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Michele Ellner

Michele Ellner

Michele is Director of Marketing at Montage, leader of marketing and product functions and high performing marketing professionals with 20 years of experience within a Fortune 120 company and a SaaS leader in the HR technology space.

Recent Posts by Michele Ellner:

Coming Soon Near You: An Invite to Video Interview

If you’re in the job search process now or even just thinking about it, you may have heard about the growing use of video for interviews. The Talent Board North American Candidate Experience (CandE) Awards and Research program report provides striking data on this trend: 75% of companies surveyed indicate they leverage video interviewing, and the remaining 25% plan to invest in this transformative technology.  So, expect an invite to video interview soon!   

Topics: Advice for Job Seekers

Break Up That Hiring Bottleneck

Recently, studies have shown that the average time to hire is on the rise in the U.S.  Heavy workloads, collaborative TA processes and other factors may be adding time to your hiring but, in this candidate-driven job market, can you really afford to be so poky? A recent study found that 47% of rejected job offers were due to candidates accepting another job.  What if you’re losing out on top candidates because your competitors are scooping them up? If your talent acquisition could stand streamlining, there are many approaches you can take for improvement, including use of video interviewing technology.  Here are just three of the ways you can start to break up the bottlenecks in different parts of your hiring process:

Topics: Benefits of Video Interviewing Hiring for Large Enterprise Organizations

Getting Your Company to Buy Into the Candidate Experience

So much of talent acquisition news today concerns the candidate experience, and TA professionals know why: 86% of recruiters say the job market is candidate-driven in their industry sectors. They realize their hiring process must with align with candidates’ expectations or they’re just spinning their wheels. However, not everyone inside an organization may see the need to put time and resources into delivering a great candidate experience. Some TA departments face an uphill battle when it comes to making the changes required. We’ve certainly seen this in our experience with potential new video interviewing clients.

Topics: Talent Acquisition Research and Insights Recruiting Advice

Software Advice says Skype Falls Short in Business Recruiting

There’s a new article out by Software Advice, a company that hosts reviews of interview solutions, which hits a long-time Montage message further out of the park: Skype is not suited for the business of hiring. According to author Brian Westfall, senior market research associate at Software Advice, "Although many recruiters use Skype to conduct video interviews with candidates, if organizations want to get serious about shortening their time to hire and truly finding the best candidate for the job, especially
 as they grow and the number of applicants per position becomes overwhelming, they need to invest in a dedicated video recruiting platform to improve candidate experience."
 While Montage’s own research proves this point, it’s nice to see it stated so succinctly by a leading IT research and advisory company too.

Topics: Hiring Best Practices Recruiting Advice

Competing Against Younger Job Candidates? It Pays to Hone Your Video Interviewing Skills

If you’ve noticed what seems like a subtle shift in your company’s attention towards younger employees, it’s not all in your head. According to a new study, 64% of employees surveyed say their company is more focused on attracting younger people, while just 44% believe the focus is on attracting and retaining older workers. The study also indicates that while 78% of employees surveyed believe attracting younger people is critical to their company’s success, only 56% agree that retaining older workers will do the same. The data suggests that workforce veterans may need to work harder to capture the interest of employers when they are looking to change jobs or even move within their current organization. The good news is that technology on the rise - video interviewing - can help you make a stronger impression. If you’re invited to video interview, seize the opportunity.

Topics: Benefits of Video Interviewing Advice for Job Seekers

TA Leaders' Quiz: Are You a Good Fit for Video Interviewing?

All kinds of statistics have starting appearing in the last year which indicate a growing use of video technology for hiring. However, the “everybody else is doing it” argument isn’t reason enough for TA professionals to put this innovative technology on their to-do list. As the leader of hiring in your organization, you’re most concerned with maximizing the value and performance of your own TA.  Still, if you’ve thought about video interviewing from time to time, take this short quiz. The insight you gain may help you decide if this tech is worth a more serious look. 

Topics: Benefits of Video Interviewing Hiring Best Practices

What's Driving the Rise in Video Interviewing?

Five years ago, companies using video interviewing were the early adopters, those willing to try new technology in order to get a jump on their competitors. Today, video interviewing is mainstream - the data backs that up. In the most recent class of CandE Award winners, 75% use video interviewing. Nearly 80% of companies with more than 5,000 employees have conducted video interviews1. The number of organizations likely to buy a purpose-built video interviewing solution has increased by 30% over the last two years2. So what’s driving the rise in video interviewing? The core value proposition of purpose-built solutions has changed. What was once mainly time and cost savings has evolved into support for the strategic drivers of highly effective talent acquisition.

Topics: Talent Acquisition Research and Insights Hiring Best Practices

The Right Job Creates Happiness. The Wrong One, Despair.

I always get ideas from great speakers. That’s why I love to attend industry conferences whenever I can. Being surrounded by people who are similarly steeped in talent acquisition, its pains and purpose, always sparks good ideas and concepts that reinforce why video interviewing technology like Montage’s exists. Here’s a great example. Christine Nichlos, the founder and CEO of PeopleScience, provided some opening remarks at the recent HCI Strategic Talent Acquisition conference. Among other key points, this one stuck with me: Talent acquisition serves an incredibly important purpose because it is in the driver's seat when tying together a person and a distinctly critical component of that person’s happiness – a job.

Topics: Hiring Best Practices

CandE Data Gives Voice to Candidates

Last week Talent Board Co-Founder and Chairman Elaine Orler revealed some lessons learned from the most recent CandE research. This annual research and awards program aims to help employers improve the candidate experience by evaluating how companies and candidates engage during the hiring process. The data for North America is comprised of confidential survey responses from more than 200 companies and 130,000 candidates. Montage has been a program sponsor for several years now.

Topics: Candidate Experience Talent Acquisition Research and Insights

Offered a Chance to Video Interview? Here's Why You Should Take It!

There’s some great data in ManpowerGroup Solutions’ new survey about what motivates candidates to change jobs. There’s also intel on candidate preferences during the job search process which I think could benefit from some context.  According to the report, 62% of candidates prefer an in-person interview with a hiring manager, and just 6% prefer to do the interview via “video conference technology.” As a video interviewing technology company, that 6% isn’t an appealing number, but in fact, it makes sense when you think about it further.

Topics: Benefits of Video Interviewing Advice for Job Seekers