The Evolution of the Job Interview [Infographic]

28 05 2015

Job interviews have undergone a major transformation since the days of inherited careers and apprenticeships turned full-time jobs. As the work world continues to grow and change with the latest technologies and innovations, so must the job interview.

Long gone are the days of relying on references and questions to evaluate job candidates. Today’s interview process has evolved to include various technologies and methods for testing candidates’ knowledge and skills.

To help us embrace the future, we must first look to the past. The infographic below, compiled by video interview platform Spark Hire, takes a look at how job interviews have evolved throughout history.

Some major breakthroughs include:

  • Advancements in transportation
  • The birth of the interview as we know it
  • Technology’s incorporation into the interview
  • The rise of social and digital media
  • The adoption of modern interview technologies

Check out the full infographic below to see the evolution for yourself.


What do you believe the future holds for job interviews? Share your predictions in the comments below. 


13 Super Experts to Follow in 2013

2 01 2013

Campus to Career's 13 Super Experts to Follow in 2013Happy New Year!  Ready to start 2013 on the right foot?  I find Twitter to be an incredible resource.  As a job seeker or someone who simply wants to improve themselves, the right Twitter users provide excellent advice, insight, best practices, inspiration and motivation to help you achieve your goals. So, to help you get started, here are my top 13 super career experts to follow in 2013 (in alpha order):

Ask A Manager (@AskAManager) – Alison Green delivers easy articles that get to the point.  Love her “6 Short Answers to 6 Short Questions” segment.

CareerBliss (@CareerBliss) – I love this blog.  It makes me happy. Even their logo makes me happy. CareerBliss provides relevant, always fun to read posts that will help you advance in your career.

Career Sherpa (@careersherpa) – Hannah Morgan aka Career Sherpa, is your guide to show you the best paths and methods for making the trek as you embark on your career journey. Check out her awesome list of 98 people to follow in 2013.

ComeRecommended (@ComeRecommended) – Heather Huhman and crew delivers quality career advice for everyone.  Heather and ComeRecommended were some of the first people I followed on Twitter several years ago.

Doug Conant (@dougconant) – Doug is one of the most inspirational business professionals I’ve ever met. He’s the former CEO of Campbell Soup Company, leading with head, heart and hands. Read his book, TouchPoints.  I guarantee that you’ll find some excellent tips on how to be a better leader.

Great On the Job (@greatonthejob) – Taking the art of communication and turning it into a science.  Follow Jodi Glickman and crew (don’t forget to check out their site as well) for some great career tips.

HR Margo (@HRMargo) – Margo Rose pays it forward every day.  She’s dedicated her career to helping others get hired.  If you’ve seen me tweet with the hashtag #HFChat or #hireFriday, she’s at the core of this great movement. Follow her!

Keppie Careers (@Keppie_Careers) – Miriam Salpeter’s blog, Keppie Careers, is one of the first that I followed as I entered into the digital space as a career blogger.  Must follow!

Laurie Ruettimann (@lruettimann) – Laurie makes me laugh. She doesn’t take BS from anyone and shoots straight with you every time.  One of the coolest HR peeps out there, Laurie has extensive HR experience, shares some of the best career advice on the web, and is passionate about what she does and what she believes in.  Check out her blog,, and follow her on Twitter. You’ll be glad you did.

Lindsey Pollak (@lindseypollak) – Gen Y LinkedIn master.  Need I say more?

SparkHire (@sparkhire) – great resource for video resume and interviewing.  In the technology age, companies are using video to interview more and more, so why not be prepared and get the competitive edge?

Stacy Zapar (@stacyzapar) – She’s the most connected woman on LinkedIn. Stacy get “it” and shares her expertise and advice on how to maximize the most powerful tool in your professional social networking toolbox: LinkedIn.  Follow her now!

YouTern (@YouTern) – Designed for interns, this blog is a fantastic resource for upbeat, truthful posts to help you land that internship or full-time career after college.

Of course, be sure to follow me (@kbaumann) and Campus to Career (@campustocareer) as well. Aside from tweeting original content, we also share the best of what we find from other super resources.  2013 is going to be awesome – let’s make it so!

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!

Top 10 Job Hunting Smartphone Apps

18 09 2012

By Pearlie Davis

Get the competitive edge you deserve!

When it comes to finding a new job, we need all the help we can get! Today’s job market is competitive, so any edge or advice you can get as far as setting yourself apart is beneficial. These days the job hunt almost entirely takes place online, unlike 10-years ago when we looked to cold calling and newspaper advertisements for job listings.

A modern-day search demands tech-savviness—like using keyword phrases in your resume to show recruiters and human resources departments that you fit the role and have the experience needed to fill the position you’re applying for. A job hunt also requires a familiarity with social networking on sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and even Facebook, which can help you connect with the right people and broadcast your instant availability on the job market.

Thanks to the array of job hunting apps available for smart phones, you can look for a job from almost anywhere. Check out the following 10 job hunting apps that can help you write your resume and cover letter, learn valuable interview tips, network with folks in your industry, organize your portfolio, and get the professional attention you deserve.

