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The 7 Best Practices of Job Video Interviews

August 3rd, 2017

Job video interview success is different than classic interview success. In this article, you are going to learn what it is necessary to set up and take care of during your job video interviews.

In a world where the new mantra is cutting down on costs, video interviewing becomes more and more appealing, as it helps organizations to save a lot of money and time. However, it is not a piece of cake; managers should address some issues that are specific to this medium, in order to make the most of it.

1) Set the expectations by communicating all the steps of the procedure. In particular, candidates need to know the timeline of the interview process, so that they can be more aware and prepared for each step. So, specify in your letter of invitation if there are scheduled multiple video interviews and at which stage of the process an in-person interview is necessary.

2) Ask yourself about the possible technical problems of your candidates. What does it imply if a candidate experiences technical or connection issues? Is it a symptom of ill-preparation, or an unforeseen problem?

3) Notice if the candidate is properly dressed and the environment around him or herself is tidy and clean. If the candidate fails on these points, it usually means that the interview is not taken too seriously.

4) Take care of your appearance, as small wardrobe details are usually enhanced through video.

5) Pay attention to body language. Video conferencing does not impede non-verbal communication, as facial movements are totally preserved in a video chat. A good idea is to register the whole interview, so that you can see it again later in order to study your candidate facial expressions and movements with ease.

6) Write an effective offer letter. A proper offer letter must include the basics ( the job title, the responsibilities and the wage) plus some additional elements, like:

  • – An outline of possible pre-conditions (like driving license, drug tests, background tests, etc);
  • – A personalized welcome abroad message. Candidates are incredibly skillful at detecting boilerplates, while they love so much to feel that the message was tailored expressly for themselves.
  • – The expiration period of the offer and next steps to follow: for example, the person to whom the offer must be returned duly signed up.
  • – Some extra information, like the expectations that are connected with the role, paid time-off policy, holidays, official closure dates.
  • – In general, you should mention all the points that were discussed during the interview, including bonus, merit increases, and so on and so forth.

7) Communicate the necessary legal requirements related to compensation according to the specific legislation of the states and cities concerned. For your information, be aware that wage theft acts have been adopted by California, New York, Seattle and the District of Columbia.

If you are interested in video interviewing, you are going to find more resources on this topic on R-HUB`s blog (http://www.rhubcom.com). It is also possible to enjoy a free 30 days trial of the products of R-HUB`s suite of video conferencing servers.

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The Secret of Live Stream Video Technology Attractiveness

July 11th, 2017

Live stream video technology has been recently rediscovered by institutions and individuals, at the point that today it is one of the most popular media artifacts. What is behind its success?

When it was given by Hulu the possibility to watch The White House Correspondents Dinner in real time, the success was high, and this only one of the dozens of examples of successful live-stream video events. Today, organizations of any kind try to exploit live stream video technology, especially for commercial purposes: for example, to create new brands, like Esperian, or to enhance the promotion of traditional brands, as Nissan did with its Maxima launch at the New York auto show in 2016.

So, why does it work? The answer is enclosed in one word: liveliness. Remote viewers are promised to have a similar experience of those who are going to attend the event for real, despite the fact that they are not actually present. Coming deeper into the concept of liveliness, we find out that liveliness is composed of two main components: the illusion of presence and remediation from TV. These two factors are equally balanced in making live-stream events so captivating and alluring.

The Illusion of Presence

When viewers watch a live stream video, their point of view is the one of the camera that works as a kind of proxy viewer from them. In other words, it is as if they were physically present at the event, or, to say it better, they has the illusion of being physically present. This effect is what is also called telepresence.

Naturally, it works in the measure that the stream is seamless and smooth, without any disruptions. This is the reason why the choice of the technology is important. For example, the new R-HUB`s live streaming servers http://www.rhubcom.com/v5/live-streaming.html are able to reduce the delay to 3 seconds only (usually the value ranges from 30 to 40 seconds).

The TV Remediation

Remediation is described as “the mix of older cultural conventions for data representation, access and manipulation, and newer conventions” (Lev Manovich). In other words, TV remediation is a combination of elements taken by traditional TV broadcast and newer forms coming from the internet.

In this way, live stream video technology reinvents the web by remediating what has gone before on TV. The effect is that viewers are going to experience something that is old and familiar at the same time, the live TV-broadcast of the past reinvented for the web. Nothing could be more reassuring.

The Charm of Direct Interaction

The main difference with the old live TV-broadcast is that viewers can have live interactions with the speakers during modern live-stream video events through the internet. It is sufficient to combine live stream video technology with web conferencing, as R-HUB has done in its latest severs.

The benefit is that the illusion of presence becomes even stronger, not to mention the level of engagement of the public that really peaks up. In facts, it is proved by some Harvard University researches that direct interaction is a great way to involve people (source: http://healthland.time.com/2012/05/08/why-we-overshare-the-brain-likes-it/ ).

This is the reason why this new medium is growing popular in organizations, as it allows real dialogues between managers, salesmen and customers. This latest feature is particularly important in some new marketing strategies, like the above-given example of the creation of the brand Esperian.

