Employers are using HireVue — Tips you need to know!
Many big companies out there and some small ones too are turning to a new way of interviewing and screening out applicants. The employers are using a new tool that can really eliminate you fast now, or if you are effective you can get called for an interview.
I was talking to Dan Murphy, a Sales Director who hires managers across the country for his Fortune 500 Company. He was showing me how they’ve decided to use a service called HireVue. Pretty slick. This is video interviewing on demand.
You’re going to start hearing a lot more about this and you’re going to need to perfect your communication skills in order to get past this new tool that many employers are adopting and using in their hiring process.
“It’s a real game changer for us,” said Murphy. “Candidates have to do this video response to 5 questions early in the hiring process. We have the recruiters look over the resumes and the HireVue responses then send on the better candidates. I view that before I ever talk to a candidate. It tells me so much more than just a resume. It saves me a lot of time on wasted Skype interviews as I preview people first. Then, I shrink my applicant pool and just reach out to the candidates I like. The goal of this service is it will bring me better candidates to hire that will fit our culture and the job opening.”
How does HireVue Work?
The employer sends you a link with 5 questions that require video responses. You look at question 1, get 30 seconds to consider your answer and then have 3 minutes to record your video answer. It’s repeated until you have answered on this video format all 5 questions. Skip any or drop out — obviously you won’t be hired.
What do they ask about?
The employer is looking to see more about your personality. They are assessing if you are a good cultural fit. They are also measuring your communication skills. Here you need to show off your “soft skills” (highly valued by the employer) by being well organized, succinct and showing interest with your answers. Expect to get a question that assess your interest in the industry and the position. Look for a situation question or two and a chance to use the 60 Second Sell™ to effectively market yourself.
Handling the process
A wise person has done research on both the duties the job requires and the company before they begin to answer any questions. Since this is a video, dress nicely. A collared shirt for men and a nice plain top with sleeves for ladies. Watch your background so that nothing distracting is behind you. Record this in a quiet place. Don’t fidget or look scared. If you aren’t familiar with Skyping –practice before you record these answers. You want to smile and seem confident not worried about the technology. Have your resume nearby so you could address it but don’t say, “That’s in my resume.” Completely explain the answer outlining the work you did and the accomplishments. Above all else, show interest and some passion for the job just don’t go overboard.
This is new and catching on quickly with employers. Now you know what it is so be prepared.
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Robin Ryan is a career counselor offering individual services including Interview Coaching and Resume Writing. She is a Speaker and the bestselling author of seven career books including 60 Seconds & You’re Hired and Over 40 & You’re Hired. She has appeared on over 1500 TV and radio shows including Oprah, Dr Phil, CNN and ABC News. CLICK HERE to get her 10 page article “HIRED — Using the Hidden Job Market”.
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