1. SparkHire (Free – for iPhone)

Before I go for any interview at any dream job, I look to SparkHire , a video resume, interviewing and job board mobile app that I can use on my T Mobile Galaxy S3 when I’m having a coffee at the local café. My current employer even used this app to pre-screen candidates for the position I applied for by using the app to present multiple text-based questions to each applicant. I was able to give my answers in a short, video format so that the hiring manager could sort through and select candidates for in person interviews.

2. ResumeMaker On-the-Go (Free – for Android)

Resume a little outdated? Never written a cover letter in your life? Good news; the handy ResumeMaker On-the-Go app features tips and step-by-step instructions to help you craft an attention grabbing resume (in a good way) right on your smart phone.

3. LinkUp – Job Search Engine (Free – for Android)

The LinkUp Job Search Engine app lets users to search job listings by openings by category, company, keyword, or location and apply to the job of your choice discreetly and professionally.

4. LinkedIn (Free – for iPhone)

This app offers a mobile option to the online social networking platform for making business connections. LinkedIn is an excellent source for job hunters for making connections with recruiters and hiring managers, getting recommendations from old bosses and colleagues, and putting your experience front and center for head hunters who are interested in your specific set of skills.

5. Best Resume Tips (Free – for Android)

Best Resume Tips is a mobile app that offers both new and veteran resume writers tips, advice, and step-by-step instructions for putting together an impressive resume, cover letter, and professional portfolio.

6. Evernote (Free – for iPhone)

If you need to put together a portfolio and don’t know where to start, Evernote can help you collect and organize everything from notes to personal recommendations, online clippings to photos, and interview notes to reference contacts into a single view system where you can edit and access it as you need it.

7. LunchMeet (Free – for iPhone)

You can get a lot done over lunch hour. That’s why LunchMeet is a great app for job hunters if they’re looking to connect with people in their industry. This app uses your LinkedIn account to geo-target relevant industry contacts who are open to setting up a lunch meet up to discuss career opportunities.

8. JobJuice ($14.99 – for iPhone)

JobJuice will clear up any hesitations and fears you have concerning marketing yourself via social media. You can use this app to connect with industry professionals, market your own personal brand, research and target key companies, and connect with hiring managers and industry head hunters.

9. Pocket Resume ($2.99 – for iPhone & Android)

It’s like having a resume writer in your pocket. The Pocket Resume app does the heavy lifting for you by scanning your LinkedIn profile and exporting the essentials to create a PDF resume. This way you can tailor resumes to specific positions.

10. RealTweets Job Networking (Free – for Android)

Imagine learning about your dream job in 140 characters or less! With RealTweets you can get your daily dose of relevant job search news via relevant tweets as they appear in real-time.

About the author: Pearlie Davis is a staff writer for GoingCellular, a popular site that provides cell phone news, commentary, and reviews.

Do Your Homework: The Most Common Job Seeker Failings

14 08 2012

There is a lot of great career development content out there.  As a blogger in that space, I sometimes find myself struggling to find a new perspective on popular topics for job seekers and young professionals.  I also like to pay it forward, offering other bloggers the opportunity to provide insightful and relevant information to the Campus to Career readership.  You might remember Josh Tolan’s recent guest post, How to ‘Savvy Up’ Your Communication Skills on Your Online Job Seeker Profile, a submission for Campus to Career’s Guest Blog-a-Palooza.  That article generated quite a bit of buzz!  He’s done it again – this week, Josh brings you some advice on the most common job seeker failings.  Check it out below.  

Do Your Homework: The Most Common Job Seeker Failings

By Josh Tolan, CEO – SparkHire

Job hunting is tough business. With 8.3 percent unemployment, the field is filled to the brim with other job seekers just like yourself vying for a position. So if you’ve finally nabbed an interview at your dream company, you might feel like the battle is already won. You beat out the complicated ATS and your resume impressed recruiters. But the battle isn’t over! Now you have to impress hiring managers in your interview.

According to a survey of employers, not doing enough research and “winging” the interview are two of the top ten most common mistakes job seekers make. Whether your interview is in person or through online video, it’s essential you do your homework prior to putting on your business attire and heading out the door.

Here are some helpful tips on doing your homework to get an ‘A+’ on your interview:

Get to Know the Job Description

Before walking into your interview or firing up your webcam, you should have the job description down cold. You might have applied for a good amount of jobs before landing this interview and it’s possible you don’t quite recall the job description which caught your eye. Read and reread the job description before showing up for the interview. Make sure you can back up the posted responsibilities in the description with examples of how you are uniquely qualified to address these concerns.

Research the website

Almost every company has a website in today’s technology-driven business environment. Use this website to familiarize yourself with what the company does and the organization’s overall goals. The site might even contain recruitment videos (like this hilariously lowbudget outing from Twitter) you can watch to find out more about the company culture.

Reach out to your network

The job description and the company website are both obvious places to look for information on the company. Almost every candidate will be checking these readily available sources of information. If you want to differentiate yourself as a great candidate, it’s time to reach out to your network.

