditional hiring process. 
  • One way interviewing software allows companies to send applicants a link to complete a recorded interview without a panel being present. 
  • It has been found to save companies time in terms of completing the interviews and reviewing them. 

With more and more companies making use of one-way video interviewing software, many are asking how it compares to the traditional hiring process.

One-way video interviews allow companies to send applicants a link to complete a recorded interview without a panel being present.

The software prompts questions the candidate has to answer within a time limit, and once completed, the company is alerted, which can then review it in their own time.

Here’s how one-way video interviewing software compares to traditional face to face interviews:


Traditional face-to-face: A candidate has to travel to an interview and the time that the interview takes to be completed.

One-way video interviews: The length and time allocated according to the interview guide, which is around 10 minutes. This is a tenth of the amount of time a face-to-face interview would’ve taken.

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Traditional face-to-face: Travel related costs, and logistical costs for finding a suitable venue, refreshments if necessary, and the lost productivity of managers not being in the job.

One-way video interviews: The data used for the one-way-video interview, which is around 400 MB in a typical interview guide of ten questions.

Technical requirements 

Traditional face-to-face: No technical requirements for a face-to-face interview aside from the device used to schedule/communicate the interview.

One-way video interviews: Any webcam-enabled device such as a smartphone. Roughly half of South Africa has smartphones, and Wamly supports most (and older) smartphones as it is a South African company.

Review Process 

Traditional face-to-face: Time of actual interview, deliberations afterwards, shortlisting, making offers and final hire. This process typically takes around 60 days.

One-way video interviews: Interview panel reviews recorded interviews separately and in their own time where they rate each candidate. Can review as many as 30 one-way video interviews in an hour. Top-rated candidates are invited for a final interview before hiring. The process typically takes around 20 days.

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Interviewing software has been found in companies where it is implemented as much as 80% of the time that it would’ve been spent on hiring.

Managers themselves can review as many as 30 one-way interviews in an hour, around the same time it would’ve taken to complete one two-way interview.

Francois de Wet

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