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The Growing Trend of Video Interviews

The Growing Trend of Video Interviews

Finding the right candidate can be challenging and time-consuming. “Companies are implementing video interviews more and more, and people are actually getting hired faster now, because it’s less time and less aggravation on both ends,” says Paul J. Bailo, a digital executive and author of “The Essential Digital Interview Handbook.”

By adding video to the interview process, organizations and recruiters can quickly pre-screen multiple candidates at once, and observe verbal cues and body language to choose the right candidates.

Video interviews give employers the chance to test a candidate’s on-screen presence, but that’s not the only reason for this growing trend. Organizations state that conducting initial interviews with video saves them time, money and scheduling headaches and allows them to see more candidates than they would be able to manage otherwise. Recruiters can replay or review anything that catches their eye and compare candidates to narrow down the field before inviting a selection for a face-to-face interview or to an assessment centre.

While traditional interview processes probably aren’t going away any time soon, the time- and cost-saving benefits of interviewing someone via video, and its ability to transcend geographical barriers, will eventually lead to a significant reduction in face-to-face interviews. Video interviewing increases speed of hire, allowing recruiters to focus more time and energy on the best candidates.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2030 the hyper-connected, tech savvy generation of millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. This new wave of people are tech literate, and accustomed to being connected anywhere, at any time. Thanks to the rise of mobile, cloud and social, millennials are used to flexibility, openness and instantly connecting with people regardless of their location. By adding video and collaboration features such as chat to the early stages of the interview process, employers can help millennial feel connected, and create the experience similar to social platforms.

At HireOwl, we believe that video is an essential part of today’s workplace. Based on the latest WebRTC protocol, HireOwl video is supported by most browsers and doesn’t require installing any additional software. With HireOwl, you can watch students’ video resumes, chat with them, share files or engage in a live video meeting.

Watch a mashup of cinema’s most disastrous job interview scenes—do you think these companies could have benefited by doing video interviews? https://youtu.be/QBytUesZHl8

Where to Find Best SAT/ACT Tutors

Where to Find Best SAT/ACT Tutors

Universities across America have a stockpile of currently enrolled students who, in their free time enjoy tutoring their friends and peers. Most of these tutors work as either language class tutors such as Mandarin, Spanish, Italian, and French, or they enjoy tutoring students in math, English, and standard testing exams. HireOwl connects with these students and gives them the opportunity to not only help freshmen through seniors in college get perfect grades on their exams, but offer them the opportunity to get positions as workers that can help you reach your personal goals. Whether it be tutoring for the SAT’s or ACT’s, or a teaching English to children across the world, we have the most qualified students at your fingertips.

You may be asking yourself why these students are right for you, the answer is simple. The students partnered with our service have excelled in their fields of studies. For example, SAT or ACT tutors understand the material on the exam and are even recommended by CollegeBoard. The official statement from the CollegeBoard is, “Using a tutor may increase individual scores by 50 points. This translates to an increase of 150 points on your composite score” (CollegeBoard.com, 2016). This could assist in your customer satisfaction and customer retention. Additionally many of our language tutors are foreign exchange students that came to America in order to further their studies and are excited to teach you languages they have known their whole lives.

Through the use of video tutoring paired with our new video resume system you can pick and choose which tutors are the best for the situation and job you are offering. Many of the tutors who display their resumes on HireOwl have been tutors for over 3 years, and through the analysis of their prior work history have been successful with positive reviews. These are the same students that will be advertised to you and will apply to your listing through our service.

When you begin your search for tutors make sure to check out the video profiles that are featured in their applications because you may find yourself with the right person almost instantly. To get started with your search with us feel free to post a job listing by following this link.

Why students should participate in the HireOwl referral program

Why students should participate in the HireOwl referral program

Hello Student! We have a couple of questions for you:

  1. Are you a university student who has many connections with your peers on campus?
  2. Are you interested in setting up a network of people who will grow and progress with you?

At HireOwl you are given the opportunity to invite your peers to join you on your career seeking adventure. Through the “Refer a Friend” system every time you get somebody to sign up and apply for a job you make money. By recruiting enough of your friends you can make up to 2,000 dollars, and since you’re inviting your friends it encourages more employers to post jobs as they notice that there are more potential employees.

Having the ability to recruit your friends to the website gives you a great skill which is social marketing. By learning social marketing at an early stage in your career development you’ll become a more valuable asset to any corporation as this is something that can generate sales for any business.

With tools provided by HireOwl you’ll be able to see how successful you are in your recruiting process by tracking your stats in the “Referral” section on your profile. Most importantly this opportunity gives you a chance to see what your friends are skilled in.

