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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

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

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

5 Interviewing Mistakes and How to Recover from Them

We’ve all said or done something we wished we hadn’t at some point in our lives. When you’re among family or friends, there’s usually a fix, but that’s not always the case with a job interview. Unfortunately, you may be prone to more mistakes during an interview because of nerves or pressure when you feel the stakes are high.  Sometimes you can recover; other times you just have to learn and move on.  Here are five of the most common mistakes made during interviews, and some tips to get yourself out of these sticky situations.

Topics: Advice for Job Seekers

The Piece of Advice You SHOULDN'T Follow in a Video Interview

As the trend in video interviewing adoption grows, there is no end to the suggestions for candidates on how to prepare for the technology aspect of the video interview. Many publish great recommendations similar to the points I've summarized below, but one article in particular gave a very bad piece of advice: Don't arrive early to video interviews. The author's logic: "There is no waiting area for video conference interviewees; if you attempt to dial in early and your recruiter has a scheduled meeting prior to yours, there’s a good chance that you’ll be intruding — an awkward situation for both you and the interviewer." 

Recruiters, expect candidates to enter a video interview early.

Topics: Benefits of Video Interviewing Hiring Best Practices Advice for Job Seekers

Quick Answers for Job Seekers: The Difference Between Live and On-Demand Video Interviewing

If you’re like the average working American, your next job change is probably less than five years away. Average job tenure in the U.S. is just 4.6 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You may even be one of the three out of every four full-time employees who are actively looking for a new job right now1.  At some point soon, you’ll enter a company’s hiring process, and you may be asked to do an on-demand or live video interview.  Here’s a quick look at what you should expect.

Topics: Advice for Job Seekers

How to Exceed Expectations in a Video Interview

If you’re graduating this year or next, it’s only a matter of time before you’re invited to participate in a video interview. Many of the largest companies in the U.S. now use video interviewing as part of their standard hiring process, and it’s catching on with mid-market and small businesses as well. Your first invite could easily be to a Skype or WebEx interview.  Companies often test-drive video interviewing with these tools.  However, as the use of technology built specifically for the hiring process continues to grow, you may be interviewing with this type of platform, which has several advantages for you as a job candidate. Here are some hints to help you do your best whether it’s a live or on-demand (recorded) video interview.

Topics: Advice for Job Seekers

Could Your Cat Steal Your Interview Thunder?

We all know the allure of cats doing funny things. I’m not ashamed to say a cat video has transfixed me from time to time, like that cat jumping from the table and missing the window sill? Gold! However, there is a time and place for cats, and your video interview with a potential employer is not one of them.

Topics: Benefits of Video Interviewing Advice for Job Seekers

The Winning Recipe When You're Invited to a Video Interview

So you’d like to work for one of America’s giants, say Wells Fargo, Apple, Johnson & Johnson, or Wal-Mart.  Chances are good you’ll be asked to participate in a video interview: Research commissioned by Montage indicates that 80% of large enterprise companies (5,000+ employees) have conducted video interviews1.  Even if a midsize organization (1,000 to 4,999 employees) like CareerBuilder, Johnsonville Sausage, or Genesis Health Care System is a better fit for you, the odds are still better than 50-50 that you will encounter video interviewing

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Video Interviewing Could Redefine "Remote" for Techies

WANTED Analytics recently came out with an interesting nugget on growth in the demand for technical skills beyond traditional IT jobs. According to the article, some of the most sought-after tech skills in jobs outside of the IT field include User experience design (UX), Structured query language (SQL) and Microsoft Office Visio. For those experienced with these skills, it seems the opportunities to work remotely could become nearly unlimited.  Become an independent contractor with these skills, and you could even work from some warm tropical island, pursuing new projects and clients through video interviewing. Here’s how the technology could help you land assignments:

Topics: Benefits of Video Interviewing Advice for Job Seekers