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

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How Well Do Your Candidates Interview?

How Well Do Your Candidates Interview?

Video Interview

 

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.

 

-Jeremy Hoffman

VP Business Development

EasyHire

 

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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!

GDPR Checklist for Compliance

GDPR Checklist for Compliance

We’re sure you’ve seen a bulk of emails from different websites mentioning their changes in their privacy policy due to GDPR. But if you haven’t seen one yet and has no idea what GDPR is, then let us explain. GDPR or General Data Protection Regulation is a global data protection law passed by the European Union that shifts the ownership of customer data from the organizations that use it to the individual customer. All eyes are on the appropriate protection of customers’ private information and to comply is a must! But if you’re at a lost on what you need to change to be GDPR compliant, read on for a checklist of what you need to sort out.

 

Explicit Customer Consent

It’s now a must to ask customers first before processing or storing their data. The request not only needs to be clear and see but it also must be done so in a straightforward way by using easy to understand language. Silence or inactivity from the side of the customer should not be taken as a yes and companies that use their info must be able to prove that they received approval. Also, your customers now have the right to withdraw consent upon request in a reasonable timeframe.

 

Get A Data Protection Officer (DPO) If You Can

Hiring someone who specializes in data protection can save you a lot of worries. Your DPO is your point person to ensure GDPR compliance. This is especially important for companies larger than 10 to 15 employees that process personal data on daily basis and in sheer numbers. But what does the DPO role actually do? The role entails:

  • Regular and systematic monitoring of data on a large scale
  • Processing on a large scale of special categories of data

 

Conduct A Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA)

You’ll definitely need to conduct a data protection impact assessment if your company stores personal data in a permanent storage. This should be done before any project should be carried out and it’s basically an audit within the company that will allow you to measure the effectivity of safeguarding the privacy of the individuals whose data you store. The DPIA aims to achieve these three:

  • Compliance with applicable legal, regulatory and policy requirements
  • Establish the risks and effects
  • Evaluates protections and alternative processes to mitigate privacy risks

 

Data Breach Policies

There will always be substantial risks when it comes to storing data. And Data Breach policies ensure that your customers’ trusts will be kept intact in case of the worse scenarios – which is data breach. The GDPR requires companies to notify local data protection authorities of any data breach situation within 72 hours of discovery. And yes, this means that every company will need the kind of technology that will allow them to detect and address breaches within a certain timeframe. Note as well that this is one of the stricter GDPR requirements and you may have to overhaul your internal data security policies for this.

 

Giving Them The Right to Opt-Out

Deleting personal data not only minimizes the amount of data each company has to keep but also gives customers the freedom to choose. So if a certain data is not needed or has been requested to be deleted, then the answer is yes delete it. And as mentioned, customers have every right to request to be taken off email lists and other such lists that a company may have that they store for marketing or other such purposes.

 

There you have it, a proper checklist for all your GDPR compliance needs. By the way, we’ve also updated our own Privacy Policy for our own GDPR compliance you can check out the updated version here.

We’ve Updated Our Privacy Policy!

We’ve Updated Our Privacy Policy!

We value our users’ privacy and know that the GDPR is aimed at making people know that their personal data are safe and not being used in some way that they do not approve. So here’s a quick rundown of what we changed to be GDPR compliant.

Check out our updated Privacy Policy here. We would love your feedback and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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.

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Reasons Why More Companies Are Using Online Assessments For Hiring

Reasons Why More Companies Are Using Online Assessments For Hiring

Did you know that there was a meta-analysis done by Fox School of Business Research Paper  that found out that personnel selection procedures for general abilities test combined with an integrity test, which is correlated with personality traits, is one of the best combinations for accurately predicting job performance? And that is why more and more companies are using tools that can leverage their video interviewing process and the likes. And if your still doubtful, read on to know more about this new trend in the recruitment industry.

 

Why are more companies using online assessments?

Talent assessments are also what you would call a pre-employment tests or employment screening tests, and they are used to help employers identify candidates that will be a good fit for jobs available at their company. Tools like this help predict the on-the-job performance and retainability of a potential employee. So, in theory, applicants who pass the screening test should perform better as employees if they’re hired. And if you’re still feeling doubtful and have these myths about pre-employment assessments bugging you, here is a Select International’s list of myths about pre-employment assessments and how they debunked them.