With a powerful social network you’ll be able to enter any career field with your peers and be able to start an entry level business. If you’re looking for more information on how our referral program works in a step by step system feel free to follow this link.

Login to HireOwl and start earning referral $ now!

Student Profile That Lands a Job

Student Profile That Lands a Job

What is the first thing a business notices about your online presence before giving you a chance for an interview? Your profile. A poor profile shows a business that you’re not capable of providing an organized list of resources and that you may be incapable to complete even the easiest of tasks. Here at HireOwl we will give you the best guide to teach you how to craft yourself a concise and professional profile worthy of any job position.

Quick Q&A

Question: Why should I have a complete profile?

Answer: There are limitless benefits to having a full profile, but the main reason is that the employer will get a quick and easy way to evaluate your work, and profiles that are 100% complete get priority over those that aren’t which immediately puts you ahead of the competition. Here is a quick and easy 2 step guide to having a profile that all employers love to see.

Step 1: Fill Out These Essential Categories

  • Make sure you have a high quality photo. The first thing someone sees before they even have a chance to talk to you is how you look. By having a high quality picture you put yourself ahead of those with grainy images.
  • List your best skills and don’t leave any out! If you’ve done graphic design and it’s your passion make sure to list it as one of your skills. But if you’ve also mastered the Microsoft Office Suite through your college years as many students have, you can also list that as a skill. The more skills you have the more versatile you can be when applying for jobs.
  • List your references, blogs, and social media. Remember a business will make sure that you’re doing the best job at representing them so social media presence and references are extremely important. If it’s your first time listing references do not worry! If you have family friends or coaches that have known you for a long time they can be listed in that category.

Step 2: Create a Video Profile

  • Use your webcam and create a video. In an ever evolving business world millennials need to seize the tools that will put them ahead of the curve. Due to our recent partnership with IntegriVideo we can now integrate video with your student profile. Here are some of the statistics and success stories of having a video on your profile.

“In a survey of more than 500 hiring managers at companies with more than 20 employees, OfficeTeam found that 63 percent said their company often uses videoconferencing for job interviews.”

John Scohen, CNBC.com

  • If you mess up don’t worry. HireOwl allows you to record and re-record your attempts as many times as you’d like before you get the perfect one. In addition you can choose your thumbnail to be the most appealing part of the video. Due to the fact that HireOwl prefers students with 100% completed profiles and recommends them higher to employers it’s very crucial to complete a video profile!

Now that you’ve read this Q&A and two-step guide to success in kickstarting your career what are you waiting for? Log into your HireOwl profile today and get started!

Announcement: HireOwl Video Meetings

Announcement: HireOwl Video Meetings

Announcement

Team HireOwl is thrilled to announce general availability of instant video meetings, powered by innovative video technology from IntegriVideo. 

Overview

HireOwl video is built into the existing chat component, and makes it easy for students and employers to connect via live video—anytime, anywhere. Based on the latest WebRTC protocol, HireOwl video is supported by most browsers and doesn’t require installing any additional software.

How it works

HireOwl video naturally ties into existing workflows—students and employers can meet for interviews or new assignments. It’s also great for regular check-ins. Just start a video meeting to see a person face-to-face, and discuss progress on a project. All video sessions are automatically recorded and available for playback. 

Why video

Did you know that up to 65% of communications in meetings are non-verbal? With video, you can better understand the meaning by observing verbal cues and body language. And video is a powerful tool to build strong, ongoing work relationships with remote teams—we feel more engaged and connected when we see each other’s facial expressions.

What’s next

At HireOwl, we believe that video is an essential part of today’s workplace. Log into your HireOwl account and use video for your next meeting. 

About HireOwl

HireOwl.com is a fast-growing student employment network, helping thousands of students around the world find jobs and internships. HireOwl offers employers an easy way to connect to a large network of students to quickly fill their positions. HireOwl integrates real-time video and collaboration technologies as a complete solution for hiring and virtual workspace.

About IntegriVideo

IntegriVideo.com offers industry-leading video solutions in the form of web components, such as WebRTC-based video, chat, recording, file sharing and much more. IntegriVideo offers an advanced analytics platform for real-time analytics and monitoring, which allows subscribers to scale and optimize their offering.
The Benefits of Hiring Students Versus Hiring Graduates.

The Benefits of Hiring Students Versus Hiring Graduates.

As employers we’ve all been faced with difficulty in hiring new employees. From not knowing whether the new person will be able to function successfully and synergize with your other workers. To having to spend money in order to train them to work efficiently, hiring a new worker can be an extremely difficult task. Here are some of the benefits of hiring a student versus hiring a graduate for your business.

