7 STUDENT RECRUITMENT VIDEO IDEAS TO HELP YOU ATTRACT MORE GRADUATES

There are plenty of different approaches you can take with a student recruitment video. Having seen hundreds produced by companies in many different industries, a lot are quite formulaic, while others are exciting, interactive or arty.

Choosing the right strategic approach to student recruitment videos is about getting the tone right, to attract the right candidates and portray your company in the best light. Working with a video production company, such as Indigo Blue, helps clarify your tactics and create a personalised and highly successful video.

While the field is wide open for creative interpretations and new video styles, there are some ideas that work better than others. The gold standard of any idea is how it succeeds (or fails) in attracting suitable, skilled candidates from among your target audience. Looking at the student recruitment videos of some of the best performing companies therefore gives some useful insight into what works and what doesn’t.

Here are a few proven ideas you can try when planning your next student recruitment video.

1) Make The Information Representative Of Your Company In General, Rather Than For Specific Departments

This will give your video wider impact and relevance when recruiting for multiple departments. It also avoids giving candidates the wrong impression in companies where departments are sometimes radically different.

2) Use Real Interviews With Employees To Explain Why Your Company Is A Great Place To Work

Have these take place in situ so that graduates can see what your offices are like. Avoid painting a misleading picture, but use a professional film crew to capture your working environment in the most positive light. If your business is a recognised brand, use the video to show employees working on your key products and services.

3) Explain The Typical Tasks And Challenges A Graduate Recruit May Be Involved In

For instance, will they be meeting clients, creating briefs or just making tea? Emphasise the fun and challenging potential of these tasks, while taking pains to be realistic. Set expectations too high and your candidates will be disappointed and unmotivated.

4) Include Clear Information About How The Graduate Can Apply And What Will Be Expected Of Them

Give recruitment website URL links, set out the recruitment process, give interview hints. In other words, make it as easy and painless as possible to apply. Bear in mind that for most of your candidates, this will be their first real experience of the job market, so set their minds at rest and make them feel comfortable.

5) Explain How Your Company Can Make A Difference To The Graduate’s Life

For example, show what valuable experience the candidate will get from the graduate programme, the potential financial rewards, employee benefits etc. As Millennial graduates often have a highly developed social conscience, you can also demonstrate how your company makes a real difference in the world, such as by showcasing your corporate social responsibility policy.

6) Explain The Skills, Qualities And Characteristics You Are Searching For

Your student recruitment video is your chance to put a flag in the sand and attract people that resonate with your core values and skill requirements. The video is part of your selection process, so define these skills carefully and unambiguously.

7) Showcase Your Company Brand

Clearly display your actual office premises, logo, and well-known projects in your video. Be sure that your video harmonises with the corporate colours, fonts and – most importantly – the messages used in your marketing strategy.

Create Winning Videos To Attract The Best Candidates

Creating an effective graduate recruitment video means striking a balance between content, accessibility and high production standards. At Indigo Blue Productions we give you the benefit of more than a decade of corporate video experience to produce bespoke videos that attract the best talent for your business. To find out more, take a look at our Ultimate Guide to Graduate Recruitment Videos, a new e-book full of helpful information you can use to create high-performance videos. You can download the guide for free by clicking here.

HOW TO USE GRADUATE RECRUITMENT VIDEOS TO ATTRACT THE BEST TALENT FOR YOUR COMPANY

A graduate recruitment video can be an invaluable ally when reaching out to find the next generation of talent for your company, or it can fall completely flat. The outcome largely hinges on how the videos are used.

Most major graduate recruiters make use of recruitment videos these days. They have become an accepted part of online and campus-based recruitment. The danger of this lies in companies treating recruitment videos as an obligatory box ticking exercise, and failing to approach them as a strategic tool. With hundreds of companies competing for the same pool of skilled graduates, the best results will go to the recruiters who know what talent they are looking for and how to use video to get their attention.

When planning a new graduate recruitment video for the coming season, start by asking yourself the following strategic questions:

What Is The ‘Profile’ Of The Graduates I Am Searching For?

People are all individuals, but it is possible to group people into broad categories based on their aspirations, socio-economic background, degree choice and spending habits. Your graduate profile isn’t so much the skills you are looking for and what you can offer candidates, but what the worldview of your target candidate is likely to be. Are they motivated by money, by career progression, or by adventure? Are they looking for security or to break the mould?

Consider your corporate culture as an employer, which will be different for an investment bank than it will be for a tech start-up. The best candidates are where there is a clear alignment in vision and outlook with your company. These are likely to be the people who will work hardest and be motivated to stay with your business for the longest time.

