Video Interviewing

If you’re not being asked to video interview? You really should be asking “why not?”

Oct 29, 2020

Unfortunately in the current climate there’s been a lot of redundancies, which in turn has resulted in many people looking for new jobs. This comes with more competition and a need for candidates to stand out – luckily we can help you with this.  

How businesses reacted to Covid-19 tells you a lot about them. Did they adapt, or not? Are they forward-thinking and innovative, or did they run and hide? The same way of thinking applies afterwards. Are they in the new normal or are they going straight back to their old-fashioned and out-dated ways? Do you think they are equipped to find you a new job or career? 

If you’re looking for a new role and you’re not being asked to video interview by recruiters then you really should be asking, “why not?” Even when we’re allowed to see each other face-to-face again.  

Why is our new video interviewing software a huge benefit to our candidates? Well, let me explain…

Interview from anywhere

Since March we’ve had quizzes, yoga sessions, cocktail making, cooking classes, playdates, actual dates, and even murder mystery nights all over video software! If we can keep our business and social lives going from our own homes then why should the hiring process be any different? Spoiler, it’s not!

There is now no need for face-to-face, which means you can interview from literally anywhere. Whether you’ve gone home to isolate at parents’ houses or are planning on moving somewhere new post-lockdown, video interviewing means there’s no need to travel at all for at least your first stage interview. Since lockdown, more and more companies conducted remote on-boarding, it’s not completely unimaginable that you would never have to do a face-to-face interview ever again. 

Any device

Not everyone has a laptop, but that’s no problem you can use your phone or table to complete the video interview. Top Tip – test the process! The day before, it is paramount to test the video on the platform and device you are using. You can do this with a friend or family member and video call them so you can become more confident. Make sure your sound and microphone are working, as well as your camera and get your friend/family member to run through some interview questions. 

One interview, several opportunities & feedback

With loads of people being made redundant, it means there are hundreds of candidates’ CVs landing on our clients’ desks. And because some jobs are advertised by more than one recruitment agency, as well as the client themselves. Your CV can end up showing up on the hiring manager’s desk more than once. This doesn’t exactly look creditable for you, but we can work with you exclusively to not only ensure this doesn’t happen, but increase your chances of breaking through the noise. We can conduct your first stage interview on video then take it, with the supporting documents, to our clients. We either get you an interview or we get you valuable feedback. This WILL put you ahead of the competition on the market quicker than you waiting to hear if your CV ever made it to the top of that pile. 

Skip the first stage interview

If you’re successful when we send it to our top clients then you’ve already skipped straight to the second stage, possibly the final stage of the hiring process. It also means you don’t have to take a day off for an interview that you might have been unknowingly ruled out of in the first five minutes – the client has already seen your first stage and knows you’re a good fit for the role. 

So, the same as we’ll question anyone who doesn’t cover their mouth when they sneeze post-lockdown (seriously why were people not already doing this?), we should also question anyone who insists they meet you face-to-face for interviews.  

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