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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Will you pass the Employer’s Social Media Screen?

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5 key tips, to make sure your social media profiles is employer approved! So, let’s talk about social media screening. Did you know that it’s the new normal for employers to check out your social media sites? Yes, that’s right! Even Facebook! It’s a unique beast to conquer for anyone who is looking for employment, and how you handle it has no single right answer because it varies for each individual. If you were under the impression that wasn’t happening, don’t fool yourself. You have a digital thumbprint and you need to make sure it’s professional. Yes, employers will screen you on social media before contacting you about an interview. They may even ask for your social media profiles as part of […]

Soft skills vs. Hard skills in your digital job search

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Use your soft skills to get noticed in a digital job application. Did you know that resumes, digital applications and video interviews are scored for hard skills and soft skills?  Understanding the difference between your hard skills and your soft skills can make all the difference in mastering your digital job applications and interviews. This vlog will be teaching you how to optimize your application for cognitive analytic systems so your resume gets past the digital gatekeepers, and get it seen by a human!

Why blog about the digital interviewing landscape?

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The new digital job market Has searching for your dream job been feeling more difficult everyday? As anyone searching for work right now can tell you, the job market is not what it used to be. While on one hand the power is in the hands of the qualified candidate, there is also a lot of competition out there and the job search and “getting noticed” process has changed, and so has interviewing. There are lots of new things to learn.As a recent grad myself, I know exactly how difficult the job market can be. It took me two months just to find something part time to pay my rent, and another six to begin my career in my field! […]