Release Announcement: Mobile Video Interviews

Release Announcement: Mobile Video Interviews

The EasyHire.me Team is thrilled to announce the general availability of its mobile interface for on-demand interviews. Job seekers can now use their iPhone or Android phones/tablets to take on-demand interviews anytime and anywhere.  All interviews are recorded and available for grading and sharing within the hiring team upon completion.

Benefits of Mobile Video Interviews:

  • No webcam, no problem. Candidates without a computer or webcam are still able to complete video interview via their mobile device.
  • Interview anytime, anywhere. Need to interview while vacationing or during your lunch break? Sure! Simply pull out your smartphone and take your interview anytime, anywhere.
  • High Definition video recording. Modern smartphones have better cameras than most computers.  Candidates can reliably capture high definition video.

How it works:

The EasyHire.me Mobile Video Interviews do not require candidates to download and install any custom mobile applications. This feature works right from the build-in Safari (iOS) or Chrome (Android) browsers, making it taking interviews easier than ever!

Mobile video interviews enable candidates to complete their assessments faster, so the hiring team can accelerate its hiring decision and ultimately the overall hiring process.

At EasyHire.me we strongly believe that mobile video technologies give hiring teams the much-needed edge in today’s competitive talent market.

Contact us at sales@easyhire.me to learn more or sign up now to accelerate your hiring!

Top 5 Benefits of Video Interviews

Top 5 Benefits of Video Interviews

When searching for candidates, organizations look for employees who are a good match on the skills, and are the right cultural fit. And they want to find these people fast.

On the phone, a lot of candidates appear to meet the job requirements because the communication is limited. Recruiters can’t see the body language, and it’s hard to tell if a candidate has functional expertise.

So how can recruiters and organizations save time and money on pre-screening, and ensure that only the best candidates make it to on-site interviews? The answer is video technology.

Technology has become a great game changer when it comes to recruiting. Video interviews give recruiters and organizations more insight into candidates in the pipeline, ensuring that only the best ones move forward in the interview process.

Let’s consider the following scenario. An organization is looking for a candidate. Here’s what an average process looks like before an organization decides if a candidate is the right fit and it’s worth investing more time and money into this person:

  1. Screening time
  2. Phone interview time
  3. Scheduling time
  4. Candidate’s travel expenses (if applicable)
  5. Manager’s time to interview
  6. Team’s time to interview

With video interviews, you’d know after step 2 if a candidate is the right fit for the job. So why do you have to wait to see the candidate until you bring them on-site?

In the past, organizations didn’t have a choice. The only way to see a candidate face-to-face was to invite them on-site. With the help of video and technology, organizations can save time and money by using video to pre-screen candidates.

Paul J. Bailo, an author of “The Essential Digital Interview Handbook”, says that video interviews are about time and cost efficiency, and that “…digital job interviews are the closest thing we have to face-to-face interviews”.

Here’re top 5 benefits of video interviews:

  1. Screen multiple candidates simultaneously.
  2. Search and analyze responses—all interview information is recorded.
  3. Get insights quickly—for example, examine verbal cues and body language.
  4. Recruiters don’t lose candidates due to scheduling issues—candidates can record their answers at the time that works best for them.
  5. Bring team work and collaboration to your hiring decisions.

Video interviews are gaining more popularity. Companies like EasyHire.me make it easy for recruiters and organizations to get started with video interviews—there’s no need to install any software or apps. You can just sign-up for a free trial and start interviewing at EasyHire.me

Contact one of our experts today for a free consultation on video interviews, and to find out if your organization meets minimum technical requirements to sign up for the service.

Why Video Interviews Are Seeing Increased Adoption

Why Video Interviews Are Seeing Increased Adoption

Finding the right candidate can be challenging and time-consuming. “Companies are implementing video interviews more and more, and people are actually getting hired faster now, because it’s less time and less aggravation on both ends,” says Paul J. Bailo, a digital executive and author of “The Essential Digital Interview Handbook.”

By adding video to the interview process, organizations and recruiters can quickly pre-screen multiple candidates at once, and observe verbal cues and body language to choose the right candidates.

Video interviews give employers the chance to test a candidate’s on-screen presence, but that’s not the only reason for this growing trend. Organizations state that conducting initial interviews with video saves them time, money and scheduling headaches and allows them to see more candidates than they would be able to manage otherwise. Recruiters can replay or review anything that catches their eye and compare candidates to narrow down the field before inviting a selection for a face-to-face interview or to an assessment centre.

While traditional interview processes probably aren’t going away any time soon, the time- and cost-saving benefits of interviewing someone via video, and its ability to transcend geographical barriers, will eventually lead to a significant reduction in face-to-face interviews. Video interviewing increases speed of hire, allowing recruiters to focus more time and energy on the best candidates.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2030 the hyper-connected, tech savvy generation of millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. This new wave of people are tech literate, and accustomed to being connected anywhere, at any time. Thanks to the rise of mobile, cloud and social, millennials are used to flexibility, openness and instantly connecting with people regardless of their location. By adding video and collaboration features such as chat to the early stages of the interview process, employers can help millennial feel connected, and create the experience similar to social platforms.

At EasyHire.me, we believe that video is an essential part of today’s recruiting process. Based on the latest WebRTC protocol, video is supported by most browsers and doesn’t require installing any additional software. With EasyHire.me, employers can drastically accelerate their interview process by requesting candidates to take online video interviews, schedule live interviews, have them recorded and then collaborate among the team online when making a decision.

Watch a mashup of cinema’s most disastrous job interview scenes—do you think these companies could have benefited by doing video interviews? https://youtu.be/QBytUesZHl8

Video: An easy way to build human connection to hiring process

Video: An easy way to build human connection to hiring process

Recruiting is all about building human connections!

A few years back, the recruiting process was very different; it involved far more touch points. On a regular basis, a mega event would be hosted called “Job Fair” where companies would set up their booths to attract talent. Recruiters, hiring managers, and team members would stand in the booths to answer questions from the job seekers. The job seekers attend these events to learn about the job role, company, and culture by talking to the hiring manager and team. Often, interviews would be conducted then and there, and job offers would be made. Those were the good times when companies would fill open positions quickly and candidates would find jobs in just a few hours. Hiring was not as daunting as it is today!

Fast forward to present, recruiting has become more an online, automated, and impersonal process. Companies advertise the job in a myriad of ways making it extremely easy for candidates to apply, so much so that anyone, qualified or not can easily apply for the job. As a result, there are too many resumes coming from too many places. Companies are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the resume and the hiring manager ends up viewing only a few resumes that are automatically selected by the system. As a result, many a time, the very best candidates get lost in a pile of resume while the companies find it difficult to find the right talent to fill the open position. Hiring has become a complex and arduous process.

What is lost from the past to present is the human connection! Job seekers interact more with online sites while employers rely on software systems that parse the resume based on few keywords. John Hollan, the editor of RecruitingDaily accurately pointed out in his article that technology should be utilized to facilitate the recruitment process, not replace it. The video recruiting is one such technology that brings the human interaction, back to the hiring process. Looking at a person and talking face to face over a video helps in forming the human connection. It improves the candidate experience, whether it is a screening interview or following rounds of interview.  The recent Indeed blog on video recruiting sums it up very well – “Purpose and human connection play important roles in every single stage of the hiring process — from researching and exploring options to applying and interviewing for a job”

EasyHire Job Board

EasyHire Job Board

We recently rolled out EasyHire Job Board! You can publish your jobs for free in EasyHire Job board and we will promote it for you in our social media.

We have further simplified the interview screening process by providing you a job link that you can share with your network.

Here are some ways that you can leverage our job link and job board.

  1. Tap in your referral network – Publish the job and enable the option that allows candidates to take on-demand interview. Share this job link via email within your company to attract referral candidates.
  2. Leverage free job boards – Did you know that there are numerous free job boards where you can post your job? You can direct the candidates from these job boards to your EasyHire.me Job Link page to take the on-demand interview right away without waiting for you to schedule one.
  3. Link EasyHire to your LinkedIn jobs – You can enrich your LinkedIn job posting with EasyHire job link. When candidates apply for the job at LinkedIn portal, they are directed to EasyHire Job Link page where they can record their video interview and increase their chances of success.

Automate candidate prospecting and pre-screening by linking the EasyHire Job Link to LinkedIn Job. When you create a job in LinkedIn, select the option “Direct applicants to an external site to apply“. Add your EasyHire Job Link here. A candidate applying for this job would be re-directed to the EasyHire.me Job Page where they have the option to take the On-Demand interview!

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Cut down time and effort spent on prospecting candidates for your next job and streamline your interview process with EasyHire Job Links!

3 Surefire ways to ensure candidate drop off

3 Surefire ways to ensure candidate drop off

Who are you? What do you do?

The best candidates are aligned with your mission but how can you ensure the candidate is on board with your goals if they don’t know what they are. The term elevator pitch is often used indicating you have 30 seconds to tell someone what you do and why it’s important and what’s in it for them. Too often you have job descriptions that are written by the legal department. In that case, the candidate is going to judge you not a great place to work and move on. Your brief statement of who you are and what you are trying to do and how the candidate will play a role should be the first paragraph vs. can lift 50lbs, can work weekends etc.