What Can I Offer My Candidates That Our Competitors Can’t?

A typical graduate will see dozens of recruitment videos, all populated by people wearing similar suits, working in similar offices, for similar companies. Step outside the box for a moment and look at the key characteristics that make your company different. This may come down to your internal company culture, the clients you work for, or your approach to your services. Get stakeholders from different company departments involved to pin down what makes your business unique. The job of a graduate recruitment video is to portray your programme and your business in an appealing and convincing way.

What Are The Essential Skills And Strengths I Require In My Candidates?

For your candidates to be successful and add real value to your company, they need to have certain skills and strengths. These may include independence, leadership, loyalty, presentation skills or mathematical ability. Every company is different, but the selection process begins with the video itself. Use the features of the video to clearly express what you are looking for from your candidates, so that graduates can select whether or not they fit the bill. This helps ensure that only the most suitable candidates start the application process.

Does My Video Portray An Accurate Depiction Of Our Company?

It is tempting to paint a dashing and glamorous depiction of your company in your recruitment video; sweeping vistas of New York, sparkling modern offices, swanky corporate dinners. How much of this is realistic for an entry-level employee, or someone on your graduate programme? Setting the wrong expectations in your video is going to lead to disappointed and de-motivated graduates, who are unlikely to do well in your programme. Worse still, they may be tempted to jump ship to one of your competitors.

The Ultimate Guide To Graduate Recruitment Videos

Your graduate recruitment video has the potential to raise the profile of your company and help you win over the best talent for your graduate programme. However, to be successful you need to adopt a strategic, marketing-based approach to your content, coupled with creative thinking and great production standards. At Indigo Blue Productions we can help you produce eye-catching, engaging videos that set you apart from your competitors and bring in the best talent for your company. For more information, please download our free Ultimate Guide to Graduate Recruitment Videos, which is crammed full of useful hints and tips. Click here to claim your copy today.

GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR GRADUATE ATTRACTION STRATEGIES TO BECOME THE NUMBER ONE TALENT RECRUITER IN YOUR INDUSTRY

To compete effectively with your competitors for the cream of each year’s student cohort, you need a talent attraction strategy that lets you stand out from the crowd. Companies in the upper reaches of the Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters List have two characteristics which, taken together, act as powerful keys to success. These are strategy and creativity.

Taking a strategic view involves being clear-sighted about what you can realistically achieve and taking the steps necessary to get there; assessing each activity in terms of return on investment. Being creative means being unafraid to break convention, try out new tactics and engage with your graduate audience in new ways.

A high quality recruitment video is a key part of a recruitment attraction strategy. As a specialist video company, we are well placed to help you leverage the power of video marketing when it comes to formulating your talent attraction strategies for the coming year. Beyond this, try implementing the following strategies to boost your recruiting power.

Ensure Buy-In From Your Organisation

It is so important that you have all the departments of your company on board and sharing ownership of your recruitment messages. You should seek input from different stakeholders prior to the launch of your strategy, and then keep the momentum going while your applications are open. Keep the wider organisation informed by posting information on your company’s internal intranet and encourage personal referrals.

Create A Compelling Graduate Value Proposition

In marketing, a value proposition explains how a product solves a prospect’s problems, explains the advantages you offer over your competitors, and presents the benefits the prospect can expect by becoming a customer. With talent attraction the principle is the same. Your strategy needs to explain how enrolling in your graduate programme will help your candidates fulfil their aspirations, and how your company complements their worldview.

The value proposition sets out the opportunities in your company and what duties are involved. Financial remuneration and in-work benefits play a part in this, but in most strategies these are secondary to career progression and a sense that the graduate is making a difference in the world. From this process will come a set of graduate recruitment messages, which should be made to align with your marketing position and brand identity. A graduate recruitment video is a fantastic way to encapsulate your value proposition quickly and effectively.

Write A Candidate Attraction Strategy

Create a formal, multi-year graduate recruitment strategy linked to a clear budget and guided by previous ROI. Track expenditure and returns from previous activities, such as online advertising, to hone your strategy down to only the most effective activities.

Target The Right Graduates

Not all graduates will be suitable for your company. Create a profile of your ideal candidate by degree subject, university, strengths, interests and personal characteristics, and focus your marketing towards this target audience. Precision recruitment marketing is more effective than a shotgun approach.

Utilise Social Media

Today’s graduates are prolific users of social media and mobile devices. To succeed, full use must be made of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other outlets. Videos can be broadly disseminated through social media, as can application forms and other recruitment materials. This can sync well with your efforts on campus and at careers fairs. Using paid social media advertising can get your messages in front of specific audiences too – for instance if you need to increase your diversity profile by recruiting more women and minority candidates. Use regular social media updates to maintain urgency after applications open.

