The new year and new decade is quickly approaching. You’re probably expecting big things for your business, and to that end, you may need more people.
If you’re hiring, you may review past hires. How well have you handled the various parts of your hiring process? Maybe you need to invest in technology to sort applications more efficiently. Maybe you considered working with a staffing agency to help locate the right candidates.
Maybe you’re wondering how you can improve and refresh your company’s job interview process in the new year. Here are some tips from Liberty Staffing.
Check In on Your Compliance
Before embarking on a new year, it’s a good time to check in on your compliance with employment laws. Laws can change at any time, but year-end is a good time to take stock of what changed in the last 12 months, and what may be on the books for the upcoming year.
If things have changed, it could be time to review your interview process. You may need to revise what you’re asking candidates during the interview process. You may also want to note any changes regarding the use of technology, such as collection of data and privacy protections.
If you’re unsure of the new employment laws for 2020, and you’re a client of Liberty Staffing, contact us. We can provide you with the information and tools you need to remain compliant.
Look at New Tools for Scheduling
One of the time-intensive tasks in the interview process is actually getting people penciled in for interviews. Instead of pitching emails back and forth with candidates, offer them access to your schedule through a new app.
Scheduling apps allow you to share your available timeslots with your job applicants. They can then select the time that works best for them. Only if there are no available times will they need to send you an email.
These new tools make it easier for you to schedule and also improve the experience for your job candidates.
Better yet, partner with Liberty Staffing for your recruitment needs, and you won’t have to worry about scheduling interviews. Liberty Staffing Services can schedule and conduct interviews on your behalf.
Revise Your Interview Questions
Another revision you may want to undertake as you prepare for 2020 hiring is your interview questions. Many people focus on testing hard skills in an interview.
More employers are recognizing the importance of soft skills for today’s jobs. Ask a few more questions about soft skills, such as problem solving or communication.
You should also ask questions designed to assess cultural fit. The better a candidate aligns with your company values and culture, the higher the chances they’ll be a good fit for your company. Candidates who fit with company culture are usually happier and more productive at work.
Cultural fit is important, no matter if you’re hiring for temporary or permanent positions. Temporary workers may be happy to take on additional contracts with you, or they might even transition to a permanent position later on. Permanent workers are less likely to leave, reducing your turnover.
Consider Video Interviews
Another technological trend in interviews is the use of video calls. Video interviews offer the convenience of phone interviews, but with many benefits that in-person interviews offer. You can see the candidate and match their body language to their tone of voice.
Conducting an initial video interview could be the right move for your hiring process. It offers you better insights than a phone interview. You’ll want to check your company’s policies regarding recording, storing the interviews, and privacy protection for candidates.
Add Some Pre-Screening Questions
This last improvement helps you assess candidates more accurately before they get to the interview stage. You can ask people to complete a test or task before proceeding with a formal interview. You’ll spend less time in interviews, talking to only the most outstanding candidates. However, be aware that too much tests/tasks could turn an applicant off.
By partnering with Liberty Staffing Services, we conduct pre-screening testing on your behalf, saving you time so that you can focus on other tasks.