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How Well Do Your Candidates Interview?

How Well Do Your Candidates Interview?

Video Interview

 

Grill candidates with video interview prep to cool their nerves and increase confidence on game day 

 

Whether you’re working in a search firm setting or a corporate environment as a contract recruiter, think for a moment how much of your time you spend sourcing, screening, and recruiting candidates. A lot. Now think: how much time do you spend preparing your candidates for actual interviews?

Before in-person interviews are scheduled between the candidates you’ve recruited and the companies you represent, it goes without saying you’ve already done a whole lot of work developing the matches, the “good fits.” However, understanding the role and its context within the company and confirming a genuine candidate is great due diligence, but is it enough?

Question for you: “How well do your candidates interview?” If you don’t know, you need this article.

Preparing candidates for real-life interviewing is critical to your success. Using a video interview platform allows candidates to comfortably practice on their own time and gives you the opportunity to review and provide feedback where needed.

 

1: Record, Review, Refine…

 

In the few days, hours, and minutes leading up to the interview, everyone gets nervous. No matter how much coaching you provide, it’s simply how we’re wired. Video interviews can help simulate some of the same pressure felt in in-person interview. Additionally, get used to curveballs. Prepare candidates for questions they may not have thought of candidate can be asked questions they might not expect. Being able to practice this scenario over and over will create flexibility in candidates’ responses.

 

2: “Why do you want to work here?”

 

The well-prepared candidate should know the company he or she is interviewing for better than their own resume. If candidates don’t prepare for this question, it will  not only be obvious, it may be a dealbreaker for their candidacy. Asking this question and reviewing it in a recorded video interview will help your candidate avoid the longest most awkward silence ever.

 

3. Ready, Set…

 

Video interviewing platforms such as Easyhire can simulate the challenging interview environments by prompting candidates with similar questions in a live or pre-recorded scenario. Alongside timed assessment, multiple-choice, extended text, including coding / whiteboarding windows, written response, and others, you can be more confident in your rockstar candidates on their big day.

 

4. Go with confidence!

 

Even with years of experience and qualifications a candidate may have, don’t take chances and assume your candidates will do great until you’ve seen it with your own eyes. Some may be ready to go off the bat. However, many candidates may have been out of the market for a while or are entering a new industry. With new technology, preparing candidates with video interviews may be innovative to some, but it’s really just common sense.

 

-Jeremy Hoffman

VP Business Development

EasyHire

 

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SHRM 2018 Annual Conference

SHRM 2018 Annual Conference

SHRM 2018 is sure to be an exciting an eventful opportunity for the HR Community come together to reunite, network, learn and grow professionally. I’m sure it’s something that all of us should attend if possible.

However, there are always circumstances that arise that prevent us from attending such as personal matters like a wedding. Or maybe professional obligation such as a project that you’re in the middle of that needs your immediate attention. So if you’re currently experiencing FOMO, here are some ways  you might be able to keep in touch with what’s going on in Chicago. Although, getting some of that famous Chicago deep-dish pizza would be worth the trip alone.

  1. #NOTATSHRM

Use the hashtag to search Google Facebook or Twitter for #NOTATSHRM. Several well-known bloggers and influencers in the HR community will be live blogging and do facebook lives streams or periscope as well as youtube live streams.

  1. #SHRM18

This is being used by attendees to discuss what’s happening in Chicago. From SHRM staff to bloggers and special events put on by vendors this is an easy way to find relevant content.

  1. NOTATSHRM Facebook Group

Started in 2017 by Jessica Miller-Merrell this group is designed to keep you up to date on what’s happening at the SHRM annual conference without having to be there. Click here to find the group on facebook and request to join.

  1. The SHRM e-learning library

Attend SHRM digitally for just $199. With a pass to the SHRM e-learning library you can get access to all concurrent sessions slides as well as audio. Not only will you get 2018 but every year since 2015 with over 500 courses and sessions. Though you won’t be able to enjoy the live speakers, collaborative breakout sessions, or visiting the exhibitors in-person, you’ll have the advice of top HR Tech experts in the industry at your fingertips. 

And remember: there’s always next year!

