We’ve written several articles recently expressing the significant benefits of infullview’s video interview Profiles for individuals applying for jobs, but there is no better proof than a real life example. So here it is…
Mariana’s story is similar to a lot of job seekers in today’s competitive job market. After returning to Sydney from having living and worked in Brazil for several years, Mariana had a very strong CV, including suitable qualifications and experience for the jobs being applied for, but her CV just wasn’t grabbing enough attention.
The Recruitment agency Mariana was working with knew that she had the business acumen and communication skills required by employers, but they needed to present Mariana to Hiring Managers in a way that grabbed their attention and showed off these attributes that a CV can’t convey. Luckily for Mariana, the Recruitment agency she worked with uses infullview to showcase their candidates to employers, and following Mariana’s profile being created with 5 brilliantly captured videos of her answering questions such as; ‘What are you 3 Greatest Strengths’ and ‘What motivates you to do a good job’, Mariana’s profile grabbed the attention of an employer and she was invited for a face-to-face interview before being successfully offered the job.
You can view Mariana’s profile here , and lookout for our next Blog post where we will be speaking to Mariana to find out how she found the experience of using infullview’s platform, and any tips she has for people who want to have similar success in getting hired using our online video technology.
We’ve all got a CV. Chances are it’s dull, it’s boring and it doesn’t really give employers any sense of who we really are or what we are really capable of. We’ve created, updated and trusted in this monologue of ourselves for a long time. We send it out in a mass email to all the Recruiters, LinkedIn Networks and HR email addresses we can get hold of, hoping that one of the recipients will have the patience to read through all the words and realise that we really are more than a quantity of work experience (years) and an array of qualifications (hard work), which it’s likely the other job applicants possess as well.
Let’s be honest, your success in landing any job over someone else just as skilled and qualified as you is completely determined by your ability to build repour with the hiring manager/s. But you first have to land an interview to get the chance to WOW them with your drive, ambition and ability to communicate those critical skills they are looking for. It makes complete sense then that all your upfront effort goes into capturing the employer’s attention – Right? So why do we put all our efforts into just updating a piece of paper? How many different coloured fonts, font types, and layouts/formats do you think the average Recruiter/Hiring Manager see’s when reviewing CV’s for say; a Sales Manager role? Answer: A LOT! Yes a lot, and your CV goes into the same pile as everyone else’s, creating a pot luck chance you catch the manager at the right time of day when they have the right attention span to read all the important bits on your CV.
Plain and simply; CV’s do not do the job they used to. This is not only because 65% of the population are actually visual learners, but also because Hiring Managers are under more and more pressure to deliver Business as usual tasks that reading CV’s is often the least of their priorities. CV’s are only still in use in modern Business for two primary reasons; 1) the age old adage “that’s just the way it’s always been done” 2) there has not previously been an alternative solution offered.
So like all change (also known as innovation) the world relies on a small % of the population (also known as innovators) to start doing something different (also known as innovative). If you are reading this article thinking “WOW, he’s right – I need something more than a CV to capture attention of employers” then you will be pleased to know our platform is ready and waiting for you to use, for you to finally be ‘seen’ when applying for a job!
How? Video interview profiles that look like this!
1. Up to 5 videos of you answering specific interview questions (you can even choose the questions you want to answer)
2. Links to (all, some or none of) your social media pages
3. Your Uploaded CV and any other Documents you choose to share (Portfolios of work, Proof of Qualifications, Certificates of achievement)
4. A brief summary of your skills for employers to get a snapshot of the best bits
5. A brief summary of your Current/Last employer (or current School/University if you are still Studying)
WHAT YOUR INFULLVIEW PROFILE COSTS:
Nothing! It’s FREE; Free for students, Free for first time job seekers, Free for all job seekers.
HOW DO YOU CREATE A PROFILE?
