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SHRM 2018 Annual Conference

SHRM 2018 Annual Conference

SHRM 2018 is sure to be an exciting an eventful opportunity for the HR Community come together to reunite, network, learn and grow professionally. I’m sure it’s something that all of us should attend if possible.

However, there are always circumstances that arise that prevent us from attending such as personal matters like a wedding. Or maybe professional obligation such as a project that you’re in the middle of that needs your immediate attention. So if you’re currently experiencing FOMO, here are some ways  you might be able to keep in touch with what’s going on in Chicago. Although, getting some of that famous Chicago deep-dish pizza would be worth the trip alone.

  1. #NOTATSHRM

Use the hashtag to search Google Facebook or Twitter for #NOTATSHRM. Several well-known bloggers and influencers in the HR community will be live blogging and do facebook lives streams or periscope as well as youtube live streams.

  1. #SHRM18

This is being used by attendees to discuss what’s happening in Chicago. From SHRM staff to bloggers and special events put on by vendors this is an easy way to find relevant content.

  1. NOTATSHRM Facebook Group

Started in 2017 by Jessica Miller-Merrell this group is designed to keep you up to date on what’s happening at the SHRM annual conference without having to be there. Click here to find the group on facebook and request to join.

  1. The SHRM e-learning library

Attend SHRM digitally for just $199. With a pass to the SHRM e-learning library you can get access to all concurrent sessions slides as well as audio. Not only will you get 2018 but every year since 2015 with over 500 courses and sessions. Though you won’t be able to enjoy the live speakers, collaborative breakout sessions, or visiting the exhibitors in-person, you’ll have the advice of top HR Tech experts in the industry at your fingertips. 

And remember: there’s always next year!

EasyHire New Features

EasyHire New Features

We have recently added many cool features to the EasyHire platform. Below is a list of new features that we added lately:

1. Mobile video interview – Your candidates can take the video interviews from their mobile from anywhere, at any time.  EasyHire offers a seamless interview experience across desktop, Android, and iOS devices. Check out more on mobile video interviews here.

2. SMS notification – You can configure SMS notification to receive alerts when interviews are completed by the candidates.

3. Email personalization – With EasyHire email template editor, you can personalize the emails that are sent out to candidates.  You can personalize the interview invitations, reminders and notification emails that are sent out the candidates.

4. Setting up multiple interviews – You can now upload a CSV file with a list of candidates and set up interviews for multiple candidates with a single click.

5. Redesigned the interview room – We have redesigned the interview room with a slick look. Your candidates will love the interview experience.

EasyHire “Assessment” Feature

EasyHire “Assessment” Feature

The interview process is unique to each organization. It depends on the type of the job, the role, and the level. Some roles emphasize the candidate’s communication and presentation skills whereas others give more importance to domain knowledge and skill set.

A video interview would be the right choice if the role requires assessing the candidate’s presentation skill along with other things. On the other hand, a simple online assessment test would be sufficient if it is required to evaluate whether the candidate has the domain knowledge and the right set of skill for the job. EasyHire provides options for conducting both types of interviews  – a video interview as well as an assessment test.

Future of Interviewing is Here – Mobile Video Interviews

Future of Interviewing is Here – Mobile Video Interviews

Just at the end of last year, EasyHire.me proudly to announced a new innovation within our system that will allow hiring managers to have an even easier time reviewing applicants! We have integrated our platform with the internet browser systems that are accessible both on iOS and Android.  Candidates can now take interviews any time and anywhere without the need to install additional apps.

Having the ability to take an interview instantly from any location in the world puts you, as a hiring team member, in a better position by improving efficiency between you and the candidates. Statistics show that it allows you to increase your exposure to new candidates by 36%*.

Since hundreds of other people are competing for the same position it is important to contact the hiring team as fast as possible to conduct your interview. Being able to see in which order the interviews come in as a hiring manager puts you in an advantageous spot. Here is what NPR said about a study done in 2015,

“being the first person to apply for an interview allows you to gain a more objective review of your resume and gives you a higher chance of landing the position you are seeking” – NPR, 2015.

 

Since those applying first will almost always be the ones who are genuinely seeking the position our new system removes the barrier of additional apps in order to get the hiring managers to the new contacts as soon as possible. If the statistics aren’t enough to satisfy you, check out these three reasons on why you should use our system.

