Here are some suggestions for finding the ideal applicant
Create a Social Media Recruiting Strategy: Social media is a great way to promote a company and list job offers that get in front of the right people. Being active in groups and using hashtags are fantastic ways to get your listings in front of potential candidates. Encourage your employers to share the job listings and get everyone involved. When your company has a robust online presence, you’ll have access to a much wider range of candidates.
Consider an Extended Hiring Process: Getting to know a candidate is essential to ensuring that they are a good fit for a company, but doing this entirely remotely can come with challenges. So, you may wish to devote extra time to the hiring process to get to know a candidate by adding additional steps to the process or having longer interviews.
Add an Assessment Stage: Not all companies assess their candidates or have them perform a job trial, but now may be the time to consider this as part of the process. Assessments are a great way to ensure that a candidate knows what’s expected of them in a role, and allows you to accurately judge their work ethic and commitment – before you’ve even met them in person! Consider giving them a project to work on and ensure they can deliver results before hiring them.
Come prepared: Have a printout of the interviewee’s resume and your list of questions. You might want to log in a few minutes early so you know all the technology is working and you’re not rushing when the interview begins.
Video Interview or Phone Interview? This might sound like a no direct route. Surely interviews will work better on video – as this more accurately simulates an in-person interview? Well, that’s not necessarily the case. During the lockdown, people are more likely to be widely available at home and available for interviews at flexible times. Still, there’s no reason why you have to pick video as your default. Remember, some candidates may not have access to the technology needed to facilitate a video call, and this could also negatively impact older people who may be unfamiliar with the technology. So, you may have to be patient and offer an alternative. A phone interview is still a fantastic way to get to know a candidate and access their suitability for a role. It will be up to you to decide if you feel that a video interview is essential for recruiting a specific role.
If you decide to go with a video interview, here are some tips to make the process go smoothly:
Start with a warm welcome and end by thanking them for their time, just because you’re on a screen doesn’t mean you can’t treat it like you would an in-person interview. Prepare the tech in good time before the interview. Let the candidate know what they need to download or set up ahead of schedule and ensure to give them some leeway in case of internet connectivity problems out of their control. Choose a suitable location with a neutral, non-distracting backdrop. Block all notifications from your computer or phone, so there are no interruptions.
Dress as you would for an in-person interview, it’s respectful to the client: Prepare as thoroughly as you would for an in-person interview, and provide anyone else in the interview process with the candidate’s application and CV ahead of time. Follow up with candidates promptly, keep them informed of any delays. Remember, just because things are challenging right now doesn’t mean people aren’t looking for work, so don’t put your recruitment needs on hold. It’s still possible to find the perfect candidate even from home.
Pay heed to facial expressions and tone of voice: Keep your voice calm and speak clearly, also be sure you smile and laugh when relevant, just like you would in person. You want to display to the other person that you’re engaged in the conversation. and also leave a few seconds at the end of sentences or after you ask a question to lessen talking over each other.
Have a strong close : When remote interviews finish, inform candidates what’s going to happen next in the process and ask them if they have any questions. also, be sure to thank them for their time as well.
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