6 Ways AI Will Enable Recruiting to Be More Human

6 Ways AI Will Enable Recruiting to Be More Human

We all have seen the news and know that more and more jobs are being taken away by robots and some people are even afraid of the future because of it. Well, there are pros and cons for every new technology that comes our way. Just like cars where it makes it so much more convenient for us to travel now but it actually pollutes the air we breathe. So let’s actually take a look at the five ways that AI can make the recruiting process more human and easy for a change.

 

AI will make job ads more targeted and effective.

Basically, this technique will give recruiters the ability to place highly targeted ads in front of the right people at exactly the right time. Data based potential clients browsing history and online activity will allow them to do this. Advertisers need to be able to understand each browsing activity using cookies or what you can say are pieces of data that follow people as they visit different pages. Tracking these cookies and knowing if there are candidates visiting a page will allow recruiters to compile these data and can be used to shortlist potential candidates. This can also be done by looking at prospective candidates browsing histories to check phrases they’ve searched and pages visited against those used by local talent who visited a certain webpage.

The truth is that we are living in a world where ads dominate a lot of peoples lives. In fact, Betterteam found out that “Facebook only shows your posts to about 2 percent of people who like your page. To give your posts a chance of appearing, you can use paid ads to target friends of people who like your page.” So having AI actually allows people to find the right job quicker.

 

Profile Augmentation will give a clear picture of candidate’s skills.

AI will soon make it possible to see not just a candidate’s job history but also what they are passionate about doing. Using the same technology that allows companies to model an applicants behavior based on browsing histories and interests. They could figure out a person’s interests and hidden skills and this then would allow recruiters to recommend jobs related to what candidates actually want to do and not just the job they are assigned to now. This is especially useful for roles that are hard to fill, like an Information Security Analyst. There are few people who can handle this type of job, but you would be surprised to know that there are plenty with experience in software development who would jump at the chance of levelling up their game and taking on the job.

 

Chatbots can do the initial basic questioning for you.

There are companies that are already using chatbots in recruitment. Some companies like Shamrock foods actually ask for a potential candidates phone number and name through chatbots. So it basically eliminates the need to fill out forms, meaning less paper consumption. Once this forms are filled out, the chatbot is able to collect that information, the persons’ profile then goes into a CRM system where human recruiters can do their work. Bots can even follow up with candidates if they aren’t actively progressing with an application. So the main advantage of it is that recruiters get their time freed up a lot and they can then focus on the more important aspects of recruitment.

 

Advanced competency tests can gauge emotional and cognitive abilities.

There are actually advanced competency tests can tell a lot about a candidate and you’d be happy to know that games are involved. Certain games that are specifically made to test out abilities are a great and innovative way to know a candidate’s skills that would otherwise be difficult to detect, like problem-solving. They can also help recruiters assess a candidate’s willingness to take risks by creating scenarios within a game. There are more and more companies already doing this, but it will definitely become bigger within the next 3 years or so. Companies like Shell, AXA and Generali Group are already using Knack to assess their potential employees.

 

Facial and speech recognition software in video interviews can reveal more.

Video interviews will soon take over the normal hiring process and be much more useful. In the future, a candidate may only need to speak to the camera while the machine takes them through a list of questions. Meaning that recruiters will only need to review those videos and can actually prevent potential bias because they did need to interact with the person themselves. This may seem too automated for some but it actually allows a fair chance for each candidate, which is still a better outcome. Also, you can expect that video interview software will, in the future, be able to analyze body language, the tone of voice that can help in determining the overall qualification of a potential employee.

And if you want to try the future for yourself, you can try out EasyHire and get their free demo to have a proper idea of what it’s like to interview through videos.

 

Reference checking will become quick and easy.

Checking a potential clients reference is one of the most tedious things recruiters have to do. You have to call a minimum of three people to check the credibility of the person you are hiring and while this is not the same for all companies, some still do this. Well, there are now tools you can use to do this and yes, AI is still involve. At TeleReference, they have an automated reference checking platform that will allow recruiters to make their hiring process more streamlined. They even have a video, telephone or written reference options that can fit any requirements that a hiring manager needs. Also, it gives the candidates a better chance because the hiring manager will have more time to look into skills and abilities rather than calling all day for reference.

