Video Recruiting Part II

by Marit Antik in — September 2015
Job market can be highly competitive in some business areas, or concerning some professions. To stand out from the crowd, one option for candidates is to create the video resume accompanied with the traditional CV.

Video interviews: Recorded interview during face-to-face interview by recruitment consultant

This type of video interview is great opportunity for recruitment companies to present the final candidates to the clients. It also makes the overall collaboration process much easier. Sending clients a visual presentation is much more representative than presenting materials of the matching candidates only in writing.

In order to carry out this kind of interview the recruitment consultant, together with the client, prepares approximately 3-6 video-interview questions what are the most relevant concerning candidate’s professionalism and personality. If there are requirements for different language skills then some questions will be asked for example in Finnish, German or other foreign language. During the face-to-face interview the interviewer records 1-2 short video-clips –not longer than 3-4 minutes.

The Recruiting Software eRecruiter used by Talentor Network enables to upload the videos to the external candidate’s presentation portal. Besides other written materials of the candidates (CV-s, motivation letters, consultant’s summary, tests etc.), the client can watch and listen the video-presentation of the candidates as well. This is like meeting the short-listed candidates already face-to-face. Seeing and being seen is extremely important, and video interviews give people a better way to present themselves, both verbally and nonverbally.

Talentor Estonia has been using this solution since 2006 and the feedback from our clients has been very good.

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Video resumes and CV-s

Job market can be highly competitive in some business areas, or concerning some professions. To stand out from the crowd, one option for candidates is to create the video resume accompanied with the traditional CV.

For jobs like salespersons, trainers, PR professionals etc., a video resume would be appropriate and a good idea to add in. However, there are professions where the video resume would not be the best strategy to use.

If employer decides to hire its next talents based on an impressive video resume then there are some things to consider and prepare before handed. It is important to set up a simple structure of the video CV and ask applicants to follow that. Very important is a time-frame –it should be no longer than 2-3 minutes; otherwise no one of the decision makers won’t bother to watch those.


Pre-Screeing Tool for the perfect match

Video resume is not a replacement to the traditional resume. It should give a possibility to become noticed by employers and to let candidates to speak about him/her in a more attractive way than just in writing. Employers might use it as a pre-screening tool to evaluate the applicants “fit”into their company, also compare with their attitudes and values. These days, labor market requires that resume should be as creative and unique as possible and provide potential employers with more insight into what an individual has to offer. Video CV helps applicant directly address why he or she should be considered as a perfect match to the position.

Example of video resume: Nick Belling Video Resume/CV

As a summary –using above-mentioned video-opportunities make sure, what is important in your recruitment process and will you benefit of using one or all of those solutions.

Main benefits you will get anyway:

  • Saving time
  • Reducing recruitment costs
  • Widening opportunities to get candidates from all over the world
  • Employer is more seen and attractive for the talents
  • Candidates are more close and attractive to employers
  • Recruitment process will be more effective

Important issue for each country: Recruitment law must be followed.