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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

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!

On-demand video interviews

On-demand video interviews

We’re excited to announce the on-demand video interviewing capability to our EasyHire.me Interview Management Platform. With EasyHire.me on-demand interviews, you can streamline and accelerate your pre-screening process.

On-demand interviews provide significant benefits to the hiring team. By creating a concise list of job-specific questions and inviting a number of promising applicants to record responses on their own time, the hiring team could get valuable pre-screening data to visually compare. This allows the hiring team to shortlist the most qualified applicants, much faster. The hiring team saves valuable time as no scheduling of interviews is required and the same interview recording can be shared and viewed multiple times.

On-demand interviews significantly simplify the hiring process for both the companies as well as the candidates. It is well-suited for even passive candidates as they can fit it into their busy schedules without taking time off work.

Check out our latest press release for more details.

Structured interview – an easy upgrade to your hiring process

Structured interview – an easy upgrade to your hiring process

1. Understand the job requirement

Specifying the job requirements clearly is the first step in the hiring process. Not only can it help dictate the open dialogue between you as an interviewer and the candidate, but also save your staffing team valuable time in their sourcing efforts.

Writing a good job description requires an understanding of company’s roadmap and timeline, both from a business and product perspective. In other words, address today’s needs, while also envisioning what the role would be a year from now.

For example, let’s say, you are looking to hire a Sales Development Representative. Your current need may be to generate more leads and revenue. However, you envision this hire to transition into a marketing role down the road. What would be the job requirements? Are you looking for someone to setup drip campaign or are you someone to do social marketing,

It may be wise to create a generic job description that emphasizes on expectations and accountabilities, rather than specific tasks, thereby encouraging employees to focus on results rather than job duties. We would suggest that you understand the role and responsibilities and write a more wide-ranging job description. A little extra time spent in compiling a good job description would help your recruiting teams efforts in finding the right candidate, faster!

2. Identify the key competencies 

Identify the most important competencies that should be evaluated during the interview. Define the key competencies that are must have and good to have. It is important that the hiring team understand the skills that are important for the job. Ideally, it would be great to get a candidate who has all the desired key competencies but most often you have limited time and so would have to compromise and pick the best available candidate. It would be helpful if the team has a prioritized list of key competencies that you are looking for in the candidates. Next step is to develop a list of questions to evaluate the competencies. Three to six competencies are typically assessed, and one to three questions might be developed around each competencies.

3. Develop questions around each competency

The next step is to develop questions to evaluate each of the identified competencies. All candidates should be asked a similar set of questions to bring consistency in the interview and evaluation process. For example, a key competency for manager often entails the ability to resolve differences within the team. Plan on asking questions that would give an insight on the candidate’s approach in solving such conflicts. The questions may include something like “Describe a time when you had conflicting ideas about the strategy of a project. Describe the situation? How did you help the team to resolve this conflict?” If it is a software engineering position which requires specific language skills, plan to have a specific question on coding that entails the candidate to write a snippet of code.

4. Define the metric scale 

Metrics are essential in today’s labor force. Not only do they help gauge overall performance, but can also be the driving factor for making hiring decisions. As you structure your interview process, it is important to identify the types of specific behaviors and descriptors that can be used to evaluate the candidate’s actions. These anchors are typically developed around a three or five-point scale. Define the metric scale and format to capture the factors that are important to the job position as well as for the company. Next, define the standards for rating so that all the evaluation across interviewers are normalized. Here are two factors to keep in mind:

  • Relevant metrics to a role: Measure a candidate on similar metrics to what their role entails. For example, if you are interviewing a Marketing candidate, your objective may be to read a sample writing a piece on the spot.
  • Qualitative vs. Quantitative: Being able to reduce subjectivity in the interview process is important. We are a product of our environment and as such, do bring our personal biases in the hiring process. We can reduce these biases by quantifying the candidates on the set of objectives with a well defined metric scale 

In the end, a structured approach to interviewing and decision-making process will help you in scaling the team, faster.

Webinar – 5 ways to accelerate your interview process

Webinar – 5 ways to accelerate your interview process

We had a webinar session (on March 24) where Soham Mehta (Founder of KickStart) and Alex Vendrow (Co-Founder of EasyHir.me) talked about the challenges in hiring and building team, what are specific challenges when you are hiring in scale and how can you bring consistency and accountability in the interview process.

We also demoed the EasyHire.me interview platform showcased how it addresses the challenges mentioned by Soham and Alex:

  1. Bring consistency in the interviewing process
  2. Make objective assessments based on job requirements
  3. Reduce personal biases in the evaluation process
  4. Bring transparency and accountability in the selection process
  5. Increase the effectiveness of the interviews

 

What type of interviewer are you?