 

Don’t worry about the future, because you can never truly take away the output that a human is able to do. We all need to just focus on what things AI can improve and not always think about the bad. In the end, we all just need to make certain adjustments and try to see AI for what it is, a helpful tool.

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Reasons Why More Companies Are Using Online Assessments For Hiring

Reasons Why More Companies Are Using Online Assessments For Hiring

Did you know that there was a meta-analysis done by Fox School of Business Research Paper  that found out that personnel selection procedures for general abilities test combined with an integrity test, which is correlated with personality traits, is one of the best combinations for accurately predicting job performance? And that is why more and more companies are using tools that can leverage their video interviewing process and the likes. And if your still doubtful, read on to know more about this new trend in the recruitment industry.

 

Why are more companies using online assessments?

Talent assessments are also what you would call a pre-employment tests or employment screening tests, and they are used to help employers identify candidates that will be a good fit for jobs available at their company. Tools like this help predict the on-the-job performance and retainability of a potential employee. So, in theory, applicants who pass the screening test should perform better as employees if they’re hired. And if you’re still feeling doubtful and have these myths about pre-employment assessments bugging you, here is a Select International’s list of myths about pre-employment assessments and how they debunked them.


Big companies use online assessments.

Talent assessments are playing a bigger role with bigger companies and they are being used as part of an online screening process that helps these big companies decide to ultimately interview. In fact, The New Economy looked into why employers value online assessments more than university degrees and learned that “ Employment tests do more than simply help employers spot candidates with the most potential… Their lack of bias presents a useful tool in the fight against discriminatory hiring practices.” And that’s just one of the few reasons.

Most talent assessments are now being given online, because it really is the most convenient way of doing it. And large companies such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Sears, Walmart and Burger King are already using pre-employment testing in their process.

How do online assessments work?

If you are applying to one of the companies that are already using online talent assessments, the entire hiring process leading up to interview is handled through the Internet. You should expect that the job postings are listed online, candidates apply online through the company website, and then take the talent assessment. Tests may even be hosted on a third party website. In such cases, you’ll be given instructions on how you can access the site and take the test.

There are even employers that use job simulations that are designed specifically to measure whether candidates can perform tasks associated with the job. A good example of this is if when an employer asks a staff member to role play scenarios with candidates to assess sales, problem-solving, verbal communication, or counseling skills.


How valid are talent assessment and outcomes?

It starts with the companies and how they come up with the job descriptions. They need to be detailed and well aligned with success factors for jobs will have the most useful output from talent assessments. Any type of assessment should be consistent and conducted in a standardized manner to generate reliable results. And there are certain ethical hiring standards that dictate that assessments be delivered to all candidates for a particular job and not applied selectively. In many cases, the company is looking for a certain type of employee that perfectly fits their organization structure.



Don’t decide too long on whether you should be using online assessment tools.  Because according to iCIMS, The Modern Job Seeker Report, 2017, When searching for a job, people want to visit job search sites that allow them to instantly mark jobs of interest (54 percent), receive recommendations based on job preferences and resume (53 percent), and input salary requirements and enable employers to reach out directly (53 percent). That basically proves that everything is being done online now and that goes for recruitment as well.

Video Adoption is Not a Trend…It’s The Future!

Video Adoption is Not a Trend…It’s The Future!

Everything is changing, and this is mainly because of the internet. It’s becoming easier for people to build businesses, do research and of course, hire people. There are companies that still opt for the traditional route, though. But what they don’t realize is that they are missing out on the chance to do so much more! Read on to know more about proven benefits of adopting video into your company.

 

Video conference is more effective mode of communication.

It’s hard to get people in the same room at the same time during important meetings. And video actually solves that. In fact, this Must-Know Video Conferencing Statistics shows that there’s higher and higher interest to do conferences remotely due to the fact that it’s cost-effective, improves communication and definitely saves time. Businesses that use video conferencing actually saw a 30% reduction in travel costs and skipping the cost of travel means being able to save a lot that can be invested on other aspects of the company.

 

Video interviews allow companies to hire effectively.

Most companies have inhibitions when it comes to adopting new technology because it’s a big unknown for them. And while it may take some time and effort to switch from the traditional way of interviewing to a modern one, the pros can definitely outweigh the cons. In fact, MRI Network did a 2017 Recruiter Sentiment Study and found out that 63% of recruiters say that there aren’t enough suitable candidates for them to screen. And video eliminates this by allowing recruiters to search all over the world for more suitable candidates that would fit their hiring needs.

