While many companies have begun moving back to the office, other organizations are sticking with a remote or hybrid workplace. Remote interviews allow for new talent to be brought in from virtually anywhere while maintaining safety—but holding non-traditional interviews can be difficult. Keeping candidates engaged virtually and satisfying HR simultaneously is a challenge, but one that can be met. Let’s discuss five ways to improve your organization’s remote interview process—and how these changes can improve your talent acquisition strategy.
Introduce Your Organization To The Talent
In order to engage potential employees with your remote interview process, it’s key that they understand not only what the job they’re applying for entails, but what the company they’re going to work for is like. Consider recording a short video as a way of introduction. You’ll want to showcase your organization as best you can in this intro so consider focusing on aspects like:
- Company workplace culture and its benefits
- Office space and company layout
- Remote work benefits and policies
- Organization goals and ideologies
- Company provided benefits
Giving applicants a basic understanding of your organization makes them more likely to show they have what you need during an interview. You’ll end up with better quality interviews, and more prepared applicants as a result.
Schedule The Interview With AI Software
When flooded with potential applicants, it can often take HR longer than is optimal to schedule an initial interview. In order to smooth the scheduling process out, having software do it automatically prevents any slip-ups, while freeing up your HR team, allowing them to complete other necessary tasks.
AI software is particularly potent when it comes to scheduling interviews autonomously. Learning as it completes tasks, AI software can not only parse out an interview schedule but can email potential employees with personalized messages, making them feel more valued and recognized than traditional recruiting software.
If the candidate needs questions answered regarding the position or company policy, AI chatbots—like Pandolgic’s Wade & Wendy—can provide answers through natural conversation. Whether it be a simple take-over of mass scheduling or a multi-faceted swap, AI software can make your remote interview process a breeze.
Change Up Interview Questions
The pandemic has changed more than just how we recruit—it’s changed the employee and employer dynamic as a whole. What you’re looking for from potential candidates has likely shifted, so your interview questions should reflect that. If your organization has begun to shift towards fully remote work, or a hybrid style workplace, a candidate’s availability during work hours might be an important topic to settle during the initial interview.
Provide Feedback On Their Performance
Due to the less personal nature of the remote interview process, giving candidates feedback regardless of their performance becomes more important than ever. If an applicant doesn’t hear from you post-interview, they don’t realize what they’ve done well or where they could improve, losing a valuable learning opportunity. This feedback can also often be the last chance to connect with candidates who don’t quite make the cut. A quick email can leave a lasting impression and can build your organization’s reputation as a quality employer.
Records of this feedback can also be evaluated en masse to provide suggestions for further improving your remote interview process as a whole. If performance by applicants is consistently low, it can be an indicator of poor sourcing or unnecessarily high expectations.
Automate The Interview
Interviews done the traditional way can be effective—but they also require hours of time and plenty of resources. The remote interview process gives employers a way to cut back on hiring costs, while still meeting hiring goals: Fully Automated Interviews. Using interview software tools, it’s possible to interview, screen, and process applicants with almost no human input necessary on the employer’s end.
AI recruitment software is one of the most effective resources for ensuring both speed, and quality of hire. Its ability to grow and learn over time gives AI software an unprecedented level of flexibility, allowing it to choose the best questions to ask applicants even as the interview progresses. AI software can also evaluate a candidate’s performance, and provide suggestions for possible changes to the hiring plan based on gathered data.