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Winning Gold: Montage's Video Interviewing Technology

Hey, I'm never going to be a gold-medal athlete but it sure was exciting to submit an award entry for our video interviewing technology that won gold from the Brandon Hall Group. The path toward these gold acknowledgments for video interviewing technology began back in September when the entry was due, but the awards ceremony just concluded so the win is fresh in mind.

Topics: Benefits of Video Interviewing

Be The Recruiter That Delivers Bilingual Candidates, With Video Interviewing

Today’s the day your hiring manager has thrown you a curveball: Not only does he want several top candidates to choose from, he also needs candidates who are bilingual. You’re filling positions for medical assistants and customer care representatives for a large healthcare system, so your candidates’ language skills must be top-notch. This won’t be an easy task. Even in states with large bilingual populations like California, Texas and Florida, Wanted Analytics estimates that the percentage of the current workforce that is bilingual is actually quite small.  Still, you can be the recruiter that delivers – in this case, bilingual candidates – by putting video interviewing to work for you.  Here are four ways voice and video interviewing technology can help you develop that shortlist of bilingual talent:

Montage Enhances Its Video Interviewing Solution to Transform Hiring for Hourly Positions

When recruiters need to fill an hourly role, it can feel like every hourly worker in the U.S – all 75 million of them - have applied for the job.  Hourly workers represent 58% of the American workforce, and when those positions are open, recruiters often have hundreds of candidates to evaluate. Phone screening has traditionally been the most efficient method available, until now. Montage puts a new twist on “old” technology with an on-demand voice solution called Montage Voice. Part of Montage's complete video interviewing solution, this next-generation technology transforms hiring for both recruiters and hourly-job candidates.

Recruiters Find the Right Fit Faster

Shrewd Little Ways to Improve Your Hiring with Video Interviewing

As a hiring manager, you have a vested interest in getting top performers onto your team quickly. Maybe your motivation is succession planning, backfilling a vacancy or supporting company growth. No matter the reason, you need to secure the best individual possible with every single hire. If you have video interviewing in place at your organization, you have a tremendous hiring advantage. However, unless you were part of the team that vetted and selected your video interviewing technology provider, you may be underutilizing a critical resource. Here are three clever ways you can leverage video interviewing for benefits beyond cost and time savings:

Strategies to Make Your Business Case for Video Interviewing

If job growth in your organization has you tearing your hair out, you’re not alone. TA professionals are facing enormous challenges and for many, it's a catalyst to start using video interviewing. Wanted Analytics has captured a few of the many challenges:

  • Cyber security job postings have grown 9% since 2013, and there are an estimated 1.3 qualified candidates for every job being advertised;
  • The demand for wearable technology skills skyrocketed 150% this past year as Google Glass and other wearable technologies emerged in the market;
  • Hiring difficulties continue in manufacturing due to candidate shortages. Manufacturing occupations with the lowest number of candidates per opening include computer systems analysts       (9 candidates/opening), software application developers (10) and industrial engineers (11).

Talent acquisition teams looking for ways to meet these challenges can transform their hiring process with a purpose-built video interviewing solution. Video interviewing delivers unmatched advantages in terms of cost savings, candidate reach and elevated employer branding. However, purchase approval requires the clear demonstration of ROI. With video interviewing, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.   

Based on our experience and client feedback, we’ve compiled several steps for making the case for video interviewing:

