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Online video to replace traditional job interviews?

ReelSEO has a tendency to write about unconventional predictions, especially ideas pertaining to the realm of online videographer Chicago. That being said, today’s post by Jeremy Scott does not disappoint.

In a global marketplace, employers are beginning to realize that their best potential employees might not live in the same city, the same state, or even the same country. The connecting power of the Internet and social media, however, give companies the ability to recruit and screen potential applicants no matter how far away they may live. And online video production is playing a huge role in this shift in the way hiring is done.

A few years ago, I applied for a videographer Chicago job with a large marketing firm in a city three states away. After several phone interviews, the company eventually flew me out, put me up in a nice hotel, bought me meals, and spent a day interviewing me. Ultimately, I decided not to take the job offer, though the company and its people impressed me.

I couldn’t have been the only applicant. And the video production firm was large enough, that I have to believe many of their other applicants were also flown out on the company’s dime. Imagine the money they could have saved by conducting those interviews on Skype instead of in person.

Videographer Chicago services like Skype are a godsend to hiring managers, and the accounting folks love it too. Inc. interviewed Perry Blacher, the CEO of a company called Covestor. Covestor uses Skype heavily for recruiting, and Blacher’s a big fan because he’s able to see a candidate’s appearance and non-verbal communication without having to be in the same room physically:

“You can sort of see in people’s body language things like enthusiasm. Visual signals [are as important] as the things people say.”

Blacher has even used Skype to allow multiple people in his company to speak with the same applicant on a party line.

Another company profiled by Inc. is J. Arnold & Associates, a research and analysis firm. Jon Arnold thinks video production is rapidly replacing old-school hiring and employment practices:

“These things are really starting to make video such a common part of our vocabulary now. It’s almost like you’re getting to the point where you’re going to expect it, not so much that it’s a bonus. That’s how fast it’s moving.”

Videographer Chicago hiring, like video resumés, is inevitable. Just as it’s now common for employers to Google prospective employees or check out their Facebook pages, video interviews will be the norm. There’s just too much upside. Employers save money and time, and are able to tap into a wider pool of applicants. Applicants get a chance to stand out from their competition by showcasing their professionalism and personality.

However… we’re not there yet. As Inc. reminds us in their final sentence: all the hiring managers interviewed for the article say they still perform in-person interviews as a final step before making a job offer.

But the trend is underway, and it’s probably irreversible. Video interviews convey more than phone interviews ever can, while sparing the cost of the in-person variety. Heck, you might even use Skype to help land your very next job.

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