Hiring processes have changed dramatically in 2020, and one practice, in particular, is here to stay. In fact, it’s being heralded as the most significant new employment tool that’s been added to the hiring process in the last decade.
The video interview.
While virtual interviews had begun to gain momentum even before social distancing measures came into play, their use has exploded over the last several months as a practical and efficient alternative to an in-person interview. In fact, a recent Forbes article indicates that 89% of employers are now moving toward virtual interviews.
This style of interview has its benefits, foremost among them that it’s quite convenient for both the employer and the job candidate. But here’s a word of advice for job seekers from the employment experts at Allison & Taylor, Inc.: don’t be lulled into a false sense of familiarity when preparing for a video interview. These interviews aren’t the informal conference call that many people have grown accustomed to. A formalized video interview carries just as much weight as in-person interview, and a job-seeker’s opportunity to impress is much more limited.
Very often, an employer will request that a job seeker submit a video interview along with their application and/or resume. They’ll either provide a list of questions they’d like answered, or present questions on the fly via their recording software as the candidate completes the interview. Either way, it’s critical to be prepared, because although these video interviews are gaining popularity, they present some real challenges for a job candidate.
The Top 5 Challenges Of The Video Interview
1. The technology may be unfamiliar. While many job seekers are comfortable with using a videoconferencing program like FaceTime or Zoom, employment interviewing software may present very differently. Trying to understand the process while recording an all-important interview increases the pressure in what’s already a stressful situation.
2. There’s no time to develop a rapport with the interviewer. Virtual interviews generally have a time limit- and it’s usually no more than 5 minutes. That’s a very short window in which to make a positive impression, so it’s critical to understand how to make the best use of that time.
3. Quality counts. The submission of a poor-quality interview video—one that’s grainy, dark, or sounds muffled—may suggest to an employer that a candidate lacks attention to detail, or simply doesn’t care enough about the job to put forth their best effort.
4. Answering questions professionally—and thoroughly. When the clock is ticking, it can be difficult to provide comprehensive answers to an employer’s questions while still adhering to their submission guidelines. Advance planning is everything.
5. Managing presentation professionalism. This includes everything from speech patterns, to body language, to the choice of attire. Employers look at all these things, and because it’s all recorded for posterity, they can evaluate it more than once.