Is the Video Resume an Effective Recruiting Tool?
The traditional resume is still widely used by managers as a tool for recruiting talent. The resume is flat though and doesn’t give a clear image of who the candidate is, what skills they genuinely process and how well they communicate. To find out more about the candidate, the recruiter or hiring manager go the next step and set up phone interviews. What if you could combine the resume, phone interview and visual image of a candidate all in one place. Would this speed up the sorting and recruiting process?
I found on Business2Community site “The Future of the Traditional Resume” by Holly Wade. The piece indicated that at least 45% of hiring companies had used video interviews at least once.
Today, job seekers have so many avenues to search and apply for jobs, whether it’s through word-of-mouth, career pages, job posting engines, social media or college job fairs. Given changes in technology and the desire for personalization in the recruiting process, the future of the traditional resume is still unclear. Will it survive the era of video communication?
There are some pro & cons to using this technology in finding your next great hire.
- It’s a powerful tool to review how the candidate communicates their skills and experience.
- The candidate took a unique way to get your attention and could potentially indicate initiate, innovation or creativity.
- It’s a new and exciting way to pre-screen candidates.
- If you want to review the candidate’s resume, you have to go through the video again.
- Your organization prefers the traditional resume.
- By viewing the video, the recruiter or hiring manager may make a decision based on looks and not experience. This decision would be considered discrimination.
- Could the video have a virus in it?
Recruiters and hiring managers are always looking for ways to streamline the hiring process. You could try video resumes for one position in your company; for example, a marketing position. Find sites that cater to this job of resume — GetHired.com. They probably have smaller candidates visiting, though you may find the right talent for the position.
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