  1. Define the hiring issue. This is not as simple as it sounds. It’s likely there are several smaller issues feeding into the problem. Talent acquisition’s role is to dig, ask questions and analyze the situation in order to solve the right problem(s). If talent acquisition is hearing “we need more candidates,” your organization may be suffering from one or more other issues including employer brand problems, sourcing deficiencies, quality of talent reached, or a cumbersome candidate experience.
  2. Understand the larger business context. Examine the current business environment, including the strategic areas of focus for your executive team. If you can align video interviewing outcomes with corporate strategic initiatives, you can be the hero as a driver toward success. In doing so, you create a perfect opportunity to push video interviewing through the system.
  3. Proactively manage misconceptions. At face value, the uninformed buyer of video interviewing thinks there is nothing to buy, “It’s free isn’t it? We can just use Skype.” Be ready to educate naysayers about the dangers of using free or nearly free consumer-level video chat instead of a fully supported video interviewing technology platform that’s built to support hiring across the enterprise. For selective companies with an investment in their consumer and employer brands, purpose-built matters; it is the solution that will deliver a real hiring advantage.   
  4. Gather the data. Start with expenses like flights and hotels, and the frequency of these costs. Include the time recruiters spend doing a high volume of interviews but delivering low quality. You should also look at costs of a bad hire (your own and industry averages), as well as the costs of being in a highly collaborative organization in which many people are involved in each interview. Then, ask your video interviewing vendor to provide metrics to support calculations with and without video interviewing.

Your business case isn’t complete without attention to potential objections within your organization as well as the integration of HR and business metrics.  To access a free step-by-step guide, download Montage’s 7 Strategies to Make Your Business Case for Video Interviewing.

Michele Ellner is the Director of Marketing for Montage, the most mature video interviewing solution available, purpose-built to transform the hiring experience one smile at a time. She’s focused her career on the talent acquisition technology, staffing, HR services and outsourcing space for over 20 years. Reach Michele at

Shift Candidates from Passive to Committed with Video Interviewing

People change jobs all the time. If you don’t believe it, take a look at this infographic by, a job site with more than 150 million unique visitors each month.  Apparently, 96% of people worldwide are looking for a job at least once a month, and many are video interviewing. Passive candidates really are all around us. They could be sitting in the next cube over, or in line behind us at the neighborhood Starbucks.  

Want Earlier Employee Engagement? Try Video Interviewing

I came across a story that immediately got moved into my video interviewing Save & Share folder. Titled Are Your New Hires Feeling Lost?, the article focuses on company culture, and how the timing of teaching culture is so important.

Topics: Hiring for Large Enterprise Organizations

Extreme Hiring in Healthcare: How Industry Giants Do It Better with Video Interviewing

When you’re up against a tough hiring situation, it helps to hear how other recruiters have successfully tackled the challenge with video interviewing. And there’s no question that healthcare hiring is a difficult task. A recent WANTED Analytics’ report indicated a record high in job ads for healthcare workers. There will be a projected 5.6 million new healthcare jobs by 2020. The fact that many healthcare roles are highly specialized can only add to the hiring complexity.

Topics: Hiring for Large Enterprise Organizations

Can You Win the Talent Battle WITHOUT Video Interviewing?

So I was at my desk, concentrating on a presentation when one of our new hires emailed me a link to USA Today along with a single sentence: “Here’s why every business on the planet needs Montage video interviewing.” 

Of course this caught my attention – it’s a pretty dramatic statement. But as I read the story, the wheels started turning. With the changes in our economy of late and the emerging direction of business trends, it's surprisingly easy to back that statement up. Montage’s purpose-built video interviewing solution has become a must-have, not a nice-to-have for companies that are serious about winning the war for talent. Here's why:

Topics: Hiring for Large Enterprise Organizations

The New Metrics: What You Need to Know Now about Video Interviewing

Q1 of 2015 is going to be a tough one for companies looking for new talent. The recent Manpower Employment Outlook Survey indicates 19% of U.S. companies expect to add employees this quarter, a slight increase from a year ago. Talent acquisition teams in the Leisure & Hospitality and Wholesale & Retail Trade sectors will be the busiest, but will they find the critical skilled talent they need?                    

Video Interviewing Making a Cross-Atlantic Hiring Rescue

Earlier this year I shared my secrets when I put on my hiring manager hat and used Montage video interviewing to expand my team. I have to say, being a client to my own company gives me a wonderful new angle for this blog! When I act as hiring manager, I use every aspect of our software just as our clients do. Of course I am biased, but I have to say video interviewing continues to make a huge difference in my hiring, in these key ways:

Topics: Candidate Experience Benefits of Video Interviewing