Not every company can afford to completely halt their recruitment efforts during these times of uncertainty. Currently, there have been changes in the way we work. This does not change the fact that businesses have needs and hiring is still crucial. With the recent disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, companies have been resorting to a new era of virtual interviews.
Virtual interviews were becoming more common even before COVID-19, due to the availability of recent technological advancements. Numerous companies started embracing technology such as Zoom, WebEx, Teams to help modernize their recruitment/interview process. This pandemic gave those who were waiting to accommodate digital tools into their hiring efforts the opportunity to make a change.
Search Solution Group believes in virtual interviewing and wants to help pioneer this practice to make it more common in the workplace throughout the country. Over the past two months, we have had dozens of clients transition to virtual interviewing, and we plan to continue to encourage them to do this. Tech giants Google, Amazon and Facebook are a few among the global companies to announce moving to virtual interviews, and onboarding.
Should virtual interviews remain after this pandemic?
Yes, incorporating virtual/video interviews into your recruitment process has its advantages.
Lower Costs- Companies are 2.7 times more likely to improve their cost per hire using video interviews. With the candidate never having to leave the comfort of their own home, they save money on food, travel, and lodging expenses.
Saves Time- Virtual interviews can reduce time to hire by 50%. There is flexibility since you can schedule a virtual interview at almost any time. Face-to face interviews can take longer to schedule because of conflicting schedules with the interviewer and the applicants. The onboarding process is also sped up and more convenient for those who are not located in the same place.
Save & Record Interviews- The ability to save and record an interviewee is helpful during the hiring process. This allows another team member to review or you can go back and reference the interview before the next steps.
Many people stereotype virtual interviewing as “degrading” the normal in-person interviewing process. In reality, you can still screen the candidate for non-verbal communication by observing their body language, facial expression, and overall appearance.
Virtual platforms are allowing companies to evolve their recruiting efforts by letting them stay connected to candidates through the entire interview process. This shift to virtual interviews is helping companies adapt to changes in the modern world. The companies that adopt this change and accept the future of digital transformation will be ahead of their competition.
This may be the next wave of hiring.