4 ways to use Snapshot

Snapshot is a short one-way video interview that requires applicants to record their responses to three standardized questions so programs can probe their communication skills, motivation for the profession, and self-reflection. While programs receive Casper scores for all their applicants, Snapshot gives programs the opportunity to get to know the applicants behind the Casper scores. Snapshot reviewers on your admissions team are trained on how to review responses, which includes addressing implicit bias, and they are provided with behavioral and competency descriptors, a rating scale, and comment field to support the scoring process. 

Although Snapshot is flexible in terms of how and when it can be used throughout the admissions process, we have identified four ways you can use it based on the size of your program, internal resources, and your existing tools and admissions processes.

1. Screen all applicants at the beginning

One way to refine your list of applicants who will move to the next stage of your process is to implement a screen based on a variety of measures, such as GPA, other cognitive metrics, as well as Casper and Snapshot scores. You can either rank applicants from highest to lowest in terms of their scores, or you can use cut-offs.

Ideal for: 

  • programs with small to medium numbers of applicants
  • programs that don’t conduct interviews but need an additional data point outside of Casper

2. Review a subset of applicants to fill remaining spots for interviews or offer/rank list

You’ve started prioritizing applicants for your interview invites, rank list, or offers, but are struggling to fill those last few spots. To help decide who gets those spots, you can watch and score the remaining applicants’ Snapshot responses. This is a great and feasible way to consider some of their unique qualities, communication skills, and professional goals in your decision.

Ideal for: 

  • some programs with medium numbers of applicants and programs with large numbers of applicants
  • programs looking to minimize the use of, or even replace, personal statements and reference letters

3. Supplement your interview process

COVID-19 made regular interviews difficult to schedule, and given how easy and accessible on-demand or one-way video interviews are for applicants and programs, Snapshot can be a great alternative now and post-pandemic. A survey of our partners confirmed this, and Snapshot was particularly helpful for programs that normally conduct multiple rounds of interviews, but needed a feasible online alternative during the pandemic.

Ideal for: 

  • programs looking to replace part of their interview process to increase efficiencies

4. Examine outliers or those hovering on the borderline

Some programs wonder if they miss out on good applicants if they exclude those whose GPA or other scores hover on the borderline. Prioritizing these applicants for Snapshot review can help you decide whether these applicants should move forward or be excluded from the next step in your process. You may also be looking to confirm red flags that were identified by other selection tools in your process. Observing the applicants’ behavior and listening to the content of their Snapshot responses can help confirm those red flags or indicate if other parts of their application need further review.

Ideal for: 

  • programs with large numbers of applicants
  • programs that don’t conduct interviews but need an additional data point outside of Casper

Learn more about the benefits of using Snapshot in your admissions process

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