Want to come across as a savvy candidate during your next job interview? Show you’re up-to-date on important trends and tools in hiring and recruiting.
Specifically, as you prepare your answers to interview questions, take the time to prepare for the logistics, too.
Here are six tactics we’ve seen often in the past year or so that are becoming commonplace. Get ready for each… and ace the interview!
1. Video Interviews (Beyond Just Screening)
While not exactly new, an increasing global workforce has made video interviews more than commonplace; it is the norm. In some cases, the video interview is only for the first interview. However, lately we’ve seen multi-location organizations conduct their entire hiring processes virtually.
While you may not be physically in the same room, video interviews are much like regular interviews. So prepare accordingly, do your research on the company, interviewer, job and yourself. Check your sound, lighting and camera. Join the call five minutes before it’s scheduled. And then smile.
2. One-Way Video
More and more, we’re seeing companies request that candidates prepare a video introducing themselves or answering certain questions. They give each candidate the same set of instructions and evaluate the quality of the answers and the candidate’s ability to follow instructions. In every case, the employer is evaluating your poise, confidence and ability to communicate using digital media.
If asked to create and upload a one-way video, invest a little bit of money in an LED light, lavalier microphone and tri-pod for your phone/camera. For just a few bucks each, these tools will make you look good… and help you stand out.
3. Screen Shared Virtual Presentations
Being asked to create a presentation and delivering it via Google Chat, Join.me or Go-To-Webinar is another trend we have seen recently.
Like video interviews, asking a candidate to craft and present a Powerpoint or Presi slide deck, typically to explain and answer a hypothetical situation, is a great way to save money and time. During these shared screen presentations, not only are your virtual communication skills being judged, so are your analytical thinking and problem solving skills, and emotional intelligence.
4. Offsite Group Interviews
Offline group interviews are not just the traditional panel interviews that resemble a corporate inquisition; group interviews can happen over a meal or casual networking event among several key managers and the candidate.
This tactic helps all involved gauge chemistry between all parties and if the candidate is a good cultural fit. And it allows you, the candidate, to see how you’ll interact with the existing team. Our best advice during group offsite interview: be yourself (or at least the conservative, one-drink-is-enough-tonight version of yourself!).
5. Performance and Financial Transparency
Candidates want to know about company financials, problems experienced and cultural quirks. Companies want to know candidate idiosyncrasies, achievements, and salary histories. And the only way to get this information is… to ask.
Be prepared for the (legal) questions you don’t want the employer to ask, but know they will. This way you come across prepared for the difficult and challenging questions. And have a question set of your own ready, including those about the company’s financial standing, evaluations and funding requirements.
6. Boldly Stating a Compensation Range First
By now, people on both sides of the recruiting desk know the age-old negotiating truism: “whoever says the first number loses.” So, much of the advice we receive is to hold out and not say anything at all.
Well, this was great advice at one time, but it is rarely an effective negotiation strategy today. I can tell you first hand, as a recruiter, many candidates I interviewed did not move on to the next step after using this tactic. This is why recruiters press for the desired salary number—and you need to be ready with a well-researched and reasonable range. Then with achievements and the gravitas to pull it off, say it confidently.
You’ve worked hard to get noticed, so don’t leave your next interview to chance. Be ready for the latest trends and tools being used to conduct your interview!
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Chameleon Resumes.
About the Author: Lisa Rangel, founder and managing director of Chameleon Resumes, a Forbes Top 100 Career Website, has helped hundreds land the exact job they wanted. A former recruiter, she is a 7-time certified resume writer, job search consultant, and one of the few resume writers performing resume and job search-related work for LinkedIn. Lisa has been featured on Forbes, LinkedIn, Investors Business Daily, and many more publications. Follow Lisa on Twitter!