Timing is everything. In 2010 we launched a product called Virtual Interviewer. It was very similar to HireVue where interviewees respond to specific questions in a Skype style interview. At the time we thought that it was an excellent idea and with some strong interest from our clients we launched the product.

As we know timing is everything in the market. Whilst we had some success initially the overall uptake of the product didn't kick off as we had hoped.  Ultimately, the wider market wasn't ready for such a product and the idea of removing face to face contact was too ingrained into HR and overall views on interviewing. 

Fast forward over 6 years later and the uptake on organisations accepting of the idea is rapidly snowballing - particularly in the US.  

Is New Zealand ready to embrace video interviews, or will the face to face barrier be too big to overcome?