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Interviewing Research: Candidates in Research Orgs

Marie O'Sullivan
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This spotlight derives from the analysis of over 1250 respondents who completed an optional survey, made available to all candidates completing automated video interviews for Sonru clients in the research sector between January 2017 and March 2018.

The Candidate Experience

  • 92% felt sufficiently informed about what was required
  • 83% satisfaction with the candidate experience, 12% neutral
  • 95% would complete a video interview again

Video Interview Completion Specifics

  • 14% completed their video interview on a mobile device
  • 87% finished their video interview at home
  • 24% completed their video interview in their native language

Other Key Findings from Candidates in Research Organisations

  • 21% of respondents had completed an automated video interview in the past
  • 71% had positive feelings toward the hiring company when they received the invitation to complete the interview, with a further 25% neutral
  • 86% confidence in how the technology worked
  • Choosing the time / not having to take time off work emerged as the most popular benefit of video interviewing

Feedback: Candidates in Research Organisations

“It shows that they are forward-thinking, which is exactly the type of place where I want to work.”

“I think it’s the perfect way for a company to interview overseas candidates.”

“It’s an objective method, which is good for the first screening.”

A company using this technology looks very professional and “up to date” to me using our technologies available.”

“Very positive experience, the possibility of practice was great.”

“Everything simple and good user experience.”

“The degree of professionalism is exemplary.”

Respondent Demographics: Candidates in Research Organisations

  • 46% of respondents were under 35 years of age, and 22% were over 45
  • 66% Male and 34% Female
  • Varied roles including Engineering/Science, Admin/HR, and IT

This research spotlight was first published in the Sonru Video Interviewing library, which published contributions and research from Sonru clients and candidates between 2010 and 2020.