Global video platform goes mobile

Video interviewing platform Wowzer is being made available for devices using Apple’s iOS operating system.

November 2012 | By Sue Weekes

Video interviewing platform Wowzer is being made available for devices using Apple’s iOS operating system. 

Although US-based, Wowzer’s platform is used by global companies — UK clients include brewer Molson Coors (UK & Ireland) and University College London. Global clients include Adidas, Deloitte and Intel.

Wowzer Candidate for jobseekers and Wowzer Hiring for interviewers allow users to carry out live or asynchronous video interviews. The latter gives recruiters the opportunity to record questions, then invite the candidate to do the interview when it suits them. The recruiter can review answers at their convenience. The asynchronous option allows candidates in different time zones to be interviewed and Wowzer co-founder and chief executive Rodrigo Martinez told Recruiter that “a recruiter can use the platform with the user interface displayed in their native language, while candidates can experience the user interface in a different language”.

Wowzer is being integrated with Oracle Taleo, which means recruiters can view Wowzer video interviews in the applicant tracking system. 

Martinez said the integrations are a response to clients’ need to simplify the number of tools they use. “Once they see how easy it is to use our platform they have preferred to immediately do video interviews in a standalone setting before getting their technical teams involved in the full integration,” said Martinez. 

He added that although there is higher adoption of video interviewing in the US, UK companies are becoming more receptive to it. However, concerns have been raised on both sides of the pond about the potential for increased discrimination early in the recruitment process. 

Martinez contended that discrimination does not come inherently with video interviewing and is no more hazardous than looking at someone’s picture on an online network or making a hiring decision after a meeting.

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