 

Video for training employees makes more sense.

The truth is, training employees takes time and time is money. And if a company is able to make the training a bit less time consuming, then it basically means that the transition of a new employee to the position they are assigned for can become a bit more hassle-free. And how can this be done? The obvious answer would be by creating training videos. It allows the training process to be done in a manner that needs little supervision and the best part is the trainee can go back to it whenever they need to. If you’re still in doubt, then you should see Cisco’s Survey that shows that the majority of executives see a big future for video in the workplace.

 

Video adoption can be applied in so many aspects of the workplace. If your company isn’t adopting the video technology to any of its work processes, then your company is definitely moving backwards. Keep in mind that about 9 out of 10 (87 percent) of companies are making video investments right now. Companies who make a commitment to video technology are seen as a company who cares about using technology to fuel business growth. So it’s high time that companies find a way to adopt video into their work process before they fall behind from their competition.

6 Ways To Better Prepare for Video Interviews

6 Ways To Better Prepare for Video Interviews

In this day and age, more and more companies are turning to video interviews since it is more convenient and allows them to pool more talents across the globe. Now, video interviews have become a vital part of the hiring process and it is now imperative that you know how to handle yourself during the interview and answer the questions that are being asked in a flawless manner and are thoroughly prepared for it. So here are a few important points for you to remember for you to land that job.

 

Have a General Idea About the Company

As someone looking for a position within any certain company, you should be able to have at least a general idea of what the company does and not just apply blindly. And besides, with the internet, you can easily look up any information you want and there is no real excuse for you to not do this. Research the company and know what they have been able to accomplish. Know who the CEO may be or what the company is working on at the moment because it will then give you a better idea of what their question may be. Even on their social media pages, you can see and get a general idea of what type of company they are. Here are points worth mentioning during the video interview:

What product or service the company sells

How long the company has been operating

Recent accomplishments of the company

The culture and values of the company

Placement of Webcam

Yes, this is important. Because you don’t want your potential boss to be looking at a stack of dirty clothes behind you while you are being interviewed. Know that there is such thing as the right background and right lighting for that matter. Also, it is important that you position your webcam at a flattering angle because it never hurts to make a good first impression. Position it above your eye-line and angle it slightly downwards.

Clothes & Make-up

Being presentable during a video interview is a must. You may think that just because the interview is done through a webcam that you should not be obligated to wear something formal. It is highly recommended that you do not wear pure black since the webcam will need to constantly adapt to show the black and cause your face to appear a bit wash out due to overexposure. You don’t necessarily need to wear make-up but as mentioned, it is better to create a good first impression and if make-up helps in doing that then you should consider it.

Maintaining a Good Eye Contact

Maintaining a good eye contact can often signify confidence and so hiring managers often do look for someone who is able to do this during an interview. But when it comes to video interviews, know that your eyes should always be focused on the webcam, unless they are actually the one talking and you need to listen. To do this better, you should have the video on full screen so that you would easily see and create a good eye contact with the interviewer.

Internet Connection

Having a good internet connection is essential for any video interview. Because without it, there would basically be no interview. Physically connecting your laptop or desktop to the router is the safest way to go. And ideally, your internet connection should be about 10Mbps and the higher it is the better. Right before the interview, make sure to test your connection speed and if your connection is at least 25Mbps, then you may just use wi-fi and a physical connection is not needed.

Practice Practice Practice

It helps to give yourself some time to practice to get accustomed to the camera. You can even try answering some commonly asked interview questions and try to see where you are lacking and then try to improve on them. Even practicing in front of a mirror helps and can give you a better view of how you react or how you basically speak. And if you prefer that someone actually outright ask you questions, then finding someone to do it with you can be your best help. But no matter how you do it, know that the important thing is that you actually practice.

 

There you have it. Six ways in which you could better prepare for that video interview. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the hiring process is less traditional and that you do not need to prepare for it. Make necessary preparations and follow these tips to nail that video interview.

