Restaurant managers in the Greater Washington area are embracing the new way to interview job seekers using recorded videos through JobOn. Maryland locations include the chain McCormick & Schmick’s and as well as individual shops Grill Fire at Arundel Mills mall, Smoothie King in Crofton and Café Deluxe in Gaithersburg. Other locations are Potenza Restaurant in Washington, D.C., Virginia’s P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (Tyson’s Corner), and interest has begun in the Midwest with the registration of a Popeye’s franchise.
The restaurant jobs and other opportunities are listed on the website where managers logon 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.
Says Quiznos franchisee Mike Willard, “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.”
Adds JobOn CEO Jody Presti, “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. Video updates this outdated method because it helps managers both find and recall the best candidates, so they make better hiring decisions.”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. This simplifies the job-matching process for the nearly 80 million employees and nine million workplaces that hire for retail, restaurants and grocery stores. The results are greater satisfaction for employees, and less turnover and lower costs for employers.