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Using Video at the Time of Application | No BS HIring Advice Radio


Jeff Altman,The Big Game Hunter discusses using video at the time a job hunter applies to your firm.

Summary

I want to talk with you today about video interviewing and suggest an idea to you that I think might be worth exploring in your budget.
Now. It comes from an interview. I did with someone named Chip Luman, who's a founder of a company called HireVue. I want to be clear, I'm not a paid spokesperson. I'm not compensated in any way for this video and you can check out any number of competing products to theirs.
But, the idea that I liked about the approach his firm was taking starts off with, number one, what's called asymmetrical interviews. That is, you have a candidate that you're interested in or wants to apply to your job . . . That's the better scenario. . . . They want to apply to your job. You provide them with a video link with a series of questions to answer that they can handle at the time of application.
Why is this so worthwhile? Because it cuts through a lot of the noise. A lot of people won't do it because they suddenly realize they're not qualified. Number two is it standardizes the base interview so, this way, your firm can't be accused of bias unless they're bigoted questions, of course, but because the interviews are standardized, there becomes a way that everyone's ask the same question.
Different people in your organization can watch the results and get a better feel for the person and their knowledge plus, from the job hunter perspective, they can do it at their convenience using a smartphone like this one. So, what it allows you to do is get what you need in the way of information faster and earlier than most because you don't have to go through the back and forth of the scheduling of the initial phone interview because you're getting basic information right away that allows you to discern whether or not people are a fit.
Now, again, if someone in your organization is going to look at all the resumes of a person with one ethnic background and rule them out, you obviously have a problem. But if you set up a system that allows you to have different people reviewing all the videos that you'll receive, the videos going to have 30 seconds answers. Like, there's another service that I'm trying out now called CandidateBroker. Person sees the job description. They apply. You can set up a period of time where they can wind up answering questions at the time of application that I can watch and get a feel for whether or not the person is qualified.
Nice systems. Saves time. Yes, there's going to be some expense for each of them but ,at the end of the day. You'll have some cost savings and, I know in the case of hirevue, they have an analytics system that will analyze the video responses based upon the backgrounds and the answers the people in your organization, give or successful hires have given, discern whether or not someone is worth talking to. A nice little feature.

So, explore some of the services that are out there. Doing video interviewing of employees at the time of application. I think you'll find its an interesting idea and will be a big money saver.

ABOUT 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.

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He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to prepare for a video interview.

Summary

I want to talk with you about the evolution of interviewing and where it is headed to right now. For Job Search Radio, I interview someone representing a company called, HireVue. They are not a unique organization in providing a service that allows firms to do prescreening at the time of application.

What do I mean? Not only do you deal with the applicant tracking system, but their initial screening interviews are done by video.

What do they do? They will ask you some pointed questions, not generic questions. For example, if you are a programmer, I may give you a coding test and offer you a few different ways of doing it, including a follow-up question that asks, "Why did you choose that option for doing it?"

Firms are starting to accumulate big data analytics in order to determine, not simply who is a good hire by comparison with people within their own organization, but who are good hiring managers based upon previous interview performance. There are a lot of analytics that they are starting to collect.

I don't know that it's really possible to prepare for the question and, in the case of HireVue, the person I interviewed who is 1 of the founders of the firm, Chip Luman, spoke about how they have preparatory questions that allows you to practice.

Here's what I want you to do. Take your camera and ask a friend to ask you generic questions. Answer it to the camera. In this way, whether you are sitting at your desk or just doing this by phone and answering the question by video, you are used to speaking to the camera. You are used to looking directly at the screen, making eye contact as I am doing, and doing things to prepare for the process of interviewing.

Play it back a few times and see where you fumble. See where you appear uncomfortable. What I want to help you do is become more at ease with the process. I can't help you with the specific questions that are being asked but I can help you by encouraging you to practice and rehearse. The front of the camera and speaking to it in a way that allows you to feel comfortable.

