Hinterview Vs Zoom/Teams: what's the difference?

Whether it’s a work meeting, speaking to your Nan, or weekly Pilates, COVID-19 has accelerated the use of video to a point of no return. Even when we reach a time when face-to-face meetings are happening as “normal”, I think we’d all agree that video will still play a huge part in helping us to work more efficiently.

Why use Hinterview for video interviews?

So with the recent increased demand for video tools, it's no surprise that when we launched our Crowdfunding Campaign earlier this month, one of the most common questions was, “Why use Hinterview when I’ve already got a video tool, like Teams?” The answer is quite straightforward. Teams and Hinterview are both great video tools. The key difference is that Teams is a generic video tool, and Hinterview is a suite of recruitment-specific video tools, purpose-built to optimise the recruitment process from start to finish. Both will allow you to conduct a 2-way video interview. But that’s about all they have in common. Teams is for generic communication, Hinterview is purpose-built for recruitment. Take cars as an example. A Ferrari and a Land Rover are both cars, but which one would you chose to go off-roading in? You'd choose the tool that was purpose-built and optimised for the job at hand. 

Recruitment-specific features for video interviews

Hinterview is a video tool with a suite of features which are purpose-built to optimise the recruitment process at every stage. Here’s a quick round-up of the additional features you’ll get with Hinterview, compared with generic tools like Teams, Zoom or Skype.

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GDPR compliance and security

GDPR compliance is high on the agenda for recruitment. Hinterview has been built with dual-factor consent technology to make sure that all activity on the platform is GDPR-compliant, and recruiters don’t have to worry about additional forms or processes. Hinterview, being built by recruiters who fully understand the implications of security and GDPR in the recruitment process, has privacy at the heart of its platform design.


A unique feature in the Hinterview suite of tools is Hintro. Hintro is a video engagement tool which enables recruiters to record short, personalised one-way videos that can be easily shared at the click of a button with clients or candidates through LinkedIn, email or even Whatsapp. Documents can be displayed alongside videos for easy reference, and real-time play analytics go direct to your inbox so you can follow up quickly and keep candidates engaged. You can also run Hintro campaigns – which are explained below.


The chances are you'll need answers to some screening questions. What better way to deliver them than in quick self-recorded candidate videos? You can kill two birds with one stone - screening questions and interpersonal/presentation skills. Candidates can record answers in their own time, and hiring managers can review them at a time that suits them best, making the process really efficient. You can even bookmark questions to save even more time when reviewing. You can also use the campaigns feature to mass mail questions to prospective candidates.


Hinterview is a core feature of the platform – it’s our 2-way video tool, optimised for recruitment. Again, documents can be displayed alongside videos, which are stored securely in a bespoke client portal so that multiple stakeholders can review candidates efficiently, all in one 100% secure portal.


Hintros and Hinterviews can be mass shared across multiple platforms (LinkedIn, email, Whatsapp) directly from the platform using Campaigns. Our platform has been built by ex-recruiters, so we understand how recruitment works. This means that the workflows are super simple and optimised to save you time, whilst ensuring you achieve the maximum impact with your clients and candidates.

Client Portal

The Portal is a great way for recruiters to share shortlists of candidates with hiring managers. Multiple stakeholders can review and comment on the list. Everything in one place, easy!

Training and marketing materials

We know how important training is when new tech is introduced. Our expert team will deliver tailored training and a bespoke on-boarding package, including white-labeling, to make sure your whole company maximises the benefits of the Hinterview tools. We’ll provide marketing materials with your branding on, along with some strategic guidance on how best to promote your new tool.

So, what’s the verdict?

Teams will allow you to conduct a 2-way video call, but Hinterview’s suite of tools helps to optimise the recruitment process at every stage, enabling you to be more efficient, attract the best talent, and , if you're a recruiter, win more business by offering a premium service. 

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