Big companies use online assessments.

Talent assessments are playing a bigger role with bigger companies and they are being used as part of an online screening process that helps these big companies decide to ultimately interview. In fact, The New Economy looked into why employers value online assessments more than university degrees and learned that “ Employment tests do more than simply help employers spot candidates with the most potential… Their lack of bias presents a useful tool in the fight against discriminatory hiring practices.” And that’s just one of the few reasons.

Most talent assessments are now being given online, because it really is the most convenient way of doing it. And large companies such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Sears, Walmart and Burger King are already using pre-employment testing in their process.

How do online assessments work?

If you are applying to one of the companies that are already using online talent assessments, the entire hiring process leading up to interview is handled through the Internet. You should expect that the job postings are listed online, candidates apply online through the company website, and then take the talent assessment. Tests may even be hosted on a third party website. In such cases, you’ll be given instructions on how you can access the site and take the test.

There are even employers that use job simulations that are designed specifically to measure whether candidates can perform tasks associated with the job. A good example of this is if when an employer asks a staff member to role play scenarios with candidates to assess sales, problem-solving, verbal communication, or counseling skills.


How valid are talent assessment and outcomes?

It starts with the companies and how they come up with the job descriptions. They need to be detailed and well aligned with success factors for jobs will have the most useful output from talent assessments. Any type of assessment should be consistent and conducted in a standardized manner to generate reliable results. And there are certain ethical hiring standards that dictate that assessments be delivered to all candidates for a particular job and not applied selectively. In many cases, the company is looking for a certain type of employee that perfectly fits their organization structure.



Don’t decide too long on whether you should be using online assessment tools.  Because according to iCIMS, The Modern Job Seeker Report, 2017, When searching for a job, people want to visit job search sites that allow them to instantly mark jobs of interest (54 percent), receive recommendations based on job preferences and resume (53 percent), and input salary requirements and enable employers to reach out directly (53 percent). That basically proves that everything is being done online now and that goes for recruitment as well.

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.

Video Adoption is Not a Trend…It’s The Future!

Video Adoption is Not a Trend…It’s The Future!

Everything is changing, and this is mainly because of the internet. It’s becoming easier for people to build businesses, do research and of course, hire people. There are companies that still opt for the traditional route, though. But what they don’t realize is that they are missing out on the chance to do so much more! Read on to know more about proven benefits of adopting video into your company.

 

Video conference is more effective mode of communication.

It’s hard to get people in the same room at the same time during important meetings. And video actually solves that. In fact, this Must-Know Video Conferencing Statistics shows that there’s higher and higher interest to do conferences remotely due to the fact that it’s cost-effective, improves communication and definitely saves time. Businesses that use video conferencing actually saw a 30% reduction in travel costs and skipping the cost of travel means being able to save a lot that can be invested on other aspects of the company.

 

Video interviews allow companies to hire effectively.

Most companies have inhibitions when it comes to adopting new technology because it’s a big unknown for them. And while it may take some time and effort to switch from the traditional way of interviewing to a modern one, the pros can definitely outweigh the cons. In fact, MRI Network did a 2017 Recruiter Sentiment Study and found out that 63% of recruiters say that there aren’t enough suitable candidates for them to screen. And video eliminates this by allowing recruiters to search all over the world for more suitable candidates that would fit their hiring needs.

 

Video for training employees makes more sense.

The truth is, training employees takes time and time is money. And if a company is able to make the training a bit less time consuming, then it basically means that the transition of a new employee to the position they are assigned for can become a bit more hassle-free. And how can this be done? The obvious answer would be by creating training videos. It allows the training process to be done in a manner that needs little supervision and the best part is the trainee can go back to it whenever they need to. If you’re still in doubt, then you should see Cisco’s Survey that shows that the majority of executives see a big future for video in the workplace.

 

Video adoption can be applied in so many aspects of the workplace. If your company isn’t adopting the video technology to any of its work processes, then your company is definitely moving backwards. Keep in mind that about 9 out of 10 (87 percent) of companies are making video investments right now. Companies who make a commitment to video technology are seen as a company who cares about using technology to fuel business growth. So it’s high time that companies find a way to adopt video into their work process before they fall behind from their competition.