Here are the three reasons why you should use EasyHire.me for your next position:

  1. Uniqueness – Hiring managers have hundreds of choices. Set yourself apart with a mobile video interview.
  2. Convenience – Integrated interviews allow you to take an interview from any device, anywhere. If you find yourself in the library, dorm, or just lounging in the comfort of your living room you can take out your phone and quickly come in contact with a hiring manager.
  3. Efficiency – As a hiring team member you are able to review more interviews in a shorter amount of time. If you are a skilled individual at your position, you can get faster feedback from the candidate in order

If you are getting too many of inconsistent results getting in contact with hiring teams, we would be happy to show how EasyHire.me can lead to conduction of efficient, consistent, and meaningful job interviews. See the official announcement for this update here. If you’re not using video interviews yet, click here to sign-up and try!

*INC.com 2017

Mobile Video Interviews: New Feature Release

Mobile Video Interviews: New Feature Release

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. The Mobile Video Interviews are recorded and made available for grading and sharing among 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:

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 interview 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!

Click the Product Update link to see all of our updates.

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 interviews for college recruitment

Video interviews for college recruitment

College students are a great asset to the workforce – for both established and start-up companies because of their excitement, smarts, and innovative ideas. Whether meeting students at campus career fairs and information sessions, or through job and internship postings on a university’s career website, it is inevitable that students need to be interviewed to see if they are a good fit. EasyHire.me is a great tool in your college recruitment toolbox to ensure that you find the best students quickly and efficiently.

Interviews with college students for entry-level positions should typically not be held the same way as interviews with folks who have been part of the workforce. College students are often more nervous, less aware of their skills, and lack work experience.  It is important to focus on behavior-based questions, like “Tell us about a time when a team project went well and a time when a project didn’t go well”  to identify transferable skills. You need to ask about their experiences within their limited college experience, like “How did you balance multiple assignments and projects, as well, as your part-time job within a busy week?”.

With EasyHire.me, recruiters can design specific sets of questions for the student population and even a different subset for interviewing students applying for an internship. This allows the recruiters to learn the most from their younger applicants by asking the most suitable questions, take notes for each question, and share notes with hiring managers for quicker decisions.

College recruiting season typically means visiting multiple universities, utilizing multiple interviewers, interviewing in various locations (both on-campus and on-site), and meeting dozens of students over the course of a stressful few weeks a couple of times a year. Imagine having a web-based software that would host a schedule, contain various sets of interview questions based upon the different positions being hired, save recorded interview videos (which means you can more easily remember the many faces you see!), and compile notes from each interview in an easy manner. No more struggling to remember which student was which or deciphering your notes (or worse, someone else’s) to jog your memory about what you thought about the candidate. With EasyHire.me, companies are no longer constrained by their HR/Manager availability. They can now engage more employees to take part in the recruiting process, even from home. Once all interviews are completed, they can allow stakeholders to review together and collaborate on making an informed hiring decision.

On the flip side, EasyHire’s virtual interviews are also great for the student candidates. Taking time off for interviews with multiple companies can be nearly impossible for a busy student focusing on exams, school assignments, and other academic commitments. The opportunity to interview remotely with EasyHire  saves time and allows a student to interview with multiple companies, located anywhere in the world while bettering their chance of scoring a great summer internship or full-time job after graduation.Whether smaller companies are scaling up or large companies are hiring in volume, EasyHire.me provides the structure, professionalism, and confidence that the interviews are done fairly.

Why do you need a good interview process?

Why do you need a good interview process?

I landed my first entry-level inside Sales Associate job working in the cubicle trenches for a subsidiary of a massive global corporation. I was so thrilled! The interview process? All it took was a phone call and interview with the Inside Sales Manager (plus a meeting with the HR Manager of course). “Wow! that was almost too easy!” I later found out that it was, indeed, way too easy. I was too excited to really notice and he was as enthused as I was. The initial in-person 1:1 interview took the tone of a conversation between friends rather than what I imagined would be a high-pressure situation where I was to be seated in front of a tribunal full of people in highly professional attire firing questions at me about my SAT scores and college GPA. “Weird,” I thought, “but maybe my interpersonal skills are so good that a ‘real interview’ isn’t necessary!” Looking back – was this really the case? Nope.

