Since the number of Coronavirus cases in the United States continues to increase, Human resources (HR) departments in employers are reducing personal interviews due to the social distancing norms which are still in-place in many industries.
The talent acquisition staff is opting to use digital platforms to interact with candidates applying for jobs and the use of digital solutions has increased significantly in the last six months. Surveys indicate that personal interaction with candidates is adversely affected by social distancing for 41% of the businesses, and 58% of the organizations claim that virtual interviews are used to alleviate the difficulty.
Although Flexicrew still utilizes some personal interaction, they are most often for drug screening and testing. Nevertheless we strongly encourage job applicants to interact with our recruitment staff digitally.
Benefits of Digital Interviews
3 important tips for organizations planning to conduct digital interviews for recruitment are discussed below:
Digital Interviews While Working From Home
The HR staff has to spend some time coordinating for scheduling in-person interviews but they help to understand the candidate and get to meet team members. Digital interviews can make the process easier since the HR and operations team members and candidates can connect from their homes to hold face to face interviews.
Additionally these online job interviews also offer more flexibility for the HR staff and job applicants. Scheduling problems and travel delays associated with personal interviews are eliminated by conducting digital interviews. Additionally more candidates can be interviewed digitally even beyond normal working hours.
Face-To-Face Interaction with Job Candidates
HR staff can choose from a wide range of digital interview tools for conducting live and on-demand interviews for direct interaction with the candidates based on the company profile. In on-demand interviews, the candidate records answers to questions which have been finalized earlier. Alternately a live interview can be conducted virtually.
Additionally digital interviews are a very easy way to highlight a firm’s uniqueness and personality, allowing the business to record personalized videos which give the candidate relevant information about the company. This could help motivate the candidate so that he is more interested in the available job. Also the video will help to showcase the most interesting aspects of the culture of the company.
Continue Uninterrupted Hiring During the Pandemic
Employers are slowly realizing that virtual work has become the norm, since the number of people infected with Coronavirus continues to increase. Though the changes in the economy due to the Coronavirus epidemic have adversely affected many industry sectors, a large number of companies are also increasing hiring to meet increased demand.
Virtual interviews allow employers to continue hiring since they are cost effective and safe since there is no direct personal contact which could lead to Coronavirus transmission. There is an additional advantage that the business and candidate have more flexibility in choosing the time, duration and format of the interview.
Though it is a challenge for businesses to conform to the social distancing norms, it is possible to avoid infection and keep HR staff healthy without disrupting the work routine. Digital interviews are a very convenient way for businesses to continue hiring new employees, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. These interviews can greatly improve the time required to hire and help your business survive the crisis and deliver great recruiting results along the way.
If your organization is interested in making use of digital interviewing, give Flexicrew a call to find out our experience, some tips we’ve learned and whether digital interviews are suitable for your situation.