Creative hiring managers are using video conferencing not only for internal meetings, but also for the interview process…and it’s paying off for both companies seeking talent and job seekers.
Here at CM Access, we’re leveraging video to bring candidates and hiring companies together in a more efficient way…
We’re offering time-strapped hiring managers and job seekers an alternative to the traditional interview. To shorten the time to hire, CM Access has embraced video conferencing to quickly bring candidates and hiring companies together. No schedules to juggle or travel expenses to incur, while the job seeker gains a job and the hiring company quickly adds a talented team member to hit the ground running.
Cost and time efficient, the video interview sounds great, right? But like anything else, getting the most out of new technology doesn’t come without challenges. Job seekers, have no fear: We have a how-to video and a few tips to help get you “ready for your close-up” and make video conferencing work for you…
- Keep it Professional – Since you’re not in an office setting, it’s easier to become slack about your level of professionalism. Keep in mind you’re not chatting with a friend. This is a job interview, so prepare as you would for any face-to-face meeting – with a sharp, polished and professional appearance and attitude. Don’t take any wardrobe risks with “business in the front, party on the bottom.” You may shift in your seat and give your potential employer a shot of your pajama pants they will likely not forget.
- The Setting –You’ve combed your hair and you’re dressed to impress, but does the interviewer really need to know that you’re sitting in your bedroom with laundry hanging on your treadmill? Be sure to create a professional-looking background, free of clutter and without any hidden surprises lurking or interrupting (that means no barking dogs, lingering cats or children barging into the room!
- Practice Makes Perfect – Even if you’re an interview pro, the camera can add to your nerves and throw you off your A-game. Enlist a friend to help you rehearse to ensure that you feel comfortable when it comes to the real interview. For the most realistic eye contact, don’t look at your screen but at the camera. Be sure you keep your movement minimal – try to avoid talking with your hands, fixing your hair or fidgeting.