There’s no doubt about it:
There’s no doubt about it: the recent boom in virtual interviewing has blasted the traditional hiring process well into the 21st century.
In many cases, the application-to-hire lifecycle has been slashed from months to just weeks (or even days), thanks to the sheer immediacy and efficiency of virtual screening.
While face-to-face interviews still have a compelling role to play, the quality and speed of hire can be amplified by leveraging virtual interviews in the initial stages.
Just some of its potent advantages include:
Access to a wider talent pool
Reduction of subjectivity/emotional bias
Lower cost + greater ROI
Ability to record, share, and review interviews
No more jitters!
1. Accelerated hiring
With many of us working remotely these days, candidates and hiring stakeholders can rapidly schedule interviews at a time convenient for everyone, all without leaving home.
Virtual interviews remove from the equation delays caused by conflicting schedules, the need for candidates to take time off work, and hours invested in traveling to and from interviews.
2. Access to a wider talent pool
With the rapid advent of remote work as the new norm, combined with the increase in freelancing as a career path, talent can literally be sourced from all over the world.
By doing away with visa applications, in-person interviews, and relocation costs, companies can tap into a wider pool of high-quality candidates across the country or internationally who offer rich expertise, add to the organization’s cultural diversity, and contribute new ways of thinking.
3. Reduction of subjectivity/emotional bias
Even the most experienced recruiter can be subject to conscious or unconscious bias, especially when meeting someone in person for the first time.
Let’s face it, we’ve all had that experience when a candidate’s perfume, handshake, or clothing have subtly influenced our perception of them as a person – and as a future colleague.
Virtual interviewing eliminates these factors at the perception-forming stage, enabling the interviewer and candidate to focus more objectively on building a rapport.
4. Increased confidentiality
Virtual interviewing = candidates no longer having to take time off work, risk their current boss finding out, or worry about running into someone they know in the building. All of which can delay the screening process and impact interview performance.
Instead, virtual interviewing offers a secure, discrete, and comfortable recruitment experience, enabling candidates to relax and put their best foot forward.
5. Lower cost + greater ROI
This one’s a delightful no-brainer.
With the cost of HR video technology ranging from little to nothing, and travel time/time off work eliminated, virtual interviews are incredibly cost-effective for all involved.
6. Ability to record, share, and review interviews
In traditional face-to-face interviews, the recruiter typically takes detailed notes. These may then be shared in their original format, or entered into the in-house system.
With virtual interviewing, meetings can be recorded (with the candidate’s permission, of course) and shared with other decision-makers. This takes the pressure off the interviewer to take copious notes, so they can engage in building a more meaningful connection.
Recorded interviews potentially reduce the number of subsequent meetings, can be reviewed again at a later time when assessing the merits of two or more candidates, and increase overall objectivity.
While thankfully unlikely, this option can also be beneficial in those rare instances when unsuccessful candidates sue in cases of alleged discrimination. Yep, this actually happens.
7. No More Jitters!
Another significant advantage of virtual screening is enhanced performance, all around.
Candidates and interviewers alike tend to feel more at ease when meeting in the comfort of their own surroundings.
By taking away the nerves of being in an unfamiliar environment, interactions can be far more candidate-centric and authentic. Which is really what it’s all about.
Thankfully for you, Skreenbe provides an ideal virtual interviewing environment Skreenbe built by recruiters, for recruiters.
We make screening a joyful breeze (we might even say, fun!) through its suite of added features such as customizable interview questions, and real-time skills testing. No training or integration needed, just sign up and go!
A premium version is also in the works. It will include some nifty features such as psychodiagnostics, video recording, and automated reporting. Stay tuned…
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Article: © Skreenbe 2021