Dec. 4, 2011
Some restaurant franchisees in the Washington, D.C., area have started using a new system that interviews job seekers using recorded videos through the JobOn website.
Quiznos franchisee Mike Willard is one of the operators using the new service.
"We get a ton of walk-in applicants at our stores and often during peak periods. Being able to say 'Go to JobOn.com to submit a video interview' not only keeps the customer traffic moving, it helps us schedule a convenient time to properly match applicants' skills and personalities with the job," Willard said.
Other locations using the unique interviewing process include McCormick & Schmick's, Grill Fire, Smoothie King in Crofton, Cafe Deluxe in Gaithersburg, Potenza Restaurant in Washington, D.C., and Virginia's P.F. Chang's China Bistro.
Restaurant jobs and other opportunities are listed on the JobOn website where managers log-on to view candidates' video responses to standard interview questions. Seekers record their answers and send employers the videos, which are hosted by JobOn for free.
"Busy restaurant managers often don't remember the candidates who come in looking for a job, even after looking at the applications they filled out because there are so many of them," said Jody Presti, JobOn CEO. "Video updates this outdated method because it helps managers both find and recall the best candidates, so they make better hiring decisions."
JobOn combines employment listings with the ability for applicants to submit a video application via webcam or smart phone.
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