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Fortune 500 Company Says Live Virtual Interviews Significantly Reduce Recruiting Time and Costs

Chesapeake Energy Corp., ranked 296th in the 2010 Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations, and 34th on Fortune’s list of Best Companies to Work For, has dramatically reduced the time, hassles and costs of recruitment since partnering with to use live virtual interviews for candidates all over the country.

“What I really wanted was a way to knock out a lot of the travel associated with recruiting, to save time and save money, because at the end of the day, those are the most important resources in running a business,” says Kip Welch, director of recruitment for Chesapeake.

Welch estimates that using will eliminate at least a third of Chesapeake’s on-site interviews. That also eliminates the staff hours spent arranging interview logistics and travel, and coordinating schedules with hiring managers and others involved in the hiring process. It also reduces many of the bottlenecks that traditional on-site, face-to-face interviews create.

“We’ll still bring people in, of course, but not for the initial interview,” Welch says. “This eliminates the first initial meeting, the one where we determine whether the candidate is a good cultural fit for the company. You can’t determine that from a résumé or a taped interview. I really didn’t want a system where hiring managers just read a list of questions, the candidates respond, and we got a recording or file to watch later. That doesn’t meet my needs.”

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Chesapeake has field offices in over 20 locations, from the East Coast to Texas to the western United States, and last year, it filled over 1,100 positions. Because of the number of non-local candidates – and Chesapeake’s expansive geographic footprint – an estimated 600 candidates had to either be flown to Oklahoma City for interviews or the company had to arrange for a hiring manager to travel to them.

In addition to saving Chesapeake time and money in the recruiting process, delivers ease of use, complete customer service, flexibility and dedication to delivering on its marketing promises, Welch says.

Ease of Use – Welch first tried as part of a sales demonstration, after the company sent him a webcam via overnight mail. “I set it up, and they were on the other end, and they walked me through it in a few minutes,” Welch says. “From there, I wanted to try it.”

Complete Customer Service – contacts every candidate in advance of a scheduled interview to make sure the candidate received the webcam, and it conducts what GreenJobInterview calls a tech check to ensure the system is properly set up. This was major support for Chesapeake, Welch says.

“They make sure there’s not a window behind the person throwing a big glare onto the camera or monitor, or that the background is not distracting,” Welch says. “They don’t coach the candidates at all. But they make sure the setting is optimal for us to have the best result. And our people never have to worry about whether the camera and system will work or take time to set up anything.”

Flexibility – allows Welch to arrange for a candidate to be interviewed by any number of hiring mangers or potential job managers without rearranging schedules or needing to arrange follow-up visits. It also makes it possible for executives and recruiters who are traveling to conduct candidate interviews while they’re away. “Again, that’s a big savings of time and, in the end, money,” Welch says.

Delivering on its Promises – “I get so many calls from companies offering creative solutions, that I’m always skeptical,” Welch says. “Most are going to have hidden costs, or not be everything they say they are. did exactly what it said it would do, and more.” provides solutions for recruiters to conduct secure, live virtual interviews without any need for travel, software or downloads, significantly reducing the financial and time costs involved. With outstanding customer service and personal attention to detail for each client, is the leader in live virtual interviews.

As the leader in live virtual interviews, creates positive experiences for job candidates and hiring organizations. By utilizing secure, browser-based technology and support services, interviewers and prospects interact face-to-face while minimizing costs, maximizing time, and reducing environmental impact. No travel, software or downloads required. Begin your experience at


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