Like any skill, practice will help you get much better. These interviews are being done in a way that should be convenient for you; it's not like you have to be there on Tuesday at 2 PM. They will send you a link and you will do it while you are at home. You get comfortable in a place in your house or apartment (By the way, be sure there is no dirty laundry behind you. Make sure you dress properly at the time that you do the interview. I know that these things should go without saying, but they can't be left without saying because people still do it).

Again, practice will help you get better. Get comfortable in front of the camera in this context, in much the same way that may be begotten comfortable doing video for YouTube.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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Video Interview Tips | No BS Job Search Advice Radio (VIDEO)


With many more firms employing video interviews in order to avoid the time and expense of flying someone in for a meeting, with firms using Skype, Facetime and inhouse services for interviews in general, how you appear in front of a camera is a new skill that you need to add to your repertoire.

On this show, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses how to prepare for a video interview before you blow one.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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EP 764 Based upon feedback from a friend, Joe Rejeski from Avenue X Group, who has used a video interviewing service, I discuss several more things  you should do for your next video interview.

Summary

I thought I would do a podcast today about video interviewing based upon a message and exchange I had with an old friend of mine, Joe Rejeski, from AvenueX Group in New York.

Joe has been using a service that helps his firm evaluate people who are being considered for a position. He offered a few ideas that I thought would be really helpful.

1. Pay attention to your background. I have a messy office from the standpoint of what you could see on camera, you can't see that I have a lot of stuff on my desk right now and that behind me on the coffee table there is even more stuff. Be aware of your backdrop when you set things up.

2. Webcam quality s much better than mobile phone quality. If you can, put yourself in a position where you can use a webcam. If you can't, understand that your video quality won't be as good.

3. Even if you are interviewing on the weekend, dress professionally from the waist up.

4. Don't bring a cup of coffee to the interview. Sipping coffee during the interview doesn't look well for you.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to [email protected]  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

 

Video Interviewing | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 752 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to prepare for a video interview.

Summary

I want to talk with you about the evolution of interviewing and where it is headed to right now. For Job Search Radio, I interview someone representing a company called, HireVue. They are not a unique organization in providing a service that allows firms to do prescreening at the time of application.

What do I mean? Not only do you deal with the applicant tracking system, but their initial screening interviews are done by video.

What do they do? They will ask you some pointed questions, not generic questions. For example, if you are a programmer, I may give you a coding test and offer you a few different ways of doing it, including a follow-up question that asks, "Why did you choose that option for doing it?"

Firms are starting to accumulate big data analytics in order to determine, not simply who is a good hire by comparison with people within their own organization, but who are good hiring managers based upon previous interview performance. There are a lot of analytics that they are starting to collect.

I don't know that it's really possible to prepare for the question and, in the case of HireVue, the person I interviewed who is 1 of the founders of the firm, Chip Luman, spoke about how they have preparatory questions that allows you to practice.

Here's what I want you to do. Take your camera and ask a friend to ask you generic questions. Answer it to the camera. In this way, whether you are sitting at your desk or just doing this by phone and answering the question by video, you are used to speaking to the camera. You are used to looking directly at the screen, making eye contact as I am doing, and doing things to prepare for the process of interviewing.

Play it back a few times and see where you fumble. See where you appear uncomfortable. What I want to help you do is become more at ease with the process. I can't help you with the specific questions that are being asked but I can help you by encouraging you to practice and rehearse. The front of the camera and speaking to it in a way that allows you to feel comfortable.

Like any skill, practice will help you get much better. These interviews are being done in a way that should be convenient for you; it's not like you have to be there on Tuesday at 2 PM. They will send you a link and you will do it while you are at home. You get comfortable in a place in your house or apartment (By the way, be sure there is no dirty laundry behind you. Make sure you dress properly at the time that you do the interview. I know that these things should go without saying, but they can't be left without saying because people still do it).

Again, practice will help you get better. Get comfortable in front of the camera in this context, in much the same way that may be begotten comfortable doing video for YouTube.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.