Faster Learning

When considering hiring a student versus a graduate we must recognize that students are often more eager to learn because learning is how they’ve been taught to function throughout life. Many students are very versatile, especially after their first year of college in which they are exposed to new and different curriculums. Thus making them more quick to absorb new information and use it correctly. This is a huge benefit for businesses that want to minimize costs on employee training. Lowering costs while bringing in more efficient work is something all businesses should strive to do, by hiring students they would be accomplishing that.

Large Network

Another benefit of hiring a student would be the fact that have access to a large network of peers. Because graduates have become alumni from their universities they may not have as large of a networking pool as those still in college, and industries that rely on promotion and marketing in order to gain exposure benefit greatly from hiring students. Graduates will also be seeking jobs that pay high wages, frequently denying minimum wage jobs thus making currently enrolled students more valuable for small businesses.

Business Growth

Lastly, it is more beneficial to hire students as they’re more likely to grow with the business. If a student receives a part-time job during the beginning of their freshman year and continues to work until graduation, they will have gained all of the skills required to bring income to the business. To find students you’d like to hire feel free to post a job on HireOwl today!

HireOwl Goes Global and Welcomes Foreign Students

HireOwl Goes Global and Welcomes Foreign Students

The HireOwl Team is thrilled to announce that the HireOwl service is now available to foreign students studying at Universities outside of the United States. Students from any university in the world can now sign up, create a profile and apply for a job. Foreign students can work remotely, or leverage the internship on-boarding service recently offered by HireOwl.

This big step will offer HireOwl employer clients a larger and more diversified workforce. At HireOwl, we strongly believe that with a larger student workforce, employers will have more choices and will be able to fill their positions faster.

For many foreign students this is a great opportunity to gain work experience at any company globally and earn a competitive pay.

HireOwl will now support payments to students located in the following countries:

Australia Canada Denmark Finland
France Ireland Japan Norway
Spain Sweden United Kingdom United States
Austria Belgium Germany Hong Kong
Italy Luxembourg Netherlands New Zealand
Portugal Switzerland Singapore

 

Almost every growing business is trying to leverage the power of global distributed workforce in today’s economy.  At HireOwl, we fully understand the challenges involved when working or managing such teams. Our mission is to give our clients the tools they need to succeed in such environment. We believe that Web-based video is a critical component in the today’s workplace.

Our recently announced partnership with integrivideo.com enabled us to offer our clients the technology to connect, collaborate and stay engaged throughout the project.

Hire a foreign student now!

Top 3 Summer Jobs for Students

Top 3 Summer Jobs for Students

Every summer thousands of students suffer with the task of battling through job interviews, awkward networking, and fierce competition for opportunities for employment. This summer make it easier on yourself and earn some money by working as one of these 3 positions!

Internships

Many companies seek summer time interns and in our advancing society it’s becoming more commonplace to find internship positions that actually pay for your work. Whether it’s traveling to Boston or New York City, or just working at your local accounting firm, many businesses seek interns and are willing to pay more than minimum wage. Interning may seem difficult at first but it provides a chance to kickstart your career and if you do a great job could land you a permanent spot in the business.

Freelance Writing

So you’ve just finished submitting that last eight page paper as your final and you don’t want to look at another writing assignment until next year. That’s okay but there is a whole other world out there that you haven’t explored yet! By writing about your favorite sports teams, bands, or television shows you can get paid a lot for the content you produce. Learning a little bit about SEO or Search Engine Optimization you can gain the tools you need to write for any company you’d like. Freelance writing allows you to use your now learned expertise in writing in college to make you money. A lot of students use their summer to pursue freelance writing which not only gives them a steady source of income, but also improves their writing.

Customer Service

Now this may seem like a position that will require you to sit long hours at a telephone answering easy questions but it’s not! Most customer support jobs allow you to travel around your city helping those who need it the most, and any successful business from large to small needs a good customer service team to help out. Whether it be electronically by filing paperwork, or in person by helping solve difficult problems customer service positions are usually a good entry-level position that allows you to make a stable income during the summer.

Hopefully some of these positions seemed appealing to you and helped you find inspiration for a job this summer. If you want to see if these positions are available in your local neighborhood feel free to sign-up for HireOwl, submit your resume, and search away.

Exciting Improvements and Pricing Changes

Exciting Improvements and Pricing Changes

Dear Employers,

We are excited to let you know that we are in the process of improving our service. You may have noticed the new website and improvements in speed.
You’ll see major improvements in students profiles and great video capabilities coming soon.

We have also taken steps to simplify our pricing:

we now offer a single plan of $20 per month for each open job.

You can see the pricing also on our website www.hireowl.com

Timesheets will continue to be supported. The transaction fee will only be 5% (to cover bank charges), instead of the 20% we used to charge.

Please let us know how we can make our service better for you.

The HireOwl Team
HireWisely@HireOwl.com