How AI and Automation Will Change Recruiting

How AI and Automation Will Change Recruiting

Technology has taken a huge leap in quite a short interval of time and has presented many great possibilities which were impossible earlier. It won’t be wrong to really call it an age of the machine. With the rise in the latest inventions in the field of science, Artificial Intelligence is a new key factor which has an ability to think, adapt and respond over a period of time. Apart from many other advantages that it will offer you, tasks such as recruitment process also seem to fall in its lap with use of video interviews. The use of AI to make the recruiting process fully automatic by enabling feature of having video interview will decrease the workload of many agents and will bring boundless opportunities for all.

Here are the major impacts AI will put on the recruiting process. Read on…

1. Screening of Resume

Sorting out through resumes is the most time-consuming job and needs a lot of efforts. The best use of AI & automation will be done to have a proper screening of resumes in the least possible time. It will also be beneficial to search out for the best candidate, as in the manual sorting it is possible that the best & the most deserving candidate may be left behind. So, AI with its advanced research features will be beneficial for the recruiter as well as the volunteer.

2. Increase in Flexibility

The use of AI to have video interviews will bring full automation in the recruitment process. With such a feature, there will no restrictions such as fixed timing, availability of recruiting officer etc. The automation process will provide you the flexible timings to make both the parties comfortable with the time of their selection. Also, the interviews will be recorded for future reference so that the terms discussed in the conversation while having an interview can be viewed anytime & anywhere.

3. Change in Recruiting Process

As of now, the recruiting process is long and bound to many formalities. But with the arrival of AI & automation, there will be a huge change in the recruiting process. There will be no fixed office or place to have an interview as when the process will be automated then the whole process will take place online. The need of an officer to preside over the process can be neglected at times and can be replaced by recording the process to save for future and to inspect the candidate.

4. Limit the Research

Now, it is seen that many difficulties are faced while performing a research for an ideal candidate. It is also possible that many undeserving candidates are also given the chance due to lack of availability of candidates. But AI will help to shorten the research process to make ideal candidates present before you. The large scale of the area will be covered in the least time and the risk of selecting wrong ones is totally neglected.

5. Lower the Burden

The burden over the HR will be less and more focus can be put towards the improvement of the business rather than finding a suitable candidate. Automated results will be able to find the desired people for the vacant job profile. Also, screening of only best ones will decrease all the extra time and will make the process even shorter.

Conclusion

With so much ease at your desk, AI seems to be fitting for the task of video interviews. With lowering the risk of selecting wrong candidates, lowering the HR’s responsibilities and many other tasks which consume the whole time, will be done in minutes. Even the candidates will be having a plus point as they will be provided the best opportunity to grow in their desired fields. The use of AI & automation in conducting video interviews will definitely change the whole scenario about the recruiting industry.

Tips for Successful Video Interviews

Tips for Successful Video Interviews

The modern era is a time where technology plays a vital role in everyday’s tasks. Everyday something new is invented to make the living of the common people easier & comfortable. In the earlier phase, people have to travel miles for an interview but these days, everything is done online. Now you can have online video interviews, which save the time of both the recruiter as well as of the volunteer. Before going for an online video interview, there are many things that you need to look out for so that everything goes the way you have expected.

Here are the few things that you should check before having a video interview. Keep reading

1.  Be yourself

The most important thing that you should keep in mind at the time of interview is that you should be authentic & transparent and provide genuine data to the authority. Many make the mistake of withholding the important information or giving out false info, which becomes an issue afterward.

2.  Have a quality assured video

It is a key point to have a superior quality webcam as it will make your presentation more effective and it will be beneficial to present your performance as it is at the other end. So always watch out for any hindrance so that you can act smoothly while giving the interview.

3.  Practice is a key for Success

Practice the interview and record it on a video to see yourself that how have you performed. The major benefit that you will have is that you will get to know about your shortcomings and faults. You will be able to make improvements where you lack or stuck. Another thing is that you will come to know about the working of your gadgets & equipments.

4.  Have a good posture & poise

You will have more confidence in right posture and the way you speak. Always choose a comfortable sitting posture and try sitting with your back straight. Try to focus on your breathing as it will let some nervousness flush out and make use of hand gestures as well, but not too much.

