Using Video CVs to Find the Best Candidates

Finding the best candidates for your clients or internal open position can be tough, you want to show off your recruitment skills and only put forward the candidates you feel can confidently do the job. We’re sure you’ve tried and tested many procedures to do this, but have you looked into video CVs?

Identifying the Uncommitted Candidate

From the onset, video CVs allow you to identify candidates that don’t really want the position, as they will either turn down the option of creating a video CV or will question you negatively about it. This can save you valuable time within the recruitment process and will less likely damage your reputation as you won’t be giving clients a potential interview no-show.

With this in mind, you will also become aware of those who really want the job and aren’t afraid of completing a task that is out of their comfort zone. Yes, you may have to answer a few questions to help candidates understand what needs to be done, but that’s okay – video CVs are still a new process and some candidates may not have been asked to produce one before. State what it is you or your client are looking for and see what they come up with.

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Tech Skills

Video CVs are not only good for determining which candidates are willing to take on new tasks, but you will also be able to see their ICT and video skills in action, which is particularly important for roles where those skills are needed. However, even if the role is not related to video or IT, and it is clear the candidate is not as tech savvy, they will(hopefully) still be able to show that they have taken the time to research and learn how to plan, film, save and distribute their video CV which should give you a good idea of their resourcefulness.

Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

As well as technology skills, the two most important skills demonstrated in a video CV, that everyone should possess, are public speaking and presentation skills. The candidate should be able to sell themselves and what they have to offer, showing off their personality and making you want to hire them. Use this to your advantage and take what you’ve learned to probe deeper during the interview, from this they should make you feel confident that they can do the role.

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Will You be Using Video CVs?

So, the question is, will you be using video CVs in your recruitment process? We think they are an excellent asset and allow you to more readily identify whether the candidate is fit for the role or not. Not only this, but you will also save time during the recruitment process, and may not need to see as many candidates as you typically would.

Try it out, and let us know what you think, and if you feel like you need more information or advice contact us today on 0203 507 1717, by email to or by filling out the contact form on our contact page.