What type of interviewer are you?

Interviewing is an art! It is a self taught skill that you need to learn and master yourself.  There is no clear-cut course that teaches you how to be a good interviewer. An effective interviewer makes their candidate feel comfortable and relaxed to bring the best out of them in order to ascertain what skills they can bring to the table. They inspire the candidate to want to be part of their initiative and engage them in introspective discussions. They make the candidate contemplate on how they can improve themselves and their peers.

You can be more successful as an interviewer by being conscious as to whom you are interviewing. Before commencing the interview, first establish the role and the job you are interviewing the candidate for. Are you interviewing for a customer facing role or a product development role? Additionally, while interviewing, be aware of the type of person you are talking to. Are you talking to a fresh graduate or an industry veteran? Would the candidate be reporting to you or would he be joining the team as your peer? These are but few of the factors that you should consider before initiating the interview. By analyzing and deciding all of these factors, you can pick a candidate who is best suitable for your work style and the job at hand, and hopefully, a long-term contributor to your company.

Here are some crucial qualities that you can pick from as the interviewer:

  • Assertive: If you are going to be their manager, establish the company’s hierarchy and accountability in a positive manner. Act like his manager and give the candidate a realistic glimpse on how you see them fitting in your company.
  • Collaborative: If you are interviewing your peer, solve problems together with the candidate. Your interview should aim in not only finding out how suitable the candidate is for the job but also how good it is to work with him.
  • Inquisitive: If you are interviewing your boss, talk about his vision and plans for the company and evaluate if he has the abilities to execute on them. Share your passion and commitment towards the job and find out if they are aligned with his.

Your evaluation on the candidate should depend on the interview session. If you were a tough interviewer, go easy on the evaluation. If you were collaborative and friendly, be tough on the evaluation. Finally, the choice is yours to pick a persona and conduct the interview accordingly.  Plan ahead – study the candidate, choose the appropriate persona, and provide a rounded, insightful evaluation on the candidate.

Phone calls from EasyHire web interface

Phone calls from EasyHire web interface

EasyHire.me is thrilled to announce a significant addition to its interview platform. The award winning cloud-enabled interview platform now incorporates a WebRTC-powered phone calling from within its web interface. Recruiters and hiring managers can now call candidates on their conventional phones from within the EasyHire.me Interview Room. Similar to video interviews, the phone interviews can be recorded and shared with the hiring team.

Hiring the right talent demands a tremendous amount of time and money. The EasyHire.me platform revolutionizes the hiring process by making interviews both structured and easy to conduct. It provides tools and workflows to conduct phone & video interviews that could be recorded and shared with team to collaborate and make evidence-based hiring decisions.

EasyHire.me is the state-of-the-art platform to schedule, interview and review candidates, all in one place! The unrivaled platform gives hiring managers, recruiters, and HR personnel the tools they need to successfully and efficiently recruit top talent in their industry. The startup is based in Silicon Valley and is founded on the basis of bringing cutting-edge technology to enable a structured and reliable process for recruiting professionals.

How to perform well In a video interview

How to perform well In a video interview

Over the last decade, our lives have changed considerably, as new technology is constantly being implemented. Modern technology is changing the world we live in: our work, education, daily activities, and now, the recruitment process. Over the years, video calls have become more reliable and ubiquitous than ever and it has become part of our everyday life.

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Video interviews are gaining widespread acceptance in corporate recruiting process. Currently, numerous companies are developing platforms to conduct video interviews in order to recruit potential candidates. These new platforms are exceptionally convenient, allowing them to evaluate each candidate without taking the time to meet them face-to-face.

A video interview works the same way as a face-to-face interview; the interviewer asks a series of questions to the candidate and evaluates them based on their knowledge and how they present themselves. The latter can get quite nerve-racking, as many of us might feel uncomfortable and uneasy talking to someone unfamiliar and trying to convince them why they’re the best for the job. However, instead of struggling and avoiding video interviews altogether, we have devised a few tips on how to overcome your fear and impress the employer.

  • Practice

    As a famous author once said, “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice reduces the imperfection.” Before a video interview, practice answering potential questions and general questions about yourself. Try speaking in front of a mirror to further improve your facial expressions; this will definitely carry on to the interview, as you will feel confident in what you are saying.

  • Dress professionall

     When choosing your attire, it is essential that you dress appropriately. By dressing professionally, you convey a great impression to the interviewer and let them know that you are serious for the position. Additionally, dress in light colors against a dark background and dark colors against a light background. Plan ahead and keep your clothes ready for the interview well in advance. Remember, “You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in a costume of failure.”

