SmartSearch Announces Partnership with to help Recruiters Conduct live job Interviews Online

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Online video recruiting emerges as a hot new trend and virtual interviewing reduces costs by up to 600%

Recruiters using browser-based on-demand virtual interviewing have experienced cost reductions for initial interviews up to 600 percent. Companies that spend an average of $650 to $2,000 for an initial interview with a job candidate when travel is involved

Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS) rolled out a new integration with to the SmartSearch talent acquisition and recruiting software, allowing users to take advantage of live virtual interviews online. In tough economic times, virtual interviewing is revolutionizing the hiring process, and fast becoming a best practice as employers realize significant cost savings from reduced travel expenses, as well as ability to make better hiring decisions by increasing the size of the candidate pool and identifying “good fit” candidates faster.

While the online virtual interviews don’t take the place of in-person interviews, the new integration enables SmartSearch users to screen out candidates who are a poor fit much earlier in the recruiting process. With one click of the mouse, recruiters conduct face-to-face meetings with candidates in real time, anywhere in the world. There is no software to download and all the candidates need is an internet connection and a webcam. SmartSearch supports up to 16 video feeds, making it ideal for panel interviews or coordination with hiring managers and department heads across multiple locations. The set-up is simple, and provides 24/7 support for hiring managers and candidates to be certain they are ready to go online before their interview time.

“Recruiters using browser-based on-demand virtual interviewing have experienced cost reductions for initial interviews up to 600 percent. Companies that spend an average of $650 to $2,000 for an initial interview with a job candidate when travel is involved,” said Greg Rokos, president of “Now, they can set up a live, real-time virtual interview and see candidates face-to-face with no travel costs. The cost is only $49.99 per half hour of interview time after an initial $299.99 setup fee that includes a high-quality webcam for the company. Webcams can also be sent to candidates for $29.99 plus shipping.”

“Video is changing the way employers and job seekers get to know each other,” said Doug Coull, President and CEO at APS, “Live, online virtual interviewing raises the likelihood of a better hire by giving recruiters deeper insight into the candidate’s personality, in less time. Virtual interviews are also more convenient for recruiters, hiring managers, and enhance the candidate experience since anyone can participate from their office, home, or anywhere with an internet connection.”

In addition to minimizing costs and saving time, online virtual interviews reduce environmental impact. mails client-branded webcams and instructions on using them to candidates and hiring managers. In keeping with its eco-friendly theme, ships its webcams in recyclable boxes. At the appointed time, the candidate logs on to a web site that’s been customized and branded to resemble the "look and feel" of the client's, and the interview begins.

Video and virtual recruiting technology is not new to the talent acquisition and staffing industry. Virtual job fairs began in the early 90’s and have become common on popular employment sites such as and CareerBuilder. Employers have added short recruiting videos to their corporate sites such as virtual tours, interviews and chats with company executives and employees, and day-in-the-life short movies of what people do in particular positions. Video is also used to post and distribute jobs; Monster Canada offers the ability to insert streaming video into job listings. More recently, video is being used to simulate real-world scenarios as a behavioral assessment tool for recruiters.

Increased use of video technology and virtual recruiting are becoming key components of a successful talent acquisition strategy. Organizations that fail to incorporate these tools into the recruiting process may soon find that themselves at a competitive disadvantage.

About SmartSearch: Advanced Personnel Systems has developed and deployed quality talent management and recruiting solutions since 1986. Having pioneered the field of resume-scanning-based recruiting solutions, APS is a recognized leader in on-demand technology and innovative approaches to recruitment data management. Its signature product, SmartSearch, currently in its thirteenth release, is built for third-party integrations to various recruiting services providers using advanced web-services technology.

About creates positive and valuable experiences in live virtual interviewing. By utilizing secure, browser-based technology and support services, organizations and candidates interact face-to-face while minimizing costs, maximizing time, and reducing environmental impact.

This press release was distributed through PR Web by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: on behalf of the company listed above.


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