“Dear Taylor, You got the interview! [We] would like you to participate in a digital interview, powered by HireVue.” After reading these first couple sentences of my email, I was honestly filled with not only a sense of excitement but also of confusion and then, sudden panic. I am someone who could be defined as “technologically challenged.” The idea of completing an interview over a webcam was quite nerve racking. In an attempt to prepare myself for this interview, I took to the internet to help me figure out what I was doing. Thankfully, HireVue itself has several helpful resources to help someone prepare for this new form of interviewing. Between their blog posts and video tutorial, I soon had a better understanding of what would happen during that estimated 35 minutes.
When it comes to digital interviewing, there are two ways it can occur: 1. On Demand – one-way interview that can be completed on your own time before a set deadline, 2. Live Video – real-time interview with someone else that is scheduled. My interview was considered On Demand, and I was given five days for completion. Much like face-to-face, digital interviewing still requires you to prepare ahead of time, dress the part, and present yourself in the most appropriate way possible. It’s still an interview for a job/internship even though you aren’t in an office talking to an actual person. Once you decide to start your On Demand digital interview, the site (in my case, HireVue) provides step-by-step instructions to complete the process.
Based on my experience, here are my recommendations:
Overall, digital interviewing is quite painless. Yes, it was kind of odd shutting myself in a room and talking to my computer for a half an hour, but it was also convenient and simple. Thanks to technology, this form of interviewing may really start to catch on – especially in larger businesses and corporations. Face-to-face interviews will always be around, but be prepared because you may receive an email much like mine. And remember, you can call ACDC at 402-554-3672 to schedule a mock interview to prepare for any upcoming interviews.
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