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Don’t Look Like a Rookie at HR Tech 2016

If you’re heading to HR Tech in Chicago this year and you’ve never attended before, let me throw a few numbers at you:

  • 4 days of networking and non-stop knowledge-gathering
  • 400 companies exhibiting
  • 60 can’t-miss sessions
  • 14+ acres to walk inside the North Building at McCormick Place
Topics: Recruiting Advice

Stop! Think! 5 Reasons to Make Video Interviewing Your Priority Today

We’re in the business of making our clients’ hiring better and their recruiters’ jobs easier. As I’m talking with TA professionals who genuinely see the benefits of purpose built video hiring, from time to time I get an email like this: “I have not had 5 minutes to think about this [video interviewing] proposal since we met.  We just have too many competing priorities. I just don't know yet when it is going to get better. We are down on staffing and just trying to tread water.” This time crunch is typical in many companies these days, and I can only imagine the stress HR is under. Still, I’m more excited than discouraged by this kind of message because it means our voice and video interviewing solution can bring some relief and forward hiring progress to another organization.

Topics: Benefits of Video Interviewing Recruiting Advice

Show Off Your Collaborative Side

If you doubted the existence of the collaboration revolution happening in today’s workplace, it's time to become a believer. Research data released by Randstad reveals that young employees place a high value on collaboration. According to the Gen Z & Millennials Collide @ Work report, employees ages 22 to 34 prefer to communicate with co-workers and managers in person rather than by email or phone. And, 41% of Gen Z respondents said corporate offices are their workplace preference.  

To attract young workers with the greatest potential, companies want to highlight their collaborative work environment during the hiring process. That’s been easier said than done, until now. With purpose-built video interviewing technology, TA professionals can show candidates their collaborative workplace instead of just talking about it.

Topics: Candidate Experience Recruiting Advice

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

Recruiters Win Through Integrated Tech

Video and voice interviewing gets recruiters excited because it helps them gain back 30% of their time each day. You know what can make it even better for recruiters? Having the technology integrated into the applicant tracking system. It takes efficiency to another level.

Topics: Video Interviewing Tips and Education

Why Your Job Candidates Lose Interest (and What to Do About It)

New research indicates nearly one quarter of candidates (23%) lose interest in a potential employer if they don’t hear back from that company within a week of their initial interview. Wait more than two weeks, and you’ve lost the attention of another 46%.  This is a hard truth for TA teams doing their best to cope with talent shortages and high-pressure hiring demands. Still, it is the reality. In a candidate-driven market, hiring processes have to align closely with candidate expectations to keep them engaged.

Topics: Candidate Experience Recruiting Advice

Montage Wins Wisconsin Innovation Award

(A handful of Montage's Product Team shown with the Wisconsin Innovation Award)

We recently attended the Wisconsin Innovation Awards ceremony at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s iconic Union Terrace overlooking Lake Mendota on the Madison campus. This was the third annual event, which highlights groundbreaking ideas across the Badger state. The committee received over 180 nominations from a variety of industries. Judges read through every nomination multiple times to narrow it down to 35 finalists, and Montage was one of those finalists. The finalists came from 10 categories including education, biotech, agriculture, health IT software, manufacturing and more. Some of the finalists were small start-ups, others were well-established businesses.

Topics: Montage Innovation Announcements

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

Handling the Unpredictability of Healthcare Hiring

Despite the best efforts at forecasting, when you’re a healthcare recruiter, you’re dealing with the volatile workforce needs of your hospital or organization. You may be tasked with hiring 200 nurses within a few weeks, or expanding your call center staff by 300 with little to no lead time. And, while these high-volume projects come with their own set of challenges, they are made even more so when they are not expected.  Many of our clients are in the healthcare industry, and they’ve found a purpose-built video and voice interviewing platform can help them rise to the challenge of unpredictable high-volume hiring.

Topics: Healthcare Hiring Recruiting Advice