Why Video Is So Effective In Technical Hiring

November 15, 2023

Why Video Is So Effective In Technical Hiring?


It’s a fast-paced digital world, so why does recruitment remain the same for so many companies?

Your teams are building systems that transform your industry and push digital boundaries, so your recruitment needs to be tailored to you. After all, how can you change the game by remaining the same?

Here at F5 Consultants, we harness the power of video. And we really mean harness!

From start to finish, everything is bespoke, tailored video. From outreach to screening, to offering and succeeding, every stage involves video, and every stage is personal. Here’s why:


  1. Personalisation

Let’s be real. We’ve all been the recipient of a generic of a message template, often with the wrong name, the wrong job and a wider range of fonts than Microsoft Word has ever offered. We have adopted a “video-first” approach to connect with clients and candidates. By sending personalised video messages our consultants ensure that any outreach is relevant, emotional, and actually human. Your success is our success.


  1. Showcasing Company Culture

This is all about you, we’re here to show your best side (not that are any others!) and provide a glimpse of passion that you have for your work, providing candidates with insight into the organisation’s mission and vision. Such transparency helps candidates make informed decisions, and to share your enthusiasm for what you do!


  1. Assessing Soft Skills

People are so much more than a CV, a mantra that is often forgotten. Beyond the CV and qualifications, video interviews are excellent tools for assessing a candidate’s soft skills. Our consultants can gauge communication skills, professionalism, and cultural fit more accurately through video interactions. This is especially crucial in the tech industry, where teamwork and collaboration are vital.


  1. Time Efficiency

Video interviews save time for both consultants and candidates. Instead of scheduling in-person meetings, we can conduct preliminary interviews quickly and efficiently via video calls. This streamlines the recruitment process and ensures that only the most suitable candidates progress to the next stage, it’s a no brainer!





  1. Wider Reach

Video has the power to bridge geographical gaps. F5 Consultants can connect with tech talent from around the world, breaking down the limitations imposed by physical location (although the occasional client/talent scouting trip to Hawaii won’t go amiss!). This enables access to a broader talent pool, increasing the chances of finding the perfect fit for each client.


Now that we understand the benefits of using video in recruitment, here are the key values our consultants incorporate into this approach:


  1. Engaging Messages

When reaching out to candidates or clients, we ensure that video messages are engaging and concise. Clearly conveying our intentions, and in a friendly and professional tone to build trust.


  1. Video Interviews

Both consultants and candidates should be well-prepared for video interviews. We test the technology in advance, choose a quiet and well-lit space, and dress appropriately to create a professional impression.


  1. Maintain a Human Connection

Whilst video is a powerful tool, we remember to maintain the human touch. Our consultants personalise interactions and actively listen.


  1. Showcasing our Brand

We leverage video to showcase our agency’s brand and values. Share success stories, highlight the team, and provide insights into our company culture to attract top talent.



You can’t ever please everyone, but video allows us to do our absolute best to do so; both for clients and candidates alike. By introducing it at pivotal moments of the recruitment process, we aim to make everyone’s experience not just marginally better, but drastically more personal, informative and transparent. You may have seen others do it, but no one has done it quite like us!

Written by:

Kieran Gale

Managing Consultant

Kieran is our Software Development recruitment expert, with just over 3 years of technical recruitment experience. Nearly becoming a developer himself after studying computer science at university, Kieran has a fantastic ability to talk in great depth with his candidates and build trusted candidate networks. A huge fan of books, history, and Lacrosse.

Exploring the Impact of Hybrid Working on Cybersecurity

September 17, 2023

Combining in-office and remote work, hybrid working offers flexibility and convenience, but it also presents unique challenges, especially in the realm of cybersecurity. In this article, we will delve into the evolving landscape of hybrid working and its profound impact on cybersecurity.

  1. Increased Attack Surfaces

Hybrid working has significantly expanded the attack surface for cybercriminals. With employees connecting to corporate networks from various locations, the traditional perimeter security approach is no longer effective. Home networks may lack the robust security measures of office environments, creating vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit.

  1. Endpoint Security Challenges

Endpoints, such as laptops and mobile devices, have become critical battlegrounds for cybersecurity. Hybrid workforces depend on these devices for remote access to company resources. Therefore, securing endpoints is paramount. However, managing and protecting a diverse array of devices across various locations is a complex task for IT departments.

  1. Heightened Phishing Risks

Phishing attacks have always been a major cybersecurity concern, but they are even more potent in a hybrid work environment. Cybercriminals use sophisticated tactics to craft convincing emails, messages, or links that trick employees into disclosing sensitive information or installing malware. With remote workers potentially receiving phishing emails outside of corporate security measures, the risk has increased.

  1. VPN Vulnerabilities

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have been a go-to solution for remote access. However, their security can be compromised, leading to data breaches. Cybercriminals are constantly devising new ways to exploit VPN vulnerabilities, which means organizations need to continually update their security protocols and train employees on VPN best practices.

  1. Insider Threats

Hybrid work environments introduce a new dimension to insider threats. Employees may inadvertently compromise security by using unsecured networks, sharing sensitive information with unauthorized individuals, or failing to follow cybersecurity best practices when working from home. This highlights the importance of robust employee training and awareness programs.

  1. Cloud Security Concerns

The shift to remote and hybrid work models often entails a greater reliance on cloud services and applications. While cloud providers implement robust security measures, organizations must still take responsibility for securing their data and user access. Misconfigured cloud settings and poor access controls can lead to data leaks and breaches.

  1. The Role of Zero Trust

To address the security challenges posed by hybrid working, organizations are increasingly turning to the Zero Trust security model. Zero Trust operates on the principle of “never trust, always verify.” It requires strict identity verification for anyone trying to access resources, regardless of their location. Implementing a Zero Trust architecture can enhance security in a hybrid work environment.

Adaptability is key

Hybrid working is here to stay, offering numerous benefits in terms of flexibility and employee satisfaction. However, it comes with its own set of cybersecurity challenges. Organizations must adapt their security strategies to protect their networks, data, and employees in this evolving landscape.

This means adopting a proactive approach to cybersecurity that includes endpoint security, robust employee training, continuous monitoring of networks and cloud services, and a commitment to the principles of Zero Trust. With the right measures in place, organizations can enjoy the advantages of hybrid working while keeping their digital assets safe from cyber threats. As the hybrid work model continues to evolve, so too must our cybersecurity practices to ensure a secure and productive future of work.

Written by:

Kieran Gale

Managing Consultant

Kieran is our Software Development recruitment expert, with just over 3 years of technical recruitment experience. Nearly becoming a developer himself after studying computer science at university, Kieran has a fantastic ability to talk in great depth with his candidates and build trusted candidate networks. A huge fan of books, history, and Lacrosse.