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

By 6 Oct 2021Jan 14th, 2022Recruitment3 min read

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

A person thinking about an online interview.

  • 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.

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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.


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.

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

Also read: How one-way interview software can save a company time

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.

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Francois de Wet

Ever heard of an Industrial Psychologist? Well now you have! Francois de Wet is the founder of Wamly, talent expert and former coach to many high profile corporates and CEO's. Fran is super passionate about recruitment and believes people are the heartbeat of every business. Read our founding story.