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4 Ways to Increase Candidate Engagement in Higher Ed

4 Ways to Increase Candidate Engagement in Higher Ed

Don’t miss out on a Nobel because of bad process

Higher education institutes have always grappled with long hiring processes. Of course we’d like it to be faster, but we also recognize the search process as inherently longer because of the nature of the position. Each search is conducted with careful consideration and the hope that taking time to make the right decisions is mutually beneficial for new hires and the institutions. That said, it’s difficult to maintain candidate engagement throughout lengthy decisions. Here’s a few ways to cut down on the “black hole” effect. Don’t lose your hires because of bad processes because you’ll be kicking yourself if you lose a candidate and see them winning a Nobel prize at another school a decade down the road.

 

1. Be thoughtful when building an application process.

Ensure your application process is flexible and includes only the information necessary to make a decision. Too much information required upfront can discourage some of the best candidates from applying. For example, references are often not required during the initial round of review. Requesting more information from candidates who are qualified later in the process will keep them engaged if they see your process as logically sequenced and relevant. Essentially, don’t push away smart candidates with dumb process setting.

 

2. Manage Expectations!

Be upfront with your candidates about the timeframe. You may have a period of when applications are accepted before anyone at all gets reviewed. You may have expected delays such as breaks or other known periods where the hiring team will be busy or unavailable. Look at your calendar, assess, and establish a realistic timeframe for your candidates by attaching dates (or date ranges) to each application step and review.

 

3. Communication is your friend!

According to a recent hiring survey conducted by Robert Half, “when faced with a lengthy hiring process, 39 percent of survey respondents lose interest and pursue other roles, while 18 percent decide to stay put in their current job.”

Use your institutions marketing software or the thousands of free or paid tools you can find on the internet to set up an email sequence. Letting candidates know you are still interested in them as well as providing more details about your Institution and community to keep them engaged. In the final rounds or if it comes down to the candidate choosing your institution rather than you choosing them, hosting events and tours can be another great way of keeping candidates engaged.

 

4. Have a personal touch

Sending updates via personal secured video messages are easy and cost effective – sometimes free! Vidyard Go Video for example is sleek and simple way to communicate with candidates or employees via a personalised video.

Simply record a quick video that personal and effective. This tool also tracks when candidates or employees actually watch the video and how many times viewed.

 

Check out EasyHire.me – by far the best platform for integrating video interviewing, live or recorded, into your hiring process for faster acquisition times and consistently higher quality candidates.

 

Jeremy Hoffman
Vice President, Sales
EasyHire

Human Resources Today


Scaling Fast? 3 Questions HR Can’t Afford to Forget

Scaling Fast? 3 Questions HR Can’t Afford to Forget

Don’t forget the essentials – especially in times of fast-and-furious growth

Job interviews can be a jarring, if not a downright anxiety-provoking event for many, especially when it’s not for a mere ‘job,’ but for the brave next step in a candidate’s career. Depending on the position, interviews can be high stakes for candidates and hiring managers alike. With recruiting agencies, advertisements, time spent on training, cost of low productivity, possible upfront moving costs and even hiring bonuses, the wrong decision on a hire can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Unstructured interviews with a lack of consistent questions can sometimes have HR and hiring managers forgetting the most basic questions:

 

-Can you do the work?

-Will you like the position and bring your best in every day?

-Will you fit in with the company?

 

These are, of course, the very basics. There are thousands of articles and blogs containing the words: “Top Interview Questions” and most questions do assess one of these things. However, companies of every size need to be cognizant that gaps can start growing if they lack quality HR processes. Make sure to having screening tools, consistent interview techniques, and collaboration processes. For example, an enthusiastic ‘thumbs up’ from the department head should not be the ultimate decider in the hiring of a candidate.

Finally, I’d be an irresponsible blogger if I didn’t mention EasyHire. Which, by total coincidence has sponsored this blog space (too weird!) This software is used by HR departments and staffing professionals to screen large pools of candidates with intuitive video interviewing technology. 

 

One last thing: for job seekers reading this, I think these questions are just as valuable. If you don’t know the answers to these questions with regards to companies you’ve applied for, maybe you should find out!

 

The EasyHire Team

Human Resources Today

6 Ways AI Will Enable Recruiting to Be More Human

6 Ways AI Will Enable Recruiting to Be More Human

We all have seen the news and know that more and more jobs are being taken away by robots and some people are even afraid of the future because of it. Well, there are pros and cons for every new technology that comes our way. Just like cars where it makes it so much more convenient for us to travel now but it actually pollutes the air we breathe. So let’s actually take a look at the five ways that AI can make the recruiting process more human and easy for a change.

 

AI will make job ads more targeted and effective.

Basically, this technique will give recruiters the ability to place highly targeted ads in front of the right people at exactly the right time. Data based potential clients browsing history and online activity will allow them to do this. Advertisers need to be able to understand each browsing activity using cookies or what you can say are pieces of data that follow people as they visit different pages. Tracking these cookies and knowing if there are candidates visiting a page will allow recruiters to compile these data and can be used to shortlist potential candidates. This can also be done by looking at prospective candidates browsing histories to check phrases they’ve searched and pages visited against those used by local talent who visited a certain webpage.

