I don't have a favorite IT recruiting blog per se, but decided to check out Old Cheezhead, the online recruiting and SEO blog, and Recruiting.com's #1 ranked technology recruiting blog last year.
Well, what do you know, a podcast interview featuring blog partners Chad Sowash and Joel Cheesman that really shocked me. As you can hear, they are anything but advocates for video resumes, and many of their points make good sense.
But as a senior marketing pro who regularly hires such talent, I would appreciate the opportunity to see and listen to someone I couldn't meet personally to help evaluate them - communication and speaking skills, creativity and "good on one's feet" acumen - in the hiring process. And irrespective of EEOC laws and regulations, I figured that video resumes would be coming into their own by now in our YouTube society.
Well, I quickly learned why they are AND are not.
I ventured to YouTube and viewed a few dozen of the more than 22,000 video resume posts. As reality TV has taught us, there is very little that is broadcast which is truly "real". And that's exactly why I don't think they work very well. They're a show, a production - a pre-meditated presentation. Sometimes done very amateurishly; other times done quite slickly. Even others start out okay, but end up making you scratch your head about what the individual's ultimate career aspirations really are.
In any case, there are key elements always missing from a more authentic face-to-face meeting. Sure, candidates can put on a bit of an act during an interview, but I have much greater control over evaluating their personality, perspective, drive and energy by unprompted questions and topics.
I think those seeking a position in the entertainment industry are one steady exception to my video resume rules and reactions. If you effectively entertain, sometimes it just may work!
What do you think?
photo fromIndian Business Blog