For both job candidates and recruiting professionals, the hiring process can be an exercise in extreme patience and coordination. This is especially true in the early stages of the hiring process, when an often large volume of candidates must be initially prescreened and assessed through a preliminary interview.
In a recent nationwide recruiter survey, 67% of respondents said it takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours to schedule a single interview. The same survey reported that 56% of companies have a dedicated person on their recruiting team just to schedule interviews.
If there were one aspect of the hiring landscape that could use a boost in efficiency, it would be this clear bottleneck step in the process.
Using Automation to Clear Through the Bottleneck
The most promising benefit of on-demand interviewing is the automation it delivers to the cumbersome aspects of the hiring process, particularly the candidate prescreen process.
Instead of coordinating a time that works best for both the candidate and the recruiter during the small window of business hours, an invite can simply be sent out to the candidate with instructions on how to complete the recorded interview at his or her optimal time—all without any direct interaction with a recruiting professional.
This means valuable recruiting activities are completed without consuming recruiter resources, freeing up recruiters’ time for more important activities, such as courting the best talent once they are identified post-screening. With some job openings attracting upward of 250 résumés, automating this step in the process can translate into substantial timesavings for the recruiting operation.
The effect of this efficiency goes beyond optimizing where recruiters spend their time. It can also compress the overall hiring timeline, giving employers a material advantage in winning the competition for talent against firms competing in the same space.
In addition, the self-service aspect of on-demand interviewing can also increase candidate engagement. To put it simply, the more candidates who engage with a job opening, the higher the probability of capturing a higher-quality pool of candidates.
On-demand interviewing can foster better engagement rates for the simple fact that digital interviewing is convenient. But employers can increase engagement rates further by matching the right types of on-demand interviewing methods with the specific job type, which we’ll get into next. Read more here
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