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Hybrid Onboarding: A Candidate’s Experience

December 23, 2021

Recently, I had the privilege of joining Vyond’s hybrid team as their new Marketing Communications Specialist. Throughout my hiring and onboarding, video played a huge part in finding my way at Vyond.

With an unprecedented global pandemic that challenges many aspects of our lives, all of us have come up with clever solutions to some of the most disrupting changes to how we interact with others. Video conferences, instant messaging, and calls have kept us together as we face uncertainty and change. It’s no surprise that hiring processes have, also, begun to change.

I am no stranger to the traditional hiring practices of the past. Over the last 4 months, I had my fair share of struggles: computer issues, internet connection problems, and some instances of “your microphone is muted”. I, for one, welcome video interviews if that means I can avoid long commutes and having difficulties finding a parking spot. But even with the comfort and flexibility of interviewing from home and the ability to send an email and get a response, I could not avoid the headache caused by a confusing candidate experience.

After several tedious video interviews, unclear expectations, and a lack of effective communication, I began to lose motivation. Quickly, the process became monotonous as I saw myself missing the fun aspects of human communication like nonverbal cues and expressions of emotion. Burnout was imminent, and I am certain that it is just as exhausting for HR professionals trying to find the right talent.

While continuing my search for an opportunity in the field of digital marketing, I stumbled upon a company with a versatile product: Vyond. Their belief in concise and enjoyable communication through animated videos caught my curiosity. Their mission to make video animation production accessible and more affordable while simplifying the creation of content compelled me to apply.
Quickly and effectively communicate your brand identity and mission through video. Entice the candidate with a short video explaining the company, what they do, and why working for them can be fun.

To my surprise, Vyond provided a short video explaining some of the topics covered during the introductory phone call with the hiring manager. The quick and friendly video also described the next steps in the interviewing and hiring processes.

The step-by-step video was encouraging, easy to follow through, and effective at stating what happens next. Not to mention that the visuals, tone, and language used, were quite enticing.

As my journey with Vyond began, I prepared myself to endure the customary onboarding procedures that usually involve a lot of paperwork and boring training. In pre-COVID times, the onboarding process was a hands-on experience that involved constant interaction with Human

Resources professionals and colleagues. To the average employee, training can be time-consuming and tedious. Vyond’s creative and efficient approach to onboarding includes short and animated videos that make the process less of a hassle. I was given a series of videos on complex topics, like cybersecurity, and was able to comprehend a novel concept without feeling brain fatigue or a significant loss of interest.

Create a better sense of belonging with a short video introducing your team. Having a resource that conveys the company structure, the different teams that work in tandem with each other, and the leading members of each department is very useful. It is not only informative since it helps with organizational way-finding, but welcoming. As each department representative explains how the team operates, they inspire a sense of trust and openness with the new hire.

Need to effectively communicate new COVID-19 protocols to new employees? Videos can help. Short and enticing videos explaining COVID-19 safety protocols within the office and the proper ways of navigating a hybrid/work-from-home environment will save you and the new hire a lot of time.

Short videos with the capability of being created and distributed with ease are a game changer for relaying important information. Give this approach a try! Short and animated videos are impressive at effectively conveying organizational expectations and results without compromising learning or attention. I am confident that this form of innovative and creative problem-solving will surprise your new and current employees.