Check your connections on LinkedIn or find out if you know anyone within the company. Once you’ve found a link into the company, see if you can speak with them briefly about their working experience. This source could give you valuable insights into what the organization is like, what challenges they are facing, and what kind of candidate they are looking for.

Find what the press is saying

Up until this point all of the information you’ve received has been internal to the company. Now it’s time to start looking at some external sources. Look to the press and read the company’s coverage. Press could be anything from a magazine article, news in a trade publication, or a post on a prominent blog. This information can often show you sides of the company not present on their website.

Once you have all this information compiled and filed away in your brain, show off your work in the interview. Tailor your skills to the job description and show how you can bring value to the company. Mention a current employee you’ve spoken to and highlight something positive they said about the company which resonated with you.

When the interviewer asks if you have any questions, maybe ask about their overseas expansion you read about in an industry publication. All these tricks will show employers you are detail-oriented and willing to put in work to get what you want.

What are some ways you do your homework before a big interview? Share in the comments!


Josh Tolan is the CEO of SparkHire, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter.

How To ‘Savvy Up’ Your Communication Skills On Your Job Seeker Profile

23 07 2012

By Josh Tolan, CEO, SparkHire

I bet you have your superior communication skills listed on your resume and other job seeker profiles. How did I guess? It’s because everyone has communication skills listed on their resume or job hunting profile of choice.

Communication skills are hugely important out in the business world. In fact, most employers cite communication skills as the most important skills for a candidate to possess. You need superior communication skills to navigate the world of office politics, from your coworkers to your superiors.

However, if everyone lists strong communication skills as an asset, how do you stand out from the pack? Clearly you’ll have to go above and beyond to show you’re not just paying lip service to your ability to communicate. Recruiters and hiring managers have seen it all, so you’ll really have to think of ways to stand out from the pack.

Here are some tips on how to show you have the savvy communication skills companies need.

Social Media: There’s a reason that social media is really taking off in the business world. That’s because it’s a cheap and easy way to connect with consumers, clients, and other businesses. Now social media can and should be used as another weapon in your job hunting arsenal.

Use Twitter, Facebook and other social media to reach out to the companies you want to work for. By interacting directly with companies and hiring managers, you can prove your effective communication skills. Putting your Twitter username on a resume or profile shows that you know how to harness the newest technologies to get what you’re after.

Make a Video Resume: Video resumes are a great way to show off your communication skills the old fashioned way: in person. Except it’s not actually in person and is a much better option to get in front of your future boss. With webcams installed in most new laptops, it’s easier than ever to make a video resume. Plus video resumes show off the intangibles that don’t come across on your resume, communication skills included.

Now instead of just saying you have great communication skills, you can show it off. Since studies show that people form first impressions based 55 percent on body language, showing your professionalism in a video might be more memorable than your paper resume. Plus, your video resume is sharable, meaning you can add it to your traditional paper resume or social media profiles.

Be a Leader: Every good leader has to have good communication skills or no one would follow. There are plenty of ways to show off your leadership skills. Perhaps you have professional experience leading a team or taking point on a project. Make sure to list that on your job seeker profile.

If you’re lean on professional experience, being a leader in volunteer activities shows that you can communicate effectively. If you led a team to build a house or started a campaign to raise awareness, don’t leave that off your resume. Those activities show not just who you are, but how well you can communicate in a team environment.

Those are just some tips to “savvy up” your communication skills. Employers are looking for candidates with great qualifications, but they’re also looking for effective communicators who can grow into effective leaders.

What are some tips you have for showing off your communication skills? Share them!

Josh Tolan is the CEO of, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and on Facebook and Twitter.

Guest Blog-a-Palooza!

23 07 2012

I have something special in store for you this week on Campus to Career.  Thanks to an overwhelming response to a recent guest post inquiry, we’re launching our very own Guest Blog-a-Palooza!  Every day this week, you’ll find a BRAND NEW post on the site with some great job search information.  Each guest blogger brings a different perspective to help you succeed in your quest to land your ultimate dream job.

To kick things off, we’ll start with Josh Tolan, CEO of SparkHire.  His post, How To ‘Savvy Up’ Your Communication Skills On Your Job Seeker Profile, is the first of the series.  Be sure to check back every day this week to find the newest post from a variety of guest bloggers!

If you’re interested in providing a guest post for a future feature on Campus to Career, please see the guidelines by clicking “Guest Blogger Guidelines” on the toolbar above.

PS. Subscribers will be automatically notified when a post is published, so please pass this along to your network. It’s a FREE resource!

As always, thanks for reading.  Have a great week.

Click here for Monday’s post (How to ‘Savvy Up’ Your Communication Skills on Your Online Profile)  by Josh Tolan.

Click here for Tuesday’s post (Top 10 Tips to Writing Eye-Catching Cover Letters) by Sandy Dsouza.

Click here for Wednesday’s post (5 Things Every Young Professional Should Know Before Hitting 30) by Zach Buckley.

Click here for Thursday’s post (Supercharge Your Networking and Job Search with Evernote) by Ashlee McCullen.

Click here for Friday’s post (You Don’t Like My Resume? But Why??) by Ana Thames.