Technology is having a significant impact on the recruiting process. It is changing the way companies think about recruiting, how they hire, and how they vet potential candidates. In particular, it is having a profound impact on the interview process. It is no longer necessary to be in the same room to conduct an interview, and new software programs allow companies to vet potential candidates before they even meet them.
Let’s take a look at the current and emerging trends that are shaping the modern job interview process:
Trend 1: Vetting Candidates on Social Media
By now you are probably aware that most companies use social media as a way to vet potential candidates. It’s an effective way for them to add some context to what they see on a candidate’s job application. It also serves as a way to cut down on the number of applicants.
For candidates, it’s an opportunity to add more value and experience than solely what is written on your resume.
Trend 2: Using Skills and Behavioural Testing Software
Many companies are now using skills and behavioural testing software as part of the job application process. This allows them to ask targeted questions that are specifically related to the position. This provides companies with some insight into the personality of the candidate to assess whether they are a good fit for their organizational culture. The benefit of using this software is that it reduces the amount of time companies spend on screening and helps them focus on interviewing candidates who are better aligned with their core beliefs.
Trend 3: The Video Interview
The video interview has quickly replaced the standard phone interview. Using technology such as Skype, Google Hangouts, and other video software, companies can interview candidates online, providing them with another method to meet potential linchpins, both near and far.
Video allows companies to put a face to a name, pick up on visual cues from the candidate as they answer questions, and it is a more effective method than using the phone interview alone. It also saves the time and hassle of trying to coordinate meeting times, locations, and getting to and from the meeting.
Trend 4: Casting a Larger Net Geographically
Technology has also allowed companies (and candidates) to cast a larger net. Companies can now interview candidates in other cities who are willing to relocate. This opens up the candidate pool, potentially helping companies find a more qualified or experienced individual whom they wouldn’t have been able to find in the past.
Technology will continue to play a more prominent role in the recruiting process in the future. Learn more about how to improve you hiring efforts by reading: