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Virtual Interviews are the new normal

August 23, 2021 Kingsley Abraham

The practice of virtual interviews was rare during pre-pandemic days. To no surprise now, however, it is becoming the new normal. Due to the lockdown measures, most companies shifted everything possible online, from scheduling interviews to conducting team meetings.

This posed challenges for recruiters and talent acquisition teams, who pushed to create an end-to-end virtual hiring process. The scope for the new normal has taken shape: it is a known fact that direct meetings produce the best results, but since companies had no choice, they had to adapt the video interviews and enhance the virtual communication experiences.

Virtual meetings are different from in-person meetings, but they are increasingly growing and adjusting to human touch with more enhanced tools that provide greater flexibility to connect, talk, share, and track the work.

During the pre-pandemic phase, video interviewing had limited to a set of candidates, but since the implementation of lockdowns, the hiring process had suddenly taken a shift to a completely virtual hiring process.

Initially, there had been many challenges, but the continuous improvement in the hiring process with the incredible technology changed the game. As many companies become comfortable with virtual interviewing and remote work, companies see greater flexibility in hiring talent from anywhere across the world.

According to a LinkedIn survey, 81% of talent professionals and recruiters agree that virtual recruiting will remain even after the pandemic ends. In comparison, 70 percent say virtual recruiting will become the new standard.

The changes in the hiring process bring up new and unique challenges, such as refining screening questions, adoption, and better utilization of virtual tools and technology.

It is crucial to give a human touch to each virtual interview to produce the best results. Hiring leaders see ample reasons to state why virtual hiring is here to stay. They do not just benefit the candidate’s case but also the company’s workplace planning.

Cost & Time Savings

The most popular benefits of virtual hiring include reducing hiring costs and shortening interview times. With the traditional approach, setting up the onsite interviews can be time-consuming and can even result in a delayed hiring process if those interviews need to reschedule.

It has never been easier to schedule or reschedule the interview when provided with apps like Zoom, Teams, and Google Calendar. It saves travel time and wait-time; video interviews are easy and quick at the scheduled times.

There are many benefits of video interviews. Virtual interviews allow the company stakeholders and team leaders to join the video interview for a quicker and more collaborative decision. Video interviews also facilitate an opportunity to record and review later by other team members at their convenient time. The recorded video interviews can be used internally for training purposes for new hiring managers and recruiters.

Access diverse talent pools for a hybrid workforce

One of the biggest recruiting trends in 2021 is to hire new talent with new skills and align with the business requirements. The companies with a plan to diversify the team with new talent can likely achieve the talent management goals through virtual hiring.

Many companies have adopted the hybrid workforce model, and it will remain. As the model defines the mix of remote opportunities and onsite positions, the hybrid workforce will become the new standard.

The hybrid interview process that combines virtual and in-person elements should also be an option for all candidates.

Whether the position you are hiring for is a remote job or onsite, providing flexibility for every candidate to the virtual interviews is recommended.

During the video interviews, the hiring team can ask about the candidate’s virtual working experience and familiarity with job-related technological tools. Video interviews can be a great place to ask the candidates about their flexibility in working remotely or onsite.

For the organizations that allow remote work or hybrid work models, virtual hiring can grant access to candidates from underrepresented groups. With the flexibility to hire candidates outside the city, province, or country, the hiring process becomes easier.