Does your job applicant have purple hair?

Posted on July 13, 2009. Filed under: video interview | Tags: , , , , , , |

Have you ever placed specific requirements for a position?  When the local baseball team had an opening for their team mascot they required certain attributes; high energy, good entertainer, weekend hours, and yes, purple hair (or at least a good wig).  Doesn’t it surprise you that many applications disregard those requirements?  Often initial introductions to job candidates are through emailed resumes and perhaps a phone call. Many companies conduct telephone screening of candidates before inviting them into the office for a face-to-face interview. Wouldn’t you like to see the candidate face-to-face right away before spending the time and $ to bring them in?

With today’s desktop video conferencing services any business can conduct live video interviews of job candidates right through a computer with webcam. There is no need to purchase expensive equipment or rent a room at conference centers. Simply ensure the candidate has a webcam and conduct a face-to-face interview with no travel. 70% of communication is non-verbal, so seeing the candidate and getting a read on their expressions and mannerisms tells you a lot about how they will be on the job.

Web conferencing services like Vonei Meeting also provide tools to share documents. Rather than relying on emails for resumes, ask the job candidate to share it during the call and go through it together. Ask the candidate to provide samples of their work by uploading documents in seconds during the meeting. As a recruiter you can share company information, policies, application forms, or any other type of document right during the meeting.

Multi-user video conference service will allow a third or fourth person to join the discussion. Perhaps the hiring manager? A co-worker? Everyone can see and hear the candidate live without leaving their desk. Best of all these video interviews can take place at night, over the weekend, or any other time that is convenient. Face-to-face interviews don’t have to be confined to standard business hours of the company. Why not Saturday morning video interviews?

Dr. John Sullivan, professor of management at San Francisco State University, wrote an excellent article on video interviews at this link. He identifies 20 reasons why businesses should be conducting video-conference interviews.

Improve the effectiveness of your hiring process today by use of desktop video conferencing. You just might see purple hair.

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