Students and digital interviewing

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“What if I have no experience?” Digital interviewing isn’t just for the busy HR professional. Video has become so entwined with our digital culture and it’s reaching ever facet of our lives. Understanding how to use or perform on video and digital interviewing technology effectively is becoming critical to students. Many post secondary programs (examples?) are utilizing video and digital interviewing tech at the application stages in order to meet their prospective students sooner and to make application choices faster and more informed. On the other end of that spectrum, students just leaving their post secondary education will need to be prepared to encounter this technology when they begin their career search. So how can you as a student, make […]

Preparing for your digital interview

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“Common Sense” A common joke about digital interviewing is that you only need to dress from the waist up! While there is some truth to these industry jokes, being safe is always better than being sorry!   Dress for success. Unless perhaps you are holding a senior position and are well established enough, wear pants! Dress for success holds true even when you interview from home. Sure you might be able to get away with only dressing from the waist up, but accidents do happen, and Murphy’s law (anything that can go wrong, will go wrong) has a nasty habit of applying to the most important situations. You don’t want to risk accidentally bumping your webcam or computer and showing […]

Master Talking to Yourself

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Tips for recording great one-way video interview responses A lot of digital interview invitations you will encounter are one-way, which means that the questions have been asked by the recruiter and you will respond to them one at a time at your convenience, from your computer or mobile device, and by the recruiters stipulated deadline. The pros of this are that you will be able to submit your response in your own time from wherever is most comfortable for you. The biggest con however is that talking to your webcam with no one on the other side is a skill that you may need to develop. Luckily, we have a few tips that will help you get the hang of […]

Content Matters

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What you say is important! Maybe you are a recruiter, looking to expand your team with a new digital hiring platform, or maybe you are new graduate looking to start your career and you’re experiencing your first digital interview. When communicating on video whether you are a candidate responding in a job interview or a company presenting your company in a video job description or career brand video, the content of your video matters. Let’s break that down by audience. As a job seeker: The content of your submitted or recorded video responses will be reviewed by a recruiter and may also be analyzed by a cognitive assessment engine which could be looking for keywords or phrasing. Either way you want […]

Is your Digital Interview Response Cognitive-ready?

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What you need to know when responding to digital interviews that will help you optimize your response for the reviewer. When responding to a digital interview the system may be using some kind of analytic assessment that looks at the content or data from your response.  This can analyze not only the video response but all other submitted data including a resume, application data and any other documents provided including a cover letter.     The key elements a cognitive assessment will consider are: Natural language classification Concepts Personality Tone and cadence of delivery Visual and expression analysis (if this is used) A cognitive assessment will take all of what you say and how you say it into consideration.  It’s […]

How badly do you want this job?

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How to answer tough questions elegantly: “Are you interviewing anywhere else?”   So you are in the thick of your job search, you have applied to many positions and you finally hear back and are invited to a couple of first interviews. Everything is going well but then the employer asks their last question: “Are you interviewing anywhere else?” Don’t let this question catch you off guard. Be prepared for it and don’t be shy to share that you are currently interviewing with another company. It shows that you are a sought after and in-demand candidate and often it will give the recruiter a reason to move things along with more urgency. If you don’t necessarily have another interview lined […]

How to Exude Your Brand During a Video Interview

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Let’s face it, you’re going to have at least one video interview with your future employer. And, it could be the interview that determines whether you make it to short list of candidates; so it’s important that you ace the interview. But just doing a great job is not enough. Remember, there are numerous candidates vying for every open position. If your answers to the interview questions are similar to those of your peers, you’re a commodity – interchangeable with anyone else who can do that job. To truly wow the interviewer and be memorable, you need to stand out from all the other candidates. That means you need to brand your video interview. To do that, get clear about […]

4 Essential Tips for job-hunting for new grads

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4 Things that I had to learn the hard way so you don’t have to. 1. Don’t pigeon hole yourself I have a degree in film, media and theatre production. When I first got out of school I was solely applying to work on film sets, in production companies, or in theatres. I didn’t occur to me that my skill sets could be applied to other industries and in nonconventional ways! It’s important to remember that you are a unique person with unique experiences, talents, and skills to bring to the workplace, and there are more jobs out there than just the one you may have been traditionally trained. Skills are transferable, and know how they can be transferred as […]

Answering tough questions

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“So, tell me about yourself” This question starts off 99% of the interviews out there, it’s your first opportunity to make a great first impression, and yet almost no one practices it beforehand. Possibly because no one told you how to answer it properly, and possibly because it’s a hugely open ended question about the #1 thing you might be most uncomfortable talking about…you! So most people wing it…and it’s disastrous. Why is it so important to get it right? If you get it right, you immediately grab the interviewers attention and you establish a confident, prepared tone. If you get it wrong, the interview is off to rough start within the first 60 seconds, the interviewer may disengage, and […]