In conclusion, live stream video technologies combined with video conferencing could have an increasingly important role in the digital economy. The extent of its use is quite wide and includes areas as marketing, product promotion, remote collaboration, and remote team management.

The secret behind its success is its allure that is based on liveliness, a mix of telepresence and remediation from TV. However, the reliability of the live stream video technology that is used is crucial, as even the smallest disrupt could break the thin illusion of distant viewers that they are being present for real at their far events. And without this magic, live streaming is useless.

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New Software Solutions for Real Time-Collaboration: R-HUB`s Live Streaming Servers

June 29th, 2017

Easy to install and easy to use, R-HUB Live Streaming servers allow users to stream real-time collaboration to team members’ browsers over the internet without any download of any kind of software.

Live streaming is the last – but not least – functionality added by R-HUB http://www.rhubcom.com to their servers. Real-time collaboration among multiple meeting panelists and web browser attendees become possible that way, even in the case that the panelists are scattered throughout many locations in the world; this makes the difference with traditional live streaming solutions, which are able to broadcast contents from one location only.

Highly versatile and responsive, R-HUB`s servers are able to stream contents on any device, including PC, Mac, Android and iOS mobiles. So, no worries that any participant could be excluded from your conference for technical reasons. The contents are then shown on the entire user screen, in order to increase the speaker message effectiveness on the audience. Last, interactivity has been much bettered by decreasing delays to an adjustable range between 3 and 18 seconds depending on the network conditions. In this way communication and real-time collaboration – for example, through a chat or a video-conference – become really possible, as user experience is decisively better.

The utilization of an on-premise server based technical solution by R-HUB has two big advantages. First, contents are streamed to participant browsers, so that no software download is necessary. This is comfortable especially for smartphone users, as they have much too often their smartphone memory stuffed with apps and software of any kind, not to mention the necessity to wait long minutes for the conclusion of the download process before they could conference in. Secondly, security is much improved, as it is possible to secure internal all-hands meetings by the firewall of the organization.

R-HUB`s servers do not look like the traditional cumbersome machines that some few readers might have in mind. R-HUB`s servers are small, compact, fanless and silent devices that can be put even on the shelf of your bookstore. Real plug-and-play machines, they do not need any IT team being self-installing and self-configuring. Prices are very convenient: they start from 995$ , and there is no extra fee for adding new participants to a conference, thanks to R-HUB`s flat license policy. For further details, please visit R-HUB`s web site at http://www.rhubcom.com

Real-time collaboration means the use of several tools for remote collaboration in real-time, like screen and file sharing, chat and instant messaging, and, overall, video-conferencing. Real-time collaboration has constantly grown in importance in the last decade as a consequence of the process of globalization. According to a study of Avanade (https://www.avanade.com/~/media/asset/point-of-view/social-collaboration-global-study.pdf), 77 per cent of firms utilize some kind of social collaboration technology, and the trend is on the increase. Behind, there is also the need to create a collaborative and more productive work-environment, as it seems that the real-time exchanges and feedbacks that real-time collaboration allows are crucial to reach this purpose.

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Best web conferencing software for a small non-profit?

January 19th, 2016

An R-HUB HD video conferencing and web conferencing server (www.rhubcom.com) is an affordable alternative. It supports up to 30 webcams and 8 monitors at each end point to support a telepresence experience. It starts at $1,495. The installation is a plug-and-play. After installed, the server runs 24 x 7. The hardware is a reliable network appliance just like a router and no IT maintenance is needed. The software is self-updated.

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Video Conferencing Issues Solved

January 19th, 2016

R-HUB Communications, www.rhubcom.com , makes video conferencing servers. The biggest issues we have noticed and solved for our customers include:

  1. Bandwidth issues, especially for international attendees. For example, meetings with attendees between the US and China are very difficult. To overcome this, it helps to carefully select the meeting time and avoid peak bandwidth hours. Based on our experience, any time between 10:00am and 9:00pm Beijing time is crowded. In addition to picking a good time to meet, choose a good ISP for your data center so international routing by your ISP works best for the countries where your attendees will be. This is a difficult task. In most cases, you have to test various solutions to find the best solution. We have tested a number of ISPs including Level3 for our data center and we chose Hurricane Electric (HE), which offers the best international routing for both Asia and Europe.
  2. CPU usage issues. Video and especially audio are very, very sensitive to delay. During a meeting, for example, an antivirus tool can start to scan files and use 90% of CPU, which would likely cause audio packets to be dropped producing intolerable audio quality. Advise your attendees to avoid opening a lot of applications during a meeting and to close unnecessary browser pages. Recently we experienced a case where the home page of www.speedtest.net on Internet Explorer consumed a large amount of CPU even without running the speed test; the Javascript on the page consumed so much CPU that the audio quality was adversely affected.
  3. Echo issues. Although all vendors, including R-HUB, have tried very hard to remove echoes, it is just impossible to eliminate it completely for all computer microphones. Avoid a built-in mic, and use a headset whenever possible.
  4. Disconnection issues. A wireless connection is the number one reason for disconnection. It slows down the connection speed also. Note that unlike web page browsing, video conferencing requires a persistent connection. A reliable connection is essential to ensure a smooth meeting experience. Use a wired connection!
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