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Grill candidates with video interview prep to cool their nerves and increase confidence on game day
Whether you’re working in a search firm setting or a corporate environment as a contract recruiter, think for a moment how much of your time you spend sourcing, screening, and recruiting candidates. A lot. Now think: how much time do you spend preparing your candidates for actual interviews?
Before in-person interviews are scheduled between the candidates you’ve recruited and the companies you represent, it goes without saying you’ve already done a whole lot of work developing the matches, the “good fits.” However, understanding the role and its context within the company and confirming a genuine candidate is great due diligence, but is it enough?
Question for you: “How well do your candidates interview?” If you don’t know, you need this article.
Preparing candidates for real-life interviewing is critical to your success. Using a video interview platform allows candidates to comfortably practice on their own time and gives you the opportunity to review and provide feedback where needed.
1: Record, Review, Refine…
In the few days, hours, and minutes leading up to the interview, everyone gets nervous. No matter how much coaching you provide, it’s simply how we’re wired. Video interviews can help simulate some of the same pressure felt in in-person interview. Additionally, get used to curveballs. Prepare candidates for questions they may not have thought of candidate can be asked questions they might not expect. Being able to practice this scenario over and over will create flexibility in candidates’ responses.
2: “Why do you want to work here?”
The well-prepared candidate should know the company he or she is interviewing for better than their own resume. If candidates don’t prepare for this question, it will not only be obvious, it may be a dealbreaker for their candidacy. Asking this question and reviewing it in a recorded video interview will help your candidate avoid the longest most awkward silence ever.
3. Ready, Set…
Video interviewing platforms such as Easyhire can simulate the challenging interview environments by prompting candidates with similar questions in a live or pre-recorded scenario. Alongside timed assessment, multiple-choice, extended text, including coding / whiteboarding windows, written response, and others, you can be more confident in your rockstar candidates on their big day.
4. Go with confidence!
Even with years of experience and qualifications a candidate may have, don’t take chances and assume your candidates will do great until you’ve seen it with your own eyes. Some may be ready to go off the bat. However, many candidates may have been out of the market for a while or are entering a new industry. With new technology, preparing candidates with video interviews may be innovative to some, but it’s really just common sense.
VP Business Development
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:
- Screening time
- Phone interview time
- Scheduling time
- Candidate’s travel expenses (if applicable)
- Manager’s time to interview
- 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:
- Screen multiple candidates simultaneously.
- Search and analyze responses—all interview information is recorded.
- Get insights quickly—for example, examine verbal cues and body language.
- Recruiters don’t lose candidates due to scheduling issues—candidates can record their answers at the time that works best for them.
- 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.
We have taken on the challenge of simplifying the workflow for prospecting candidates and further improve your easy hire experience.
Our approach combines two distinct ideas that we have been hearing from you – provide actionable content for candidates and set up self-service workflows to deal with scale.
You can now create a public link to your EasyHire.me job posting and use it in all your job board postings, social media campaigns, and even email messages. Candidates will be able to click to take an On Demand interview immediately and not have to wait for you to schedule one. You also get notified on your Slack channel and Email when candidates submit their interviews.
Candidates visiting your job page can take interview right away!
EasyHire.me Job Link makes prospecting and pre-screening of candidates extremely easy! Cut down time and effort spent on prospecting candidates for your next job and streamline your interview process with EasyHire Job Links!
According to The American Staffing Association, in 2014 there were on average 3.2 million temporary workers each week, working for an average time of 11 weeks, in over 35,000 establishments nationwide. Additionally, with 20,000 U.S staffing and recruiting agencies operating 39,000 offices, industry sales grew to nearly $136 billion in 2015. Eighty-eight percent of those sales come from temporary and contract staffing.
With numbers like these, one can only imagine the preliminary work that temp agencies must perform in order to find great employees that fit the needs of their clients. Enter EasyHire.me, an interview management platform that would streamline and simplify the hiring process for temp agencies. Typically agencies have resumes, computer assessment scores, and employee availability on file. If agencies use EasyHire’s on-demand and live video interviews, they will have a record of the interview session, along with the questions asked in the file that they can review when a new job becomes available to fill.
Imagine a busy law firm needs a front desk administrative assistant for six weeks while the permanent staff member is recovering from a surgery. The law firm is seeking someone computer savvy with strong customer service and time management skills, preferably with some law office experience.
Temp Agency A might send the first available employee who loosely meets the client’s criteria based upon poorly-written notes from a recruiter interview 3 months prior.
On the other side of town, Temp Agency B has interviewed folks with EasyHire’s interview platform when they signed up for employment. They can now reap the benefits of adopting a structured interview process:
- The interviews are recorded and archived in the EasyHire platform for easy access
- A candidate’s answers to questions are easily separated throughout the video, making it easy for the agency and the client to narrow in on what they need to know to determine the best fit
- The recruiter can review the recorded interviews to find the top three temporary employee candidates, send the videos to the law firm for review, and allow them to pick who will be the best fit for them.
Which temp agency has the best likelihood of sending a great employee to their client, thus securing future business? Temp Agency B, of course! With incredible numbers of job-seekers using temporary and staffing agencies to find work and earn a paycheck, and more companies relying on the expertise of an agency to fill positions with stellar candidates, EasyHire’s interview platform and unique features can make the process easier for all parties.