The truth is that we are living in a world where ads dominate a lot of peoples lives. In fact, Betterteam found out that “Facebook only shows your posts to about 2 percent of people who like your page. To give your posts a chance of appearing, you can use paid ads to target friends of people who like your page.” So having AI actually allows people to find the right job quicker.

 

Profile Augmentation will give a clear picture of candidate’s skills.

AI will soon make it possible to see not just a candidate’s job history but also what they are passionate about doing. Using the same technology that allows companies to model an applicants behavior based on browsing histories and interests. They could figure out a person’s interests and hidden skills and this then would allow recruiters to recommend jobs related to what candidates actually want to do and not just the job they are assigned to now. This is especially useful for roles that are hard to fill, like an Information Security Analyst. There are few people who can handle this type of job, but you would be surprised to know that there are plenty with experience in software development who would jump at the chance of levelling up their game and taking on the job.

 

Chatbots can do the initial basic questioning for you.

There are companies that are already using chatbots in recruitment. Some companies like Shamrock foods actually ask for a potential candidates phone number and name through chatbots. So it basically eliminates the need to fill out forms, meaning less paper consumption. Once this forms are filled out, the chatbot is able to collect that information, the persons’ profile then goes into a CRM system where human recruiters can do their work. Bots can even follow up with candidates if they aren’t actively progressing with an application. So the main advantage of it is that recruiters get their time freed up a lot and they can then focus on the more important aspects of recruitment.

 

Advanced competency tests can gauge emotional and cognitive abilities.

There are actually advanced competency tests can tell a lot about a candidate and you’d be happy to know that games are involved. Certain games that are specifically made to test out abilities are a great and innovative way to know a candidate’s skills that would otherwise be difficult to detect, like problem-solving. They can also help recruiters assess a candidate’s willingness to take risks by creating scenarios within a game. There are more and more companies already doing this, but it will definitely become bigger within the next 3 years or so. Companies like Shell, AXA and Generali Group are already using Knack to assess their potential employees.

 

Facial and speech recognition software in video interviews can reveal more.

Video interviews will soon take over the normal hiring process and be much more useful. In the future, a candidate may only need to speak to the camera while the machine takes them through a list of questions. Meaning that recruiters will only need to review those videos and can actually prevent potential bias because they did need to interact with the person themselves. This may seem too automated for some but it actually allows a fair chance for each candidate, which is still a better outcome. Also, you can expect that video interview software will, in the future, be able to analyze body language, the tone of voice that can help in determining the overall qualification of a potential employee.

And if you want to try the future for yourself, you can try out EasyHire and get their free demo to have a proper idea of what it’s like to interview through videos.

 

Reference checking will become quick and easy.

Checking a potential clients reference is one of the most tedious things recruiters have to do. You have to call a minimum of three people to check the credibility of the person you are hiring and while this is not the same for all companies, some still do this. Well, there are now tools you can use to do this and yes, AI is still involve. At TeleReference, they have an automated reference checking platform that will allow recruiters to make their hiring process more streamlined. They even have a video, telephone or written reference options that can fit any requirements that a hiring manager needs. Also, it gives the candidates a better chance because the hiring manager will have more time to look into skills and abilities rather than calling all day for reference.

 

Don’t worry about the future, because you can never truly take away the output that a human is able to do. We all need to just focus on what things AI can improve and not always think about the bad. In the end, we all just need to make certain adjustments and try to see AI for what it is, a helpful tool.

Human Resources Today

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.

EasyHire.me Job Link

EasyHire.me Job Link

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.

Automate candidate prospecting and pre-screening
Automate candidate prospecting and pre-screening

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!

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.

Rise in temp workforce: EasyHire interviews to the rescue!

Rise in temp workforce: EasyHire interviews to the rescue!

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.

How do you fight bias in your hiring process?

How do you fight bias in your hiring process?

Hiring bias is something that affects everyone whether you are a candidate being overlooked or an employer unconsciously making a biased hiring decision. Fighting bias is a choice and more companies are starting to make that choice in their recruitment process and reaping the rewards of a team built on diversity.

Hiring bias can take many forms: the way the job posting is written; the effect of the name, age, and pedigree of the applicant;  what questions are asked in the interview and more. Employers need to be aware of their hiring bias whether it is conscious or not while asking themselves the bigger question – what aspect of the company culture is fueling the hiring bias in the first place?

Today many resources are available to the companies to reduce unconscious biases which in turn will bring diversity into the workforce. EasyHire.me recognizes that the interview process is potentially the gateway to many of the biases that influence the hiring process which in turn shapes the company’s culture. EasyHire.me’s interview management platform helps employers to conduct a more consistent interview across all applicants ensuring that every candidate gets a fair chance. Hiring managers can create pre-defined questions to evaluate the candidates which help the interviewers to stay on track during the selection process, put their biases aside and discover the best candidates.

In technology industries specifically, knowledge and skills create a strong candidate. Many a times employers have been less likely to interview a female candidate, an LGBTQ-identified applicant, an older applicant due to biases of who should “represent” the tech world. EasyHire.me’s interviewing tools and processes can help companies take the first step forward in hiring people based on “who can do the job well” and not “who they are”. This will not only help the companies find strong candidates but also bring diversity to the workplace. In a time of a technology boom, combined with an increasingly diverse community of technical applicants, it is important to face hiring bias and stop denying it exists.