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Video Intro and Thank you clips are now available

Video Intro and Thank you clips are now available

Easyhire.me knows how busy you and your recruiters are.  We also know how passionate you are about finding and screening talent for your team! In order to save your time, we created a special Introduction and Thank-you videos. They can be included in any of your question sets. The video is recorded in high quality and is accompanied by subtitles, which will help even the non-English-speaking candidates to understand.

The Introduction Video explains candidates about the interview process, the types of questions and how the recording works.
View Introduction video and add it to your Question sets:

You can add The Introduction video to your question sets by completing the following steps:
1. Go to the Questions section and select a question set;
2. Double click on Configure Introduction line;

 

3. Select Easyhire.me Introduction video from the dropdown menu and Save

In the “Thank you” message, we thank candidates for their time and tell what happens after the interview.
Look at the “Thank you” message and feed it to your sets of questions:

You can add this video in the same way as Introduction, using the Configure Thank You message form and selecting the Easyhire.me Thank You Message video.

Easyhire.me Team will add new video tutorials for candidates and managers to make our platform more understandable and easy for our users.

Six ways to create an enjoyable and comfortable on-demand interview

Six ways to create an enjoyable and comfortable on-demand interview

A vast majority of candidates we polled reflected that interview process is very stressful to them. They felt even more stressed about an upcoming video interview. This was because they did not know what to expect, given this format is fairly new. Additional stress was due to the lack of feedback during a one way video-interview.

 

So we decided to share some tips for making EasyHire.me video interviews more comfortable for your candidates.

  • Create a clear branded image of the hiring team using customization options!

You can add your company logo, corporate colors, the email signature to all emails that are sent to candidates. This feature is available on the Teams page – Customization tab.

Ask your hiring team to fill out their profiles and add their photos.This will significantly increase candidate’s level of trust and confidence.

Profile photo can be specified by clicking on the profile drop down and selecting the Settings option.

Each team member can easily specify their title, position and responsibilities in the “About Me” section of their profile.

 

  • Compose a friendly email invitation to the interview!

Easyhire.me allows hiring managers to customize emails that will be sent to candidates on behalf of the team. This option is available on the Team page, the Email Templates tab. Often candidates get acquainted with a vacancy from an invitation to the interview – create your perfect invitation!

 

  • Add a welcome video message.

Take the opportunity to greet your candidates by creating video messages. Candidates will see the welcome video before they start interviews. This is a great way for a hiring manager to introduce themselves, share exciting facts about the company and team, provide more details about the position and the interview process.

You can record one video introduction and use it for all your question sets, or record an unique introduction to each set.

 

  • Be creative when composing a question set! 

 

In order to diversify question set you may use any combination of the following types of questions:

  • Video questions
  • Quiz questions
  • Text questions
  • Technical questions with the code runner
  • Questions with attached images

Our candidate surveys showed that when candidates see a video question, they feel less anxious about their own video recording. Therefore we recommend creating at least one video question.

One good way to create such question is to ask several of your colleagues to record a video question. You can then combine these into a single question set. As a result, candidates would get to know their potential future team before the formal on site interview. This way they are more likely to be excited about the position and have a much higher chance of a more positive outcome of the interview process.

For Default questions use the editor to create a question, attach a picture or insert a link.

Add time to prepare to your questions so that candidates get the opportunity to fully understand questions and think about the answers before being recorded. This will result in more complete and detailed answers.

 

  • Begin the interview with simple and open-ended questions, for instance:

«Tell us about yourself»

«Why are you interested in the role?»

«Describe your current (or most recent) position»

and then add more complex questions.

 

  • Thank the candidate for taking the interview.

Add «Thank you» video-message to your question sets. In this video, you can thank the candidate for the interview and explain to them what next steps will be taken if they will be approved or rejected.

 

We wish you good luck in finding and selecting suitable employees, and Easyhire.me will make this process easy and fast!!!

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

10 Questions You Should Never be Asked in a Video Interview

10 Questions You Should Never be Asked in a Video Interview

Having a set of question ready can be handy especially when it comes to video interviews. But it doesn’t mean that you can just ask any question that comes to mind. There are certain questions that should never be asked during an interview and we have here a list of questions that should ensure that you do not ask the wrong questions.

 

Do You Have Kids?

This is an innocent enough question and does come up during small talk. It may seem like a harmless enough question and some Hiring Managers may even use this question to connect to the candidate and put them at ease. But if you try to analyze it, asking candidates about their kids isn’t exactly related to the job. A candidate’s capabilities do not lie on whether or not they have kids. And if this question is connected with the jobs hours required, then you are better off asking the candidate about availability and stating that the company has rigid about hours.

Do You Speak Another Language at Home?

Again, this may seem like an innocent enough question but when it’s an interview, you need to take into consideration that this can be considered as discrimination. You typically learn their language skills as you conduct the interview and so asking about other languages that the candidate speaks at home becomes a bit redundant.

Do You Have Any Disabilities?

