Online video chat platforms, social media, and online CVs are being used more than ever by businesses to recruit and interview job candidates. The once popular informational phone interview tactic is quickly becoming extinct in the developing business world as a direct result of businesses conducting interviews via Skype, Google Hangouts, or other video chat platforms.
It seems the days of Social Media being frowned upon by employers are over. Employers WANT to see you using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Etc. It gives them a means for researching you prior to the interview.
The Guardian points out that:
“42% of companies are now using video interviews to recruit roles, while 45% of employers now use social media to screen job candidates. Jobseekers are also increasingly using online profiles to find jobs, with 34% using Twitter to make first contact with employers.”
As a candidate, staying up to date and getting familiar with new technologies can be challenging, but is an absolute must.
Though it can be overwhelming to learn, there isn’t anything more frustrating than finding out you have an interview using a service or method you know nothing about. The same goes for the interviewer. Would you hire a candidate who can’t even figure out how to access their video chat properly? No, probably not.
On top of knowing how to use video chat services, cleaning up and staying active on social media is equally essential in the job-hunt process. Your Social Media platforms are the first place employers will look, aka they use these means to get to know you without actually meeting you.
With that said, if you’re looking for a new job you better supe up your social media presence, practice using Google Hangouts and Skype until you are an expert, and make sure your collective social brand identity speaks for itself across your entire social portfolio.
Stay on top of new technologies; it’ll pay off with immense benefits and differentiate you from the competition. It’s important and will help you stand out as an interviewee.