According to Forbes, CNBC, and several other publications, up to 11.5 million people left their jobs in April, May, and June. Reasons for this mass exodus from the office are varied and personal and may indicate the American workforce transitioning from a “live to work” to a “work to live” mindset. Thinking about making a move? Planning a great career you can be passionate about is key, and maintaining a healthy work/life balance is emerging as another new normal.
Job search and hiring processes are also areas where candidates are more discerning and selective. Employers are offering bonuses, higher salaries, and better benefits to qualified candidates, who are also responding negatively to employers’ perceived dominion over where the work gets done. Driving across town for an interview with an untrained or unprepared recruiter, or reserving a block of hours for a phone screen is less appealing as candidates are prioritizing mental health and lifestyle. Even video conferencing has negatively affected the hiring process, with candidates and recruiters rating each other as less qualified and less likable after panel interviews.
What to do?
Here’s the bottom line: Regardless of the job, a screening interview is going to happen over the phone (most likely), video-conferencing (less likely), or in-person (least likely). I look at all of these methods as having a similar fatal flaw. All of them require two or more strangers going into interactions cold, and everyone involved feels the effects of a potentially awkward meeting.
Connexion Pointe® offers a simple solution: Since employers are working harder to get qualified applicants in the door, requiring their understanding of your skillset and possible fit before engaging is not unreasonable.
Even if the current labor shortage is temporary, job seekers should ride this wave while they can. Pointe Profile® can help with an asynchronous job-related video interview and supporting content highlighting what you bring to the role. Employers can learn what you need them to know about you on their own time from a safe distance, and get their ducks in a row before they reach out to you. Why is this better than other video interviewing solutions? Using our Pointe Profile® application, you don’t have to wait for them to ask. You design the narrative based on our database of job-related screening questions or create your own.
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