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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a new feature I love in applicant tracking systems that you need to be prepared for.

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I want to talk with you today and give you a heads up about a new variation of the applicant tracking system that you need to be prepared for. I was pretty interviewing a guest for my podcast and heals a service that attaches to the typical applicant tracking system. Here's what it does:

The employer provides questions for you to answer at the time of application and records it by video. Thus, you now need to be dressed for video at the time you apply. Why am I saying this? The service level let you go back if you don't complete the application. You are done. You are finished.

When you are applying now on applicant tracking systems, unless you know in advance that they are a video service, or they are going to ask with video of you answering questions, you now need to be dressed to apply for job in case this occurs.

There are different versions of the system. His is one that gives you 30 seconds to think of your answer before you apply. It's not just simply that your giving an answer to a question. They may never see it. Here's why.

They use big data analytics as part of their system and they are looking for how your answer matches up with the answers of people at their firm will ready that are successful in the job. Get that? They are using big data analytics, "listening" to your answer for words that you use and patterns of those words in your answers to determine whether or not your answer is similar to an answer of people within their firm will already. And, obviously, you want to have a picture of you without a shirt on? Or T-shirt that you sleep in as part of your answer?

What I'm encouraging you to do is to have a different mindset when you are applying for a job just because you never know whether or not a video is going to be taken. You never know whether this service is going to give you the 30 seconds or dive in and immediately answer their questions. You now need to be mentally prepared for an interview when you are using applicant tracking systems. Like I said, these services now attached to the old existing ones.

You need to now be mentally prepared to do Q&A for a video interview right then and there. When you are applying for something online. It also explains why I discourage job hunters from applying for jobs to applicant tracking systems. You will always be better off networking away to a hiring manager then going in the front door using the systems. As good as some of these new tools are, they are not perfect. Admittedly, employers and hiring managers are not perfect either, but who would you rather be talking to? Big brother or the actual manager?


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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