With ease, you just need a computer with a web cam and an internet connection. It takes about 10 minutes and you can see here for the simple instructions on how it works:
We only ask one thing of our users; that you enjoy being seen on video (oh and let us know your feedback or any success stories you have with landing a job interview using our platform) …firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy interviewing. Enjoy being seen, infullview.
Psychologists often throw around statistics on the importance of verbal vs. non-verbal communication, and it’s recently been said that 60% of communication is through body language. When it comes to communicating over the internet via video, you might be thinking body language is less important because you are not in the same room, or in the case of infullview you are not actually having a live conversation – but we believe it’s actually just as important, if not more so!
Putting it simply, your videos are a visual representation of how you present yourself in a work context. They can be replayed, skipped and easily compared against other People’s video interviews, and therefore body language may actually be the differentiator on video more than what you actually say. As such, we wanted to give you some tips on body language and how they can be applied when capturing your video interviews:
Symmetry is basically your position to the person you are communicating with. Let’s say you and the other person are sitting in chairs. They are facing toward you, but you are facing 45 degrees from them. Your symmetry is off. If your head is cocked to one side, or one side of your body does not match the other then the symmetry is off.
By shifting to face the other person, or in an online video context – shift to face the camera, while leaning slightly forwards with an open posture you can draw the viewer in. By turning away from the camera, or closing your posture you won’t grab their attention from the outset, and will instead show your lack of interest in this line of communication.
Posture can convey interest or disinterest. You can slouch or sit up straight and each of these actions conveys something to the other person. We suggest you choose sitting up straight which shows interest, and therefore your video will receive the viewer’s interest in return. Equally if you show disinterest in your body language you can guarantee the viewer will find you disinteresting.
3. Open and closed positions
If you fold your arms across your chest it is generally viewed as a closed posture and you are communicating that you are not listening. Instead try placing your hands in your lap, or even just comfortably rested on your legs to communicate a confident and natural demeanour – exactly what employers want.
4. Facial expression
We love this one. The thumbnail image that gets saved for each of your videos is taken from the first couple of seconds of your video recording, so smiling really is essential! Your face lights up when you smile, and positive energy radiates from a happy and friendly expression, even on video!
Distractions of any kind will take your viewer’s attention away from what you are saying. Be expressive in your passion for what you do and how you do it, but be mindful not to move around too much (using your hands or tapping your leg are the most common), because not only will it affect the video quality but it may look like you’ve spent a bit too long in front of your home computer and not enough time out in the real world
Overall we want you to showcase yourself and stand out on video for the right reasons, so take some time to position yourself and your camera before you start, and then capture yourself in a way you would find appropriate if you were the interviewer, but also in a way you that makes you proud to be seen.
Happy interviewing…in full view!
Over the years, companies like Skype have worked hard to make us all more ‘used’ to seeing ourselves on video when talking over the internet. But while they have succeeded in getting us used to it, have they really made us feel ‘comfortable’ about doing it?? Unlike Skype with its live video streaming, infullview offers you a way to capture yourself on video in the context of applying for a job (for people new to infullview that means you interview without live meetings). As such, we feel it’s absolutely necessary for us to bridge this ‘comfort gap’ and help you feel more at ease with, so you can benefit from, captured video interviewing.
Here are our Top Tips…we call them our IFV’s (interviewing for video simplified)
IFV #1 – Webcam: Ensure your webcam is properly connected, our video technology will automatically switch your camera on when it’s needed. You can re-record your videos, so ensure you capture a test video the first time to make sure your webcam and microphone are working properly.
IFV #2 – Lighting: Make sure the lighting is enough for you to be seen, the best way to position yourself is with light shining onto your face, rather than coming from behind you.
IFV #3 – How to sit: Make sure you sit in a comfortable position, with your camera (or your screen if you have a built in camera) at arm’s reach from you.
IFV #4 – Eye contact: Position your Camera so that it sits within the centre of your eye line, this is to ensure that you are not looking up, down or sideways at the camera.
