by Montage Talent on August 9, 2016
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 on their interviewing skills 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.
Today’s youngest workers are coming out of college with degrees in nanotechnology, digital forensics, social media, and other majors that didn’t exist just 10 years ago. For more experienced employees, there’s a widening gap between their expertise and companies’ workforce needs. Still, older employees offer what millennials can’t: Experience with people, which often translates into solid communication skills and good judgment. There’s a reason older employees usually make the best managers and mentors! Though hard to translate via resume, your soft skills come through loud and clear in a video interview.
The increasing use of online interviewing is good news for veteran employees, or any employee who wants to make his or her best impression. Consider the power of a face-to-face conversation, and the opportunity to “sell” your interviewer on your interest in the job and the strengths you’d bring to it. Video enables you to respond to a potential employer’s priorities, and form that personal connection which can help you stand out in a talent pool of all ages.
Everything you need to know to have a brilliant video interview falls mainly into these four areas:
The chance for candidates all of ages to be invited to video interview is growing. For older workers looking for every advantage in their job search, it pays to hone your video interviewing skills. For more tips on how to have a job-winning video interview, view our job candidate resources today.
Michele Ellner is the Director of Marketing for Montage and has worked closely with recruiters and talent acquisition professionals throughout her career. She markets for the most mature video interviewing solution available, purpose-built to transform the hiring experience one smile at a time. Michele has focused her career on talent acquisition technology, staffing, HR services and outsourcing for over 20 years. Reach Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her @ellnerellner.