Not Your Standard Interview: Recruitment And Technology

No more CVs?

Yes, it’s true – CVs are dying. They are currently the standard means of communicating your qualifications and experience with employers, however, there is a marked movement away from this antiquated document. There is a growing recognition that CVs perhaps isn’t the best way to gauge a candidate’s skills. It’s simply a fact that not everyone is great at writing CVs. There is a general format to follow, and it’s easy to copy and paste a working formula, but how can an employer see through the clichés and tired phrases to the real talent hiding beneath? Now, some employers ask for key information to be typed into digital forms. This way they don’t need to navigate a clunky CV to find the information they need. Furthermore, it allows for the sorting of candidates by the information they key into the system, making it easier for the HR team to pick out the best candidates.

Changing the game with apps

Testing applicants’ skills have become more dynamic with the use of new testing apps. Some employers use these apps to see exactly what qualities, values, and skills their applicants have. The testing is made to be fun and engaging, while at the same time a useful analytical tool to gauge qualities such as trustworthiness, reliability, and creativity. It’s the interview that doesn’t feel like an interview. And at the end of the process, you’re usually given a report on how your skills came through.

Video interviews

Video interviews are a great way for employers to gauge your personality before deciding whether or not to hire you. In today’s employment market, being confident help. This is the place where YouTubers shine, as you’ll be expected to record your interview, look directly at the camera and talk about yourself. It’s a talent in itself to perform well in this situation, but this is an increasingly common reality for a wide range of employers. Sometimes you will only be given a couple of minutes to prepare your answers to the interview questions, and this is an exercise in thinking on your feet. Treat this like any other interview, except that no one will be responding to you in real time. If you thrive on people’s responses to what you’re saying, this type of interview will be a challenge, but it’s certainly something you can overcome. Succeeding in video interviews is a necessary skill to master to ensure employers are seeing the best side of you, and the best you have to offer.

So, as you can see, the entire recruitment process is changing. This is largely due to the increasing volume of applicants for each role, and the lengthy process of sifting through CVs to find the real superstars. Don’t be disheartened when encountering a new system – take this as an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the new recruitment landscape as it can only work to benefit you in the long run.