5.  Check your background

You should eliminate things from your background that seem to distract you or which might distract your interviewer. Choose a decent background which is noise free and where you can put your full concentration on your interview. Check out an adequate lighting so that your face is visible. If possible, place a lamp behind your computer so that your face gets well lighted.

6.  Confirm Equipment

Make a proper check of your equipment like mike should be giving a superior quality sound, camera stands (if required), lights etc. Also make a pre-run of the software you are going to use for the online video interview like Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom to check the video quality. 

7.  Make eye contact

This is the most important aspect that you should look for; always make an eye contact with the interviewer by looking at the camera. This trick would ensure that you are actively participating and shows your level of alertness.

Conclusion

The more you practice and gain confidence in your abilities, the more likely you are to ace the interview and get the job. It would be beneficial for you to have a proper check of the mike & the gadgets you will use so that the interview goes well. The key thing to ace an interview is a practice, so repeat several times to make yourself perfect.

Future of Interviewing is Here – Mobile Video Interviews

Future of Interviewing is Here – Mobile Video Interviews

Just at the end of last year, EasyHire.me proudly to announced a new innovation within our system that will allow hiring managers to have an even easier time reviewing applicants! We have integrated our platform with the internet browser systems that are accessible both on iOS and Android.  Candidates can now take interviews any time and anywhere without the need to install additional apps.

Having the ability to take an interview instantly from any location in the world puts you, as a hiring team member, in a better position by improving efficiency between you and the candidates. Statistics show that it allows you to increase your exposure to new candidates by 36%*.

Since hundreds of other people are competing for the same position it is important to contact the hiring team as fast as possible to conduct your interview. Being able to see in which order the interviews come in as a hiring manager puts you in an advantageous spot. Here is what NPR said about a study done in 2015,

“being the first person to apply for an interview allows you to gain a more objective review of your resume and gives you a higher chance of landing the position you are seeking” – NPR, 2015.

 

Since those applying first will almost always be the ones who are genuinely seeking the position our new system removes the barrier of additional apps in order to get the hiring managers to the new contacts as soon as possible. If the statistics aren’t enough to satisfy you, check out these three reasons on why you should use our system.

Here are the three reasons why you should use EasyHire.me for your next position:

  1. Uniqueness – Hiring managers have hundreds of choices. Set yourself apart with a mobile video interview.
  2. Convenience – Integrated interviews allow you to take an interview from any device, anywhere. If you find yourself in the library, dorm, or just lounging in the comfort of your living room you can take out your phone and quickly come in contact with a hiring manager.
  3. Efficiency – As a hiring team member you are able to review more interviews in a shorter amount of time. If you are a skilled individual at your position, you can get faster feedback from the candidate in order

If you are getting too many of inconsistent results getting in contact with hiring teams, we would be happy to show how EasyHire.me can lead to conduction of efficient, consistent, and meaningful job interviews. See the official announcement for this update here. If you’re not using video interviews yet, click here to sign-up and try!

*INC.com 2017

Mobile Video Interviews: New Feature Release

Mobile Video Interviews: New Feature Release

The EasyHire.me Team is thrilled to announce the general availability of its mobile interface for on-demand interviews. Job seekers can now use their iPhone or Android phones/tablets to take on-demand interviews anytime and anywhere. The Mobile Video Interviews are recorded and made available for grading and sharing among the hiring team upon completion.

Benefits of Mobile Video Interviews:

  • No webcam, no problem. Candidates without a computer or webcam are still able to complete video interview via their mobile device.
  • Interview anytime, anywhere. Need to interview while vacationing or during your lunch break? Sure! Simply pull out your smartphone and take your interview anytime, anywhere.
  • High Definition video recording. Modern smartphones have better cameras than most computers.  Candidates can reliably capture high definition video.

How it works:

EasyHire.me Mobile Video Interviews do not require candidates to download and install any custom mobile applications. This feature works right from the build-in Safari (iOS) or Chrome (Android) browsers, making it taking interviews easier than ever!

Mobile video interviews enable candidates to complete their assessments faster, so the hiring team can accelerate its hiring decision and ultimately the overall hiring process.

At EasyHire.me we strongly believe that mobile video interview technologies give hiring teams the much-needed edge in today’s competitive talent market.

Contact us at sales@easyhire.me to learn more or sign up now to accelerate your hiring!

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