Broken Connections

A link that takes the candidate to your home page of your website or at best /careers is a surefire way to ensure some of the best candidates to abandon. The candidate ideally should be able to go directly the application process right from the source for the job advertised. You should be tracking how many views you are getting vs. applicants. This will give you an idea if you are hitting your conversion benchmark or if something is off the will give you a heads up that something may need to be tweaked.

No credit needed!

An expression of interest in a job is not a mortgage application. You need to ensure you convert the best candidates as soon as possible. The best candidates don’t have an afternoon to fill out their full employment history (which should never be required if the candidate has a resume), the reason for leaving and their home address for the last 7 years. Ideally, you should capture their Linkedin profile and a few questions to qualify. With a combination of smart precise screening and on-demand video interviewing you can have high-quality candidates for the manager to review in no time.

How to recruit high-quality candidates?

How to recruit high-quality candidates?

Recruiting high-quality candidates who perform well has many challenges. Too many times hiring managers complain of candidates who were brought in for an interview to be greatly lacking the skills and knowledge to do the jobs correctly. 76% of the time to fill is taken up by the managers with recruiters feeling disappointed and frustrated thinking they had passed along excellent candidates.

While there may be many reasons for this result. One interesting theory may be that the candidates simply don’t know what they don’t know. A study published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that unskilled and incompetent individuals actually have an overestimation of their skills and knowledge. It seems that people give themselves too much credit and overestimate their grasp on subjects they know nothing about. The study also found that the more knowledge people have on a subject, the more they are willing to admit that they are not the expert and have a great deal more to learn.

How does this relate to hiring?

Blissful Ignorance from a Candidate — Candidates who are unaware of their skills and knowledge required to be a top candidate will not be second guessing themselves and may be perceived as confident and enthusiastic during the initial phone screen. The candidates who are more knowledgeable and more experienced may come across as uninterested and unenthusiastic when really they are well aware of all the challenges that may arise and address the questions with a healthy bit of caution.

An overconfident recruiter — Taking this same theory regarding the candidates, recruiters may be overconfident in their knowledge of the position and what questions to ask. They may be unaware of the proper responses they should be looking for and when to ask for help or clarification from managers.

How can video interviewing help?

Enabling recruiters to collaborate with managers in designing effective questions and suggested answers will enable clear expectations between the hiring team. Recruiters may also be able to work with more than one manager to speed up the screening process as well.

Allowing managers to collaborate on the screening process will empower managers to be involved sooner in the hiring process resulting in a clear partnership between the two parties.

Asking managers to create questions themselves as well as suggested answers to look for in the case that they are too busy to review the pool of interviews.

5 recruiting stats that will influence your hiring in 2017

5 recruiting stats that will influence your hiring in 2017

The recruiting statistics on hiring, employer branding, diversity, and culture will influence and impact your ability to hire top talent. As a smart talent professional, you should watch the recruiting trends to plan and prepare the strategy for the year.

We studied the trends in HR & recruiting and picked a few that matter the most to recruiters and hiring managers to stay ahead in the competitive talent market.

  1. 69% of recruiters reported that their company’s hiring has increased in the past year [Source: Jobvite]

    As per this stats, hiring is strong and is expected to grow in the year 2017. 95% of recruiters say hiring will be as or more competitive and 35% of recruiters anticipate filling 100 job openings this year, compared to last years 26%.

    If you want to win the talent over your competitors, adopt new ways to find passive and active job seekers – scout for talent in social media, Quora, Reddit and quickly move the candidates through the interview workflow. Leverage recorded video interviews for pre-screening applicants and live videos to interview remote candidates. Start gathering analytics on every stage of the interview process and constantly improve the process.

  2. 67% of active and passive job seekers say that when they’re evaluating companies and job offers, it is important that the company has a diverse workforce [Source: Glassdoor]

    Diversity is an important factor that influences the job seeker’s decision. Job applicants spend a lot of time reading reviews on Glassdoor about the company culture and team composition before even going to the interview.Incorporating diversity into your recruiting strategy is essential to building a diverse workforce. Your talent pool should include applicants from various background and your interview process should not eliminate candidates based on unconscious biases.

    This is where the talent management platform like EasyHire.me helps – it provides a framework to conduct a structured interview, defines key criteria based on the job, asks the same set of questions across candidates. It brings visibility and accountability to the whole hiring process and enables you to make evidence-based hiring.

  3. 69% would not take a job with a company with a bad reputation, even, if they are unemployed [Source: Glassdoor]

    Company brand matters a lot. People often identify themselves with the work they do and the company they work in. A company with a good reputation that is focusing on providing value to humanity in some form and is associated with a social cause is seen as an attractive place to work.