IFV #5 – What to wear: Just because you can interview at home in your underwear, doesn’t mean you should! Dress to impress for the job and company you are targeting – you are interviewing after all!
IFV #6 – Background: Be mindful of when and where you capture your videos, the last thing you want to happen is to record a great interview and realise you’ve got Snoop Dogg playing in the background, and your Personal portrait hanging on the wall behind you
IFV #7 – Where to interview: Just because you can interview on a beach with your laptop, doesn’t mean you should! Think about lighting, background noise and what impression you are trying to give when choosing your location.
IFV #8 – How long: Each interview question is limited to a 2 minute video response, and will stop automatically at 2 minutes. You are expected to answer the question within this time, around 1 minute is a good length for your answer.
IFV #9 – How to act: This is a captured interview, you are interviewing for a job, therefore how you act on video show to employers why you are right for the job. Be yourself, smile, and treat the video capture process as a way to really show employers your clout.
IFV #10 – Preparation: Rehearsing answers, or reading your answers off a piece of paper will come across badly on video. Employers using video interviewing want an upfront impression of who you are, so give an honest, unplanned answer that will show your true personality.
We hope you find these helpful, and please do get in touch if you have any other tips to make ‘interviewing for video simplified’… email@example.com
Otherwise, look out for our video tutorials coming shortly, which will show you tips and tricks for using our Platform and all it’s cool features.
Happy interviewing – in full view
Visit infullview.com today and you will see our Beta platform in all it’s glory, ready and waiting for you to immediately start benefiting from captured video interviewing! Sign up for a free trial if you are new, or login to manage your existing Profiles and Jobs. Enjoy it. It’s great! But in the words of John F Kennedy; “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future!”. We know you don’t want to miss that, so become one of our excited Beta users and be the first to experience the future of video interviewing with the launch of our full platform in the coming weeks!
Putting it simply, we are moving from Beta… to Better! After an extensive 4 months of testing, re-work, testing, re-builds, testing, re-design (each looped a couple of times), we are now able to put our excitement before you, in this, our list of improvements and enhancements you will see.
As we move away from Beta, its important to note that our users can sleep easy knowing that we will are consistently working hard to ensure that service won’t be interrupted during this transition. What’s more, while the overall functionality hasn’t changed, we have seriously improved the user interface making our platform even easier to use! “how is that possible, it was ridiculously easy already!?”, we hear you yell. Well here’s how:
1. Less steps to create a profile… because 4 steps was just too many we’ve now streamlined the Profile creation for both businesses and individuals to just 3 steps:
STEP 1: Personal (or Business) details, plus your social media links
STEP 2: Questions and Video capture
STEP 3: Upload documents and images
2. Redesigned user dashboards… because we want you to be able to review, edit and share profiles, and even top up for more credits, all from one account page. Just login, and it will all be there waiting for you.
3. More options for sharing your profile… because your social media usage evolved and we wanted to evolve with you. Share your Profiles to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and now Google+! Or even use our simple email template built that’s now built within each Profile – #E.A.S.Y.
4. Stylish new Profile design… because we want our Profiles to be more to your liking:
- using a cool, stylish and neutral white background
- making your videos the focus point of who you are
- only sharing your essential contact information
- summarising your information without viewers needing to open additional windows
5. Better document uploading… because we don’t completely hate your Paper CV and Portfolio
6. Improved pre-defined questions… because we’ve been working with industry experts to create a list of questions that will give businesses the best results. You can still choose your own of course.
7. Better video technology… because infullview is all about helping you to be seen, so we want you to look your best! Now with clearer capture, faster saving and video playback, the only thing you need to make sure of is not interviewing in your underwear!
We love hearing from our users, so if you have any feedback on our Beta platform or any of the changes you will see magically appear to infullview.com this month, then please do get in touch with our team by email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Otherwise, we hope you are as excited as we are by this next step in our Revolution!