It’s a familiar situation… you need to fill an important role but when it comes to setting up the candidate interviews you go back and forth for days trying to find a suitable time and date. Imagine if you could conduct job interviews to find the perfect candidate with nothing more than a computer, internet connection and webcam.
Online methods of communication such as web conferencing are now making it easier for you to connect with prospective employees face to face, in real time, and all with just a click of a mouse.
It is, however, important to ensure that you weigh up the pros and cons of web conferencing before you decide to implement them for interview purposes. Here are some of our top tips!
Accessibility: Conducting interviews via a web conference gives you a much larger pool of candidates to choose from. You are no longer restricted to only interviewing when “they are in town”.
Instant access: The last thing you want is someone who is right for the job going cold! Web conferencing allows you to interview on the spot without any setup or reservation.
Affordability and Ease: Web conferencing is much less expensive than traditional video-conferencing services as there is no special equipment or room hire required.
Stand out from the crowd: Want to be seen as a company that is at the forefront of technology? Impress future employees by doing things a little bit different and stand out from the rest.
The equipment: Of course exposing potential employees to this type of technology means that they require the appropriate equipment. If your candidate does not have access to a webcam, think about creating interview packs where you send them a webcam and dial in instructions before the interview. It will cost under $50 and adds a nice personal touch.
The quality: If the candidate is based in a rural or remote area they may not have access to large amounts of bandwidth or the highest quality of internet. Eliminate the strain on bandwidth and ensure crystal clear audio quality by combining your web conference with a teleconference.
The non-verbal signs: Web conferencing eliminates the ability to see certain body language signs that you may pick up on during a face to face interview. If this is something that’s important to you ensure you choose a conferencing provider that allows you to maximise your webcams to full screen size.
About the author
Jeff Downs is the CEO of Redback Conferencing. Redback deploy the latest teleconferencing, web conferencing, videoconferencing and webcasting technologies. For further information visit www.redbackconferencing.com.au