- Online video interview, free from time and space limitations - Recruiting from top universities in the U.S. and Europe - Attracting top talent from overseas for future/green technology research and for global competence
MOBIS (www.mobis.co.kr) has been introducing an intra-company instant messenger service and video conferencing system that can be used from any PC for business-use since 2000. This service allows users to communicate with 23 overseas offices in 12 countries in real-time.
The MOBIS Video Conferencing System makes the most of IT system innovations and adds advanced functions to the basic ‘video calls’, thus allowing callers to send or display files or blueprints directly on the screen and freeing them of space and time limitations.
The system was originally designed for convenience and effective communication at work, but it is now being used for recruitment purposes as well.
This online video-interview was actually targeted for students who are studying in universities abroad, so the new recruitment process greatly welcomed by these potential candidates. “Usually an interview involves the candidate going into the company office, but it was very helpful to be able to have my interview take place online in a more comfortable setting,” said one applicant.
Early on, MOBIS decided to use video-interviewing for recruitment purposes to select the most talented minds abroad. The system creates results similar to face-to-face interviews because of the ease of sending and receiving various files, all the while effectively cutting costs for both parties.
In mid-February, MOBIS started its ‘2011 Overseas Talent Recruitment Fair’. MOBIS went on a two-week long tour starting with 12 leading universities in the U.S. such as Illinois, MIT and Stanford. Then the tour moved on to key institutions in Paris, Berlin and London targeting Korean graduate students. At each location, the company held a recruitment seminar and counseling sessions. The technical interviews were held between April 11 and 14, using the video conferencing system.
The technical interviews involve an applicant and three interviewers asking technical questions and included talks about research activities through online video and PC headsets. The applicants were able to make the most of the system during the technical interview, as they could upload various files to show their research and experience.
This recruitment campaign will be selecting people from the pool of graduate students for multimedia (students majoring in software, computer, or ergonomics), mechatronics (mechanical or electronic engineering) and green vehicles (electric power or electrical engineering) fields, to secure expertise in high-tech fields and maintain global competitiveness.
MOBIS HR Department Director Jeon Yong-deok said that “it wasn’t an easy selection process because very competent candidates applied. Many of them aspired to contribute their knowledge in advancing Korean auto parts to the globally competitive level,” and added, “I am very happy to have given such talented minds an opportunity to work for the advancement of the Korean auto industry.”
In the future, MOBIS plans to further expand the global recruitment efforts in research and other fields, to capitalize on the cultural understanding, network and communication skills that these global candidates can offer, thus boosting the company’s global competitiveness in the future.