Webcam-interview concept wins tech talent competition

7 Jun 2011

John Griffin from Rathgar has won Deloitte’s Top Technology Talent competition for his website concept allowing users to hone their interview skills using a webcam.

The competition seeks innovative ideas from university students at all levels across Ireland on how technology can solve a business problem. Griffin, who is 23, has just finished his final year in University College Dublin where he studied business and legal studies.

Inspired by his own interest in improving his interview skills, Griffin’s website would offer an affordable way for prospective employees to grow their confidence and increase their chance of securing employment. Users could respond to pre-recorded questions, while using their webcam to record their progress.

This footage could then be reviewed by the user and/or a trained professional who would provide expert guidance, for an added charge, on how they can improve their interview skills.

On top of current tech trends

“What made this idea so compelling was the fact that it takes advantage of current trends in technology – many laptops now already come with integrated webcams, and they are relatively inexpensive to purchase,” said Harry Goddard, partner, Technology Integration, Deloitte.

“The idea also takes advantage of the proliferation of online video, VoIP and the growth of the smartphone and tablet market. John had also given extensive consideration to his target market and how he could reach them, in addition to his business model. We were extremely impressed that he had focused not just on the technology side of things, but how this idea could translate into a viable business.” 

The winner of the Top Technology Talent competition can choose either a €1,000 prize or four weeks’ paid work experience in Deloitte’s technology integration practice.

Photo: John Griffin, winner of Deloitte’s Top Technology Talent competition