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DigitalCareer’s Take on Implementing Innovative Methods to Job Interviews

22/03/2018

According to LinkedIn’s research the traditional way of interviewing candidates is widely used and believed to be an effective interview method. However, the research also shows that traditional interviews fail in getting a better understanding of candidate soft skills and weaknesses, and based on their research, LinkedIn has come up with 5 techniques on how to improve the old model of interviewing candidates:

  • Online Soft Skills Assessments:
    Measure traits like teamwork and curiosity and give a more holistic picture of candidates earlier in the process.
  • Job Auditions:
    Companies pay candidates to do real work so that they can observe skills in action.
  • Casual Interviews:
    Typically takes place over a meal and can offer a unique look into candidate character.
  • Virtual Reality (VR):
    Companies immerse candidates in simulated 3D environments to test their skills in a standardized way.
  • Video Interviews:
    Can be recorded or live and help by tapping a broader talent pool in far less time.

 

We, DigitalCareer, know how essential it is to recruit the right digital candidates with the right competences. We agree that improving job interviews with innovative methods can result in getting a better understanding of candidates’ soft skills and weaknesses, and finally end up with long-term high quality employers.

However, the innovative interview methods presented by LinkedIn: Job Auditions, Virtual Reality (VR), Video Interviews and Casual Interviews “over a meal”, are from our point of view practically challenging.

HERE’S WHY

  1. The Legal Ties
    First of all, paid Job Auditions are not possible in all countries. Denmark is an example, since it is not legal to pay candidates under audition terms.

 

  1. The Time Factor
    Second of all, Virtual Reality (VR), Causal Interviews “over a meal” and Video Interviews are, in a realistic sense, simply too time-consuming. Imagine having 15-20 candidates, whom you have to either schedule a meeting through a dinner, Virtual Reality (VR) tests or video interviews. In the end, it would slow down the process.

 

We do see a potential in these innovative methods, and we constantly strive to improve ourselves, and be ahead of the game. Therefore, we would like to present how DigitalCareer implement innovative techniques into our interviews:

We work with a more practical approach to enhance our interviews through the two following techniques:

 

  1. Online Soft Skills Assessment
    As emphasized, it is practically not possible to interview candidates over a meal, when dealing with several candidates. Instead, we focus on creating a casual atmosphere the minute the candidate steps into the foyer:

 

  1. Casual Interviews
    Second of all, Virtual Reality (VR), Causal Interviews “over a meal” and Video Interviews are, in a realistic sense, simply too time-consuming. Imagine having 15-20 candidates, whom you have to either schedule a meeting through a dinner, Virtual Reality (VR) tests or video interviews. In the end, it would slow down the process.

 

  • We take our time to get to know the candidates
  • We ask questions outside the usual script
  • We make sure to create a situation where the candidates and we/DigitalCareer are at an equal footing

 

Through our experience of interviewing thousands of candidates, we know by first-hand-experience that by implementing the above-mentioned, it has created a more casual atmosphere in our interviews. The candidates reveal more of their “real selves”, which gives us and our clients a more realistic view on how the candidates will behave and function in a work place after a three-month-employment.

These two innovative interview techniques can have a positive impact on how to achieve a more predictable screening of candidates’ future success in a given workplace. These two techniques have surely been a success for DigitalCareer so far.

Our mission is to help our clients and candidates to find each other. If you think we have overlooked something or want to share any thoughts in innovative interview techniques, you are more than welcome to share it with us.

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