Anyone reading with hiring experience will recognize my former manager’s hiring process was not only lacking, it was nonexistent! Is this freestyle type of interviewing good practice? Not by a longshot. People who’ve done research into the history of job interviews (they actually exist!) describe what I experienced as a laissez-faire interview. Essentially, where there should have been a process, there was a void. And it had serious repercussions.

It wasn’t until we, the company’s first Inside Sales team (all five of us hired in the span of a week), started our work when I realized something was up. We all had the same orientation, same training on an advanced technology product, and the same objectives. Off the cuff there were two others beside me doing amazingly; successfully making appointments off cold calls within a week, collaborating with the remote sales representatives, setting up demos and conference calls, and dutifully logging all communication in our CRM. We were the “A Team.”

However, while the A-Team garnered considerable traction, I started to notice (and I’ll put this politely) a severe divergence in the quality of work performed by the other two in our cohort; both had dread of making outbound calls, they did a mass send to twenty-five customers a day to keep their CRM activity log somewhat up to par, but the dollar signs speak for themselves, and it didn’t take long for the Sales Department to recognize that these two hires weren’t ready, willing, or capable of doing their work.

So who’s to blame here? The Inside Sales Manager who hired people he thought would make good pals? The two hires who didn’t work out? The company? Answer: none of the above.  This isn’t politics, this is business. Instead of wasting our time blaming people, let’s take a closer look at what were the systemic problems in this particular hiring process.

I found out later that the Inside Sales Manager, along with his own quota and sales responsibilities, was simply given a budget and orders to hire an Inside Sales team and to do it fast. That’s no easy task – especially for someone with no previous hiring or interviewing experience. Without enough time for screening, a hiring team, or methodical process for interviewing, it was impossible to build a consistent high-caliber sales team.

Solution? Outfitting your hiring teams with a Talent Management Platform ensures a consistent structure in your interviews. EasyHire.me, for example, provides the ability for hiring managers to conduct Live and On Demand video interviews that can be recorded for later review by fellow team members. There’s no room for the laissez-faire style interview in a situation when a dedicated and focused hiring team (not just a single individual) plans and collaborates around the most relevant questions to ask or projects to give. If the two Sales Associates who didn’t work out were made to do mock cold call for mock product demonstration, surely things would have taken a different direction.

For those of you reading who’ve been in a similar experience or are getting too many of the “wrong fits,” we’d  be more than happy to show how EasyHire.me can enable talent acquisition teams to conduct efficient, consistent, and meaningful job interviews!

Should phone screening be the interviews of past?

Should phone screening be the interviews of past?

You pick up the phone and eagerly dial the number of your next promising candidate. Their resume and cover letter are stellar and their application looks impressive. This should be easy- they have all the credentials, skills, experience, and knowledge to make a great fit for the position. Let’s get to know them on the phone and see if they might be a good fit for the company.

Except it isn’t as easy as you thought. Phone calls are a tough way to get to know someone.

Although the statistics vary about what percent of communication is based upon non-verbals, it can certainly be agreed upon that a phone call means you might miss the following as compared to a video interview:

  • Facial expression. During a video interview, whether it be live or recorded, a hiring manager or recruiter can see someone’s face, their reactions, both positive and negative, and glean a lot of insight into the candidate. Is the smile genuine? Are they making “eye contact”? Are they looking confident?
  • Body language.  During a phone interview, you can only guess what the candidate is doing on the other line. On a video interview, you can see whether the candidate is leaning forward intently, suggesting interest. You can see if their arms are cross, if they are excessively yawning, or have their feet on the desk.
  • Professional appearance. Is the candidate dressed professionally? Of course, a video interview is the only way to know!

How can recruiters and hiring managers move from the classic phone screening interview to a video interview process while still keeping the convenience and low-cost? EasyHire.me is an all-inclusive interview management platform that addresses the needs of assessing the non-verbal cues a candidate provides with both live and on-demand interviews, as well as a scorecard to objectively rate aspects of the candidate such as genuineness, professionalism, and interest. Put down the phone and pick up EasyHire.me to find better candidates.