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I am new recruiter.Recently,I was in panel to interview some candidates for a position.One of the panelist(interviewers) was a management consultant to our client and advised that the interview session be recorded on tape.I suggested that it will not be ethical to do so.But he quickly added that we could legitematly request the consent of the interviewee(candidate) if could he/she be put on tape.I quickly added that it may work against our main objective of getting accurate and correct assesment of the candidate as he may become self concious and not be forthcoming.Besides there are issues of confidentiality etc.I for one will not feel confortable being put on recorded tape!The consultant insisted that he had participated in over 100 interviews and there was nothing unusual about that and besides he needed to have the interview process taped to enable him play back the discusion to assist him in reviewing the candidates and to better improve the interview process.At the end the client(CEO) overuled that the interview should be taped.My question ;Is it proper to tape interviews?Even with the consent of the candidate?
dear friend,
interviews are a distinction from inquiries. where as the objective may be the same - to probe the candidates background, experiences, aspirations etc., the need to tape (audio or video) is not something that would be in line with the normative practices in HR. as an HR professional, you have received adequate training in aspects related to judging the suitablility of a candidate. further there are tools (psychometric tests etc.) that help you to hone the selection criteria and results. also as much as recruitment is a 'science', it is also an 'art' which one perfects through experience.
i personally would not support such a proposition.

Interview process should not be recorded whether or not you have the consent of the candidate. This for one will leave the candidate nervous, conscious. Then the reason that you'll review the interview session is totally baseless. As very rightly said by Singh, there are techniques and tools to judge the candidate and recruiters are well trained to see which will be the best fit to the organization.
Interview session SHOULD NOT be recorded.

Dear All,
The issue is indeed thought-provoking.However, I don't see what useful
purpose recording of an interview will serve unless there is a broader issue of the entire interview process being under some kind of suspicion.
Hiring,by definition, is entirely the domain of the prospective employer and the decision to select or reject is solely with the employer.Therefore,
there is no need to record a fair interview process and for bulk recruitment
I would prefer wrtten tests which have universal acceptance.


I strongly disagree with the idea of the interviews being taped with/without the consent of the interviewee, as rightly pointed out by you that the interviewee might become concious and will try to give an answer which should get taped and not the one which is desired by the panel.

since you mentioned that it was a panel interview, where is the need to get the interview taped ?as there are few learned people already in the room who can recollect the answers given by the interviewee at any later point of time.

the idea of an interview is to assess the interviewee but prior to that we as an interviewer must amke him feel comfortable, by recording the interview we are making him consious that the tape can be used at a later stage against him.

as it is we are constantly noting down the comments/statements that the interviewee makes in black and white so why is it necessary to record the interview?

I donot have any idea of the legal aspects about this procedure but ethically i feel that it is unethical on the part of the interviewer to even ask the interviewee about the interview being taped, (very few interviewees will disagree with the interviewer).

however whatever i have metioned is my personal point of view.


Sonit Singh

Certainly.. recording personal interview are not commonplace.. but one has to remember.. if the interviewer and the interviewee mutually agree without any pressure.. or psychological stress, there is nothing wrong in interviewing and recording the interview...
believe.. me you can use it create an intimidating environment for the interviewee and that can measure his level of undergoing that stress..
However, if the interviewee does not agree to his interview being recorded.. he should give legitimate/logical reasons.. for the same.. or just chuck the interview and suggest that he shall not be comfortable being interviewed and recorded..
Its a choice.. for the candidates.
All-in-All was a refreshing topic that I read.. and appreciate the efforts of the original guy/gal who posted this idea

goodevening sir,
thank you so much for suggesting interview techniques.they were useful.
can u also pls give some tips for interviewee as nowadays placements are at peak.
also sir,companies generally take group discussions n than shortlist for interview.i have appeared in 2 GD's but couldnt clear it.
give m tips in this regard too.

okay it may not be recorded but i dont think so what is a problem if u r recording it.. obviously it will help you and review again on your relaxing position.... at the time of interview sometimes in pressure you cant judget but after when u relax u can easily review it.. anyways i just write it..

hello this is sandhya i joined a automotive company (HERO MOTORS - The hero group of companies) 2 months before as an trainee executive-HR actually i want to know what is the best starting to work, what should i do show my best performance to my bose.
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