You could play broken telephone with antiquated technology. Or you could get things done.

Technology is evolving faster than you can download the last episode of Game of Thrones. And with access to uncapped, shaped, fibre-optic data speeds that happens pretty quickly. So why are we still using technology created in the late 1800s to conduct interviews?

Recruiters originally started using telephone interviewing because it saved time compared to the alternative: in-person interviews. Instead of having to travel somewhere and conduct an interview for an hour, recruiters could conduct a telephonic interview in 30 minutes. But today, video interviewing is even faster. And cheaper. And better. Here’s why:

1. Speedy interviews

Recruiting is a drawn-out process. First you go through a million CVs to find good candidates. Then you need to interview a bunch of them to decide on the right one. So with multiple positions to fill, you could do with as much saved time as possible.

Enter the video interview: A technique that gives you the time-saving benefits of a phone call, with the in-person benefits of meeting a person face-to-face. But wait, there’s more!

Need even more time? Try a one-way video interview. You send the candidate a list of questions and they record their video answers in their own time. Basically, you can conduct as many people-facing interviews as you want, without actually having to fit it into your diary. All you do is find a good host (like envisionme, obviously) and off you go!

2. Cost per candidate

Time is money. And so are long phone calls. Something you don’t always have time or money for. So with data costs being much lower than call rates these days, it makes financial sense to adopt a strong video-interviewing practice.

3. Multiple dimensions

The world is a village. You can easily employ someone from China. The internet gives you affordable access to face-to-face interviews with anyone in the world. And you can pick up a lot more about their character (or what they’re saying, if they’ve got an unfamiliar accent) when you’ve got body language and eye contact to work with.

Bottom line? Going the video interviewing route is totally worth your while.