Certain disabilities are pretty obvious and it can be easily seen by the interviewer. But, there are certain disabilities that are not that apparent but it doesn’t mean that you can outright ask about it. Even though, this can be something that the company would, of course, want to know, asking someone about their disability can still be considered a discrimination. Asking the candidate about their capabilities is much more appropriate and if the candidate does have a disability that can affect his/her job, then it should be brought up after a job offer is made.

Funny Questions From the Internet.

Hiring managers sometimes want to make it fun for the candidates and ask questions that they get from the internet. While this kind of questions makes a good reliever of tension, it does not actually help in the process of evaluating the candidate. The questions should be relevant to the job every time. And if your reason the reason is wanting to be able to look into the personality of the candidate, then that should probably be the job of a trained psychologist.

What Did You Hate About Your Last Job?

A question like this may seem reasonable enough but this is also a question that outright opens an opportunity for you candidate to become negative, and that is not very professional. The candidate obviously had some problems with the last job that they have got and that is why they are applying for a new one. So instead of asking this question, you can ask them what their expectations may be in their new job. It is a much more positive approach to finding out what type of environment or job the candidate loves doing.

What is Your Religion?

Asking someone about their faith does not help you in analyzing their true capabilities, so never go there. It may seem like small talk for you, but during an interview, there is no reason for you to ask this. You should only ask about a candidates religion if there are certain events or even a task that will be assigned to them that may affect them or is not allowed in their religious customs.

How old are you?

This is something that can easily found out in the candidate’s resume or bio and it should not ask during the interview. It may be considered as age discrimination and again that is something that should be avoided. Just try to know the candidate’s age beforehand and do not include this in the interview questions.

Have you ever been arrested?

Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and yes, it is illegal to ask someone if they have ever been arrested. Finding out about this info is easy enough and the candidate should still have the right to prove himself or herself because their capabilities aren’t directly connected to their having been arrested in the past.

Have you ever filed for bankruptcy?

Asking someone about their financial status are off-limits. While this may seem like a question that can be asked harmlessly, it may be something of a sensitive topic to the candidate. And again, this is a question that wouldn’t actually allow hiring managers to measure a candidate’s capabilities so try to get more relevant questions instead.

How often did you take sick days in your last job?

If there is a time gap on a candidate’s resume, then it is okay to ask what happened during this period. But asking outright about how many sick days a candidate has taken is not okay because it is still related to their disability and is another question that should not be asked. Asking about pre-existing medical conditions if perfectly fine though once the job has been offered to the candidate to ensure that there are no obstacles in the candidate’s fulfillment of the role.

 

It can be a bit tricky to pick the right questions when it comes to video interviews but EasyHire.me actually comes with a library of good questions and any hiring manager can use this if in doubt. And you can even make it easier by conducting a recorded video interview and this way, managers can ensure that hiring managers are asking the right questions.

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.

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!

The many layers of interviewing: Unfold the process with EasyHire.me

The many layers of interviewing: Unfold the process with EasyHire.me

You are using EasyHire’s interview platform to interview new candidates. You are consistently going through each question, listening intently to each answer, and carefully rating responses. But what are you actually listening for? How do you take subjective answers and make them objective, allowing you to compare apples to apples? 

Let’s investigate what employers are thinking when candidates are answering questions and how EasyHire can help incorporate these concepts in their interview process in a structured and objective manner.

  1. Likeability. Do I like this person? Will they get along with the rest of the team? Can I spend 8+ hours a day with them? What is the cultural fit? By including “cultural fit” and/or “likability” as measures on the scorecard, employers can rate candidates on a 5-star rating system.
  2. Genuineness. Is this person who they say they are? Do their experiences and language seem congruent with their application? Does the candidate genuinely want to work here? Can I trust this person? Ask in your interview process “Why do you want to work at Company X?” Genuineness can be measured from the candidate’s answer.
  3. Competency. Can the person do the job for which they are applying? Do they reference skills and knowledge relevant to the position? EasyHire.me allows employers to internally list skills, knowledge, and other competencies to be rated for each candidate in the platform, allowing for easy comparison of candidates.
  4. Positivity. Does the candidate seem to have a positive outlook? Do they speak poorly of their previous position or supervisors? When speaking of situations that didn’t go well, does the candidate focus on the negatives or do they express the things they learned to improve for next time? Include “positivity” as a measure or ask questions that get to the heart of a candidate’s outlook.
  5. Uniqueness. Is this candidate memorable (for the right reasons!)? Would they bring something new and different to the company? Are they better than the rest and stand out as someone you want on your team? Simply asking “tell me what makes you unique” or “why should we pick you out of all the other candidates” can yield some telling results related to uniqueness. Additionally, the way a candidate presents themselves, their variety of experiences, and how they tell a story might give them a 5-star rating in the “uniqueness” measure.
  6. Employer knowledge. Did the candidate spend the time to get to know the company and what they are about? Do they know the job description well and understand how they will contribute in the position? Do they reference company projects and initiatives while relating their skills? Including “employer research” as a measure can help employers compare candidates who took a cursory look at the website against those who really spent some time understanding what the company is about.

Although objective answers to questions in an interview are very important, subjective concepts, such as genuineness and uniqueness cannot be forgotten. Let EasyHire help you navigate both objective and subjective scores and find the best candidate for the position.

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.