Video interviewing…like it or not, may become the norm. This is just one more way companies may try to improve their recruitment process and I think it’s good news for job seekers. That is, as long as you are prepared!
Here’s the recent headline from Jobvite…
I had the opportunity to talk to Dan Finnigan, CEO of Jobvite, about the new advancements in their social recruiting and applicant tracking software. It’s pretty exciting for both job seekers and companies!
This is how it works.
The applicant applies for a job.
The recruiter/screener reviews resumes and selects those they would like to pre-screen.
Instead of scheduling phone interviews with a manageable number of candidates, the recruiter can conceivably invite more candidates to submit answers to the pre-screen questions through the candidate-recorded video.
This is going to free up the recruiter’s time considerably. Think about all the calls they make, the messages they leave, the lag in response time- juggling of their time between returning emails, talking to candidates, and reviewing more resumes.
According to the Jobvite, these are just a couple of the benefits:
“From a single login recruiters will be able to invite, interview, screen, schedule, track and hire effortlessly from their desks.”
“These capabilities will not only accelerate candidate screening, but also reduce remote hiring costs and facilitate panel feedback early in the hiring process leading to better candidate matches.”
Advantages To Job Seekers
There are numerous advantages for job seekers with Jobvite’s new solution.
Dan Finnigan says this advancement will help eliminate the “black hole” applicants find themselves in because companies will be able to interview more candidates.
The candidate will have the opportunity to review and re-record each answer before submitting them according to Finnigan. This is the equivalent to an open-book test in my mind. There will be no excuse NOT to submit the best interview responses possible. That is, unless the candidate doesn’t review their answers first.
You can learn more about the advantages in my US News & World Report On Careers post today.
Disadvantages To Job Seekers
If you don’t have the technology or know how to use your webcam, you’re going to be out of luck.
Prepping For The Video Interview
Like any other interview, you want to prepare by conducting research on the company, its competition and prepare answers to standard interview questions. You can see a detailed list of interview prep steps here.
Dan Finnigan says that most 20-somethings (Gen Y) will be comfortable with video interviews given their lifetime exposure to technology and mobile devices, but just in case, here are some reminders to prep for a video interview.
- Test your technology and know how to adjust the volume and the camera.
- Make sure the lighting isn’t too dark or too light.
- Pay attention to what the camera sees behind you.
- Dress the part.
- Make eye contact with the camera. Don’t watch yourself on the screen, which is admittedly difficult.
More Video Interview Resource
To save you the trouble of googling for more tips, I have included some below.
10 Tips to Ace the Video Interview – On Careers by Keppie Careers