  • Be confident

    In a video interview, it is necessary to exhibit yourself as someone who is confident of themselves and in what they do. In order to accomplish this, look directly at the camera and not at the screen. By looking directly at the interviewer, whatever you say will be more effective and will be taken more seriously. Nod and smile to further show your interest in the interview. Additionally, verbalize and articulate your words clearly and loudly so that you can express all of your thoughts and ideas.

  • Create a list of questions to ask the interviewer

    After the interviewer evaluates you and asks all the questions necessary, you are typically given the opportunity to ask some questions of your own. Having this in mind, create a list of questions beforehand to ask the interviewer. For example, you can ask about the management style of the company, the prospects for growth, or aspects of the company culture.

Clearly, video interviews are becoming the new norm in the recruitment process. It is to your advantage that you adapt to the modern times sooner – embrace video interviews and take the upper hand in the competitive job market.

A cutting-edge video interview platform

A cutting-edge video interview platform

EasyHire.me Proudly Announces Its Cutting-Edge Interviewing Platform

This state-of-the-art platform makes conducting interviews a simple and effective process, making it effortless to find the suitable candidate for a job. The unrivaled platform gives hiring managers, recruiters, and HR personnel the tools they need to successfully and efficiently recruit top talent in their industry.

In this day and age, hiring the right talent for a position demands a tremendous amount of time and money. EasyHire.me changes this. It revolutionizes the hiring process by making interviews both structured and easy to conduct. EasyHire.me enriches your interview experience with large video and interactive tools to conduct an effective interview, making it convenient for both parties.

The latest updates to EasyHire.me allows you to:

  • Plan and structure your interviews with appropriate questions, evaluation criteria, and rating scale.
  • Engage your candidate in a live video conversation with screen sharing capabilities. Conduct the interview using your compiled list of questions while making notes and rating candidates’ responses.
  • Quickly and easily share interview recordings, feedback, and notes, and collaborate with your team to make evidence‐based hiring decisions.

EasyHire.me is a cloud‐based interviewing platform with interactive tools, workflows, and data collection for successful recruiting in the job market. The startup is based in Silicon Valley and is founded on the basis of bringing a structured and reliable resource to recruiting professionals.

Benefits of a Structured Interview

Benefits of a Structured Interview

Has anyone in the history of hiring ever employed anyone without conducting some type of interview? Seriously doubt it! Interview is an important process when you decide whether to allow the “outsider” into the “family” or not. There have been volumes written about how the first five minutes of an interview decide whether you get the job or not. Instead of collecting objective data, the hiring decisions are influenced by gut feelings of the interviewer.

…“the first five minutes” of an interview are what really matter, describing how interviewers make initial assessments and spend the rest of the interview working to confirm those assessments. So, if they like you, they look for reasons to like you more. If they don’t like your handshake or the awkward introduction, then the interview is essentially over because they spend the rest of the meeting looking for reasons to reject you. –  Lazlo Bock, Google’s Senior Vice President of People Operations

Let’s understand the goal of interview process. It is to achieve a good fit between the people and the jobs.  The interview process determines how the candidate will perform once they join the team.  So it is important that the selection process is based on a scientific approach and not on gut feelings. Scientific approach involves administering a structured interview where the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job are assessed in a systematic manner across candidates.

“The interview structure, an interviewer’s experience and the number of people being interviewed in succession all play a role in the decision making on a job candidate,”  said Patrick Raymark, psychology department chair at Clemson University.

A good interview process involves collecting unbiased data on the candidates that enables the hiring manager to make the right hire. To make such critical decision, the interview process should aim to collect data that assures that the person is the best fit. Unfortunately, most interviews predict an applicant’s actual ability only between 1% to 4% accuracy.  This can be minimized and almost eliminated by adopting a structured interview approach.

What is a Structured Interview Process?

  • Before the interview – Plan end to end. Post the job and source the candidates. Before interviewing, define the evaluation criteria and rating scales. Put together a set of appropriate interview questions for assessing the candidates.
  • During the interview – Conduct an engaged interview session. Ask each candidate the same set of questions in the same order if possible. Take detailed interview notes for each question. Use the evaluation criteria and scale to rate the candidate’s response.
  • After the interview – Compare all the candidates interviewed by all the interviewers. Analyze the interviews and ratings and normalize the evaluation data across interviewers. Then, make a data-driven decision on who best fits the role.

On the onset, structured interviews seem tedious but in reality it is a highly effective hiring process. Adopting an end-to-end structured approach shortens the overall hiring time.

The best part of the structured interview is that it is effective, consistent and fair. All candidates go through the same process, are treated objectively and asked the same set of questions. Each interviewer is focused in asking the relevant set of questions and evaluates the candidates based on the job criteria.  Since the hiring managers have the same set of  information for every candidate, the hiring decisions are made faster and with greater confidence.