    Build an employer brand that identifies your team and company. Promote your company’s brand and promote it in your recruiting process. Educate your interviewers about your company brand and train them to showcase the employer brand talk about it in their interviews. Job seekers evaluate the company based on how the interviewers talk about their job, role, company, and culture. Train your interviewers to showcase the employer brand.

  4. 61% of employees say new job realities differ from expectations set during the interview process [Source: Glassdoor]

    A job interview is a two-way process. Applicants want to see an attractive job preview with a detailed job description that actually reflects their expected day to day work. During the interview process, the job seekers try to find insight about the work, culture, and team. A transparent recruiting process would help the applicants evaluate if they fit in the job role.

    Train your interviewers to be open and transparent with the candidates and share details on expectations and realities about the job. Being open and transparent about the job, company, and the culture sets up everyone for long-term success.

  5. 56% of recruiters attribute lengthy hiring practices is holding managers back from filling positions [Source: MRINetwork]

    Recruiters attributing lengthy hiring practices is holding managers back from filling positions. A job seeker is typically interviewing at multiple places at the same time. The lengthy interview process may result in losing the applicant’s interest and often times lose out the talent to competitors.

    48% of recruiters say they typically conduct 3 interviews per candidate, Conducting 3 interviews per candidate works fine if you are hiring in a small volume. If you are hiring in scale, then this stat is definitely going to make hiring a long and painful process.  Instead, leverage video interviews for pre-screening and cut down the number of interviews per candidate.

We hope that these recruiting stats and our analysis on these trends will help you in building the right recruiting strategy.

3 reasons why video interviews are trending

3 reasons why video interviews are trending

The biggest challenge in recruiting is keeping pace with growth while maintaining a high quality of hire. Many companies are adopting Video Interviews and Artificial Intelligence to supercharge the recruiting process.

Three main reasons why video interviews are trending:

  1. Reduce time to hire

    You will loose out talent if you don’t hire fast. Job seekers typically apply and interview at multiple places at the same time. Taking undue time in scheduling interviews, and making decisions, often times result in losing out the talent to competition.  A quick screening process and an efficient end-to-end candidate selection process is absolutely essential to maintain your hiring edge. Video interviews can be introduced into the hiring process in multiple ways. Pre-screening candidates using one-way video interviews allows hiring teams to scale the screening process, and 1-1 video interviews to reach out to more candidates across geographic boundaries. Further sharing video interview excerpts provide transparency and speed up the decision-making process.

  2. Video Streaming technology advancement

    Web-based video conferencing technology has improved leaps and bounds in the last couple of years. A few years back,  the videos were blocky, audio choppy and the overall experience was terrible. With the advancement of browser-based peer-to-peer WebRTC technology, we see a lot more video integrations with enterprise products. It is now easy to stream video in real time with high fidelity, anytime and from anywhere. A video interviewing platform like EasyHire.me offers HD quality video with recording and tagging making it a viable option to interview candidates remotely without sacrificing user experience. It is only a matter of time that video interviews will become the de-facto way of conducting interviews.

  3. On demand behavior

    Most people want and expect work items spanning short durations and tasks that can be executed at their own convenience. People are adopting technologies that help them to do byte sized work items. On-demand video interviews perfectly fit this behavior pattern. The hiring manager can go over pre-recorded video interviews of job applicants at their own convenience without having to schedule every single interview.

Technology, behavior and the rising demands in hiring are the influencing factors for the adoption of video interviews.

Employment trends that won’t continue in 2017

Employment trends that won’t continue in 2017

1.    The trend of increasing job openings in Leisure and Hospitality will level out.

There are several factors to consider. I don’t believe we will see a decrease in the number of establishments that would be caused by poor economic conditions. I do however anticipate the repeal of Obamacare that may cause the part-time opening to turn into full-time employees, thus 2-3 openings become a job. Also, it is likely that the Fair Labor Standards Act will be overturned as well allowing for more hours to be put in by Salaried employees and less need to hire part-timers to avoid paying more overtime wages.

2.    The number of contract (gig) workers will decrease. 

A couple of factors may affect this trend. The first may be an increase in the level of complexity of hiring foreign workers under the Trump administration even in contract positions. New legislation that will include tax advantages to hire full-time workers will make it more attractive to bring these workers on full time.

3.    The stagnation in the number of open positions in healthcare will end.

Increasing numbers of baby boomers needing care will allow more positions available in all areas of Healthcare as well as anticipation in the repeal of Obamacare that has disrupted budgets nationwide.

4.    The downturn in energy positions will end.

I don’t anticipate this being caused by increasing oil prices. I don’t see the price of oil to rise over $60 a barrel for some time. I see a leveling off of oil between $50-$55 over the next three months enabling confidence that we have some sustainability at those price levels. This as well as the easing of environmental laws, will enable more exploration and drilling to take place in the coming year.