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It’s 2020: Are You Ready to Cross the Talent Chasm?

It’s 2020: Are You Ready to Cross the Talent Chasm?

The Reality of “Workforce 2020”

More than two decades ago, industry researchers and influencers – consultants, universities, the labor census bureau – made bold predictions regarding the massive changes our nation would experience in the next 20 years, referring to the phenomenon as “Workforce 2020”.  These thought leaders reported that the labor pool, which was dominated by white males, would become more demographically diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity and age, ultimately, creating a “minority-majority” workforce.

While these demographic projections have very much come to fruition, no one could have imagined the impact that technology would have on employment today, or could have predicted the effect of social, political, and economic influences on workforce models and behaviors.  Consider trends such as:

Historic low unemployment. Digital transformation. Skills gaps. Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic process automation (RPA). Globally connected work communities. Cultural diversity. Gig economy. Millennial workplace demands. Workforce of the future.

To name a few.

These forces are very real and, as a result,  are keeping CEOs and CHROs up at night in this tight labor market. In the Conference Board’s C-Suite Challenge 2019™, more than 800 CEOs surveyed reported that talent acquisition and retention was their highest internal concern; while The Hackett Group 2019 CHRO Key Issues Study found that HR leaders have added the ability to address talent and critical skills shortages to their plate of top improvement priorities, but have not been able to give this crucial area the attention it deserves.

The Shift to Modern Talent Acquisition Approaches

As we enter a new decade, these talent challenges will quickly become more profound, since we will quickly move from trends to reality and organizations will feel the financial impact of unhealthy talent pipelines and unfilled critical roles. As HR, Talent and Recruiting professionals, we can no longer depend on the inefficiencies of a linear requisition-to-hire process. In fact, only 6 percent of respondents to the Deloitte 2019 Global Human Capital Trends survey believed their recruitment function processes and technologies were best-in-class, while 81% believed they were standard or below standard.

As a result, HR and Talent leaders are entertaining modern approaches to talent acquisition to broaden their talent pools; to better nurture candidate relationships and connect with prospective employees; to shrink the time-to-hire to avoid losing skilled talent to other opportunities and competitors during the recruiting cycle; and to build their employment brands.  As organizations compete for the same top talent, their recruiting tactics will need include next-gen execution strategies.

Watch-list of Talent Trends

 Some trends to watch out for in 2020 include…

  • Alternative interviewing techniques, incorporating live video and on-demand video interview technology to improve speed, quality and the candidate experience
  • Recruitment automation to eliminate waste and improve processes and productivity such as screening, scheduling, and feedback loops
  • Collaborative recruiting to identify candidates via a combination of traditional and new sources that build talent networks and communities to sustain a healthy and diverse pipeline
  • Online structured interviews to accelerate interviewer competence and consistency, while ensuring equity in the process
  • Blended workforce models, including accessing freelance talent, to allow for efficient scaling up and down
  • Personal assistants and chatbots that create an on-demand, personalized candidate experience

With the war for talent at its all-time peak, it is not enough to simply refresh existing processes; it is time for organizations to reinvent their talent acquisition strategies. By leveraging modern tools and technologies, recruiting organizations can identify, access, and engage the right talent with speed and agility.

Share Your Talent Acquisition Plans for 2020!

What plans do you have to enhance your talent acquisition process? What outcomes are you trying to achieve? Take our poll to build cross-industry knowledge of the top next-gen recruiting strategies!

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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.

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

Why Video Interviews Are Seeing Increased Adoption

Why Video Interviews Are Seeing Increased Adoption

Finding the right candidate can be challenging and time-consuming. “Companies are implementing video interviews more and more, and people are actually getting hired faster now, because it’s less time and less aggravation on both ends,” says Paul J. Bailo, a digital executive and author of “The Essential Digital Interview Handbook.”

By adding video to the interview process, organizations and recruiters can quickly pre-screen multiple candidates at once, and observe verbal cues and body language to choose the right candidates.

Video interviews give employers the chance to test a candidate’s on-screen presence, but that’s not the only reason for this growing trend. Organizations state that conducting initial interviews with video saves them time, money and scheduling headaches and allows them to see more candidates than they would be able to manage otherwise. Recruiters can replay or review anything that catches their eye and compare candidates to narrow down the field before inviting a selection for a face-to-face interview or to an assessment centre.

While traditional interview processes probably aren’t going away any time soon, the time- and cost-saving benefits of interviewing someone via video, and its ability to transcend geographical barriers, will eventually lead to a significant reduction in face-to-face interviews. Video interviewing increases speed of hire, allowing recruiters to focus more time and energy on the best candidates.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2030 the hyper-connected, tech savvy generation of millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. This new wave of people are tech literate, and accustomed to being connected anywhere, at any time. Thanks to the rise of mobile, cloud and social, millennials are used to flexibility, openness and instantly connecting with people regardless of their location. By adding video and collaboration features such as chat to the early stages of the interview process, employers can help millennial feel connected, and create the experience similar to social platforms.

At EasyHire.me, we believe that video is an essential part of today’s recruiting process. Based on the latest WebRTC protocol, video is supported by most browsers and doesn’t require installing any additional software. With EasyHire.me, employers can drastically accelerate their interview process by requesting candidates to take online video interviews, schedule live interviews, have them recorded and then collaborate among the team online when making a decision.

Watch a mashup of cinema’s most disastrous job interview scenes—do you think these companies could have benefited by doing video interviews? https://youtu.be/QBytUesZHl8