Updated: May 8
In my previous blog entry, I outlined the challenges associated with traditional hiring practices. As a reminder, it is estimated that it cost approximately $4,000 to hire an employee and the cost of making a bad hire can cost an employer another $15,000 or more.
Here's a couple of best practices I've learned over my 31 years in business hiring hundreds of people.
Industrial psychologists have developed proven methods to assess an individual's cognitive, behavioral, and motivational fit for a given job. There are plenty of assessment providers that offer tools that a company can use. My experience with assessments has been very positive because they really do provide a highly accurate view of an individual's capability to succeed and, as important, enjoy a job.
I've taken a few of these assessments and it's amazing how well they were able to describe the way I think, the activities I enjoy, and how I am motivated.
Bottom line, assessments are a great resource to help you identify individuals who are a good fit for a job.
Use On-Demand Video Technology
Rather than spend hours playing phone tag with an employee applicant or bouncing emails back and forth trying to set up a phone screen call, use a video instead.
There are plenty of systems that allow you to ask the same questions you typically use during a phone screen. But rather than listening to the answers via a call, watch the individual answer on a recorded video at your own convenience.
This is super convenient for both the applicant and HR representative. Both perform their responsibilities on their own time. The applicant can record when they have the time and are mentally prepared. The HR representative can watch the recorded interview on their own time from anywhere as long as they have internet access. Further, a HR representative can share a recorded interview with other stakeholders reducing the potential for bias.
This could also offer a differentiated experience for the applicant. They potentially see your company as more progressive than most and that might provide enough differentiation to help you win a great candidate.
Either of these options improves the hiring process for both the company and the applicant but I advocate utilizing both tools.
What? Yup, use an assessment with a one way recorded video screen. This way, the HR representative can easily narrow the list of applicants to invite for onsite interviews. The decision is more objective and allows all applicants to be considered equally, not just those you have time to get to.
Side Note: This is a way better experience for the applicant as well. This way, if hired, you can be assured that they have a high probability of success in the job and will be engaged and enjoy their work.... IF..... they are a good cultural fit.
The other benefit of using assessments and one way interviews is that the onsite interview can be focused on making sure the applicant is a good cultural fit with the company and that they will connect with their boss. Assessing cultural fit can only be accomplished by a hiring manager or company representative. Most onsite interviews are used to ascertain an applicant's skill set and experience. Neither are indicative of potential success in a job and very few interviewers are able to truly understand if what they are seeing and hearing from the applicant is a true representation. Don't believe me? How many times have you heard someone describe the the hiring process as a crapshoot?
Let's summarize my preferred hiring process:
Assess employee candidates against a job profile
Use a one way recorded interview to capture responses to typical screening questions
Focus onsite interview on cultural fit with company and connection/compatibility with boss.
I created eHire Solutions to provide companies with an easy way to utilize the process I have described in this blog entry. eHire provides a single platform to capture applicant information including their resume, determine they meet minimum requirements, assess their fit for a job they are being considered for, and a one way, recorded, on-demand interview.
Whether you use eHire or not, I hope you'll consider some of the innovative strategies that I have shared here with you. I'm confident you will improve the quality of your hiring process by finding qualified candidates and getting them onboard sooner.