How To Use Video To Become A More Successful Graduate Recruiter

Graduate recruitment videos give a talent attraction strategy teeth by helping you quickly put your messages across to the right audience. To find out more about the potential of graduate videos, please download our Ultimate Guide to Graduate Recruitment Videos. The e-book is free and is full of information gleaned from our many years working in the student and graduate industry. Click here to get your copy.

How do you engage your delegates…?

Tipping Point Twitter

In an age where there are three generations working in business today, we recognise that using technology is essential to engage a ‘GenY’ population, but your ‘Baby Boomers’ will need something quite different.  Therefore, using a variety of ways to engage everyone at your events is essential.

For years, companies have organised conferences, bringing together their employees who take time out of the business to deliver strategic messages, bringing the audience up to speed with the latest initiatives and rewarding them for a job well done.

In our opinion, as your delegates become more technology-aware, your business conference must stay up to date with the way in which your delegates wish to communicate, if you want to get your messages across effectively.

  • How interactive are your conferences?
  • How effective are your speakers and facilitators?
  • How do you involve the quieter members of the audience to ask questions?

Would you like an innovative and modern approach that gets your audience interacting with you in a way that helps you to gauge the level of buy in at your event immediately?

Well, we have recently been providing our clients with a solution for their conferences and achieving results that impressed them and their delegates.

How does it work?


Feed your audience comments directly to the screen for an interactive presentation

We provide an iPad for each table, group of people or individuals and, where required set up a dedicated Twitter account and hash-tag.  The iPads can be branded with your conference or company logo on.  They can also have vital documents relating to your event that your audience can click on and refer to.

Using the hash-tag, we can track comments that your delegates are making throughout the event from their own twitter accounts.  So, this is similar in concept to the interactive voting pads and text service, but there a subtle but important difference.

Once we have moderated the Twitter feed comments, we can then put them all up onto the conference screens for the speakers to use as discussion topics.

We ask the delegates to tweet questions and thoughts during the sessions.  At intervals, the facilitators or speakers can refer to the twitter feed and get a sense of the audience’s thoughts and take questions from the twitter feed comments as well as the regular Q&A session.

What is the benefit to the audience?

It allows the quieter, more introvert delegates who wouldn’t necessarily have put their hand up and asked a burning question to feel more confident to do so by typing a tweeted question.

Audience members feel they are part of the event and not just being spoken to all day.

Using Twitter at a conference

What is the benefit to the Company?

Sometimes speakers can run out of time and audience members who have questions often don’t get the opportunity to ask their question.

The great benefit of using the twitter feed and hash tag option is that questions that didn’t get answered during the event can be answered afterwards.   Sometimes our clients place a Q&A session on their intranet following the conference so audience members can see the answers to their questions and others from the day.  It is a great way to embed the key messages from the speakers at the event.

You can judge the level of your audience.  When the twitter feeds slow down, more than likely, so has the energy of your event!

If you are keen to encourage your audience to ask challenging questions, you could set up a twitter account for the event and set all of your iPads to use that account.  That way the questions would stay anonymous and potentially you could get to the heart of what people really think.

You don’t have to have someone at the conference writing down the questions, you will have a record of all of the questions from your twitter feed account.

What if a challenging question comes up on the screen that our speaker would prefer not to answer there and then?

That wouldn’t happen.  One of our event crew will sit with a member of your company during the event to ensure that only the questions being displayed on the main conference screens are relevant and appropriate to the environment.

If the question is not relevant at the time or controversial, you may choose to answer that question at a later date via your company intranet or news bulletin.

Can’t I just stick with a more traditional approach, I am not really into Twitter?

Well that’s lucky, because we are!  We are here to help and in an age where there are three generations working in business today, we recognise that using technology is essential to engage GenY and different to perhaps what a baby boomer would want.  Therefore, using a variety of ways to engage everyone is essential

We can support you prior to and during your event to help you set up your twitter account and #tag for your event.
We will brief your facilitators and speakers ahead of time on how it will work on the day.

Finally we will be there on the day so you can stay relaxed and enjoy your event.

We’ve worked with a number of businesses that have engaged this type of technology and both the delegates and the speakers have been hugely impressed by the difference in the way the events have run.

Delegates feel a sense of energy in the room and are engaged by their ability to interact with the speakers in real-time.  The speakers feel a sense of their audience actually hearing them and being a part of the delivery of the speech.

If you would like to discuss how using this technology could help you at your next event, call us today and we will be happy to help.