If you’re not using telephone interviews as part of your hiring process, then you’re missing a trick.
They can save a lot of time, hassle and expense and I guarantee will help your hiring process.
The telephone interview is usually the next stage of the hiring process after the application has been received.
It is used to discover which applicants will be invited to the next stage, which might be either a face to face interview or even a visit to an assessment centre. As a guide, most telephone interviews last in the region of 30 minutes or so.
All manner of businesses will use telephone interviews as a tool for recruitment. They are particularly well suited to freelancers, sales related positions and for those who live a significant distance away.
Your People Partners use telephone interview extensively. We interview a greater percentage of candidate’s who send us their CVs than any other recruitment company I have worked with over the past two decades.
The answer is simple.
The first thing we see about a potential new member of staff for you is usually their CV or a LinkedIn profile.
Unless you’re hiring a CV writer, how many times have you hired the person with the nicest looking or ‘best’ CV?
Very often we find those with mediocre CVs or even a very poor CV can be an exceptional candidate.
We don’t like to dismiss someone purely because their CV isn’t quite right.
From a business owner’s point of view, telephone interviews can save you time, expense and stress in the long run.
Spending just 30 minutes on the phone to understand whether a candidate has the potential to go further in the hiring process can pay dividends.
For the person who sent you their CV, this type of interview also has its advantages.
For example, they can take notes, refer to their CV or your website more easily, and can schedule less time to invest in their career search than if you invited them straight to a face to face meeting. They also don’t need to dress to impress and they can save themselves the time involved in travelling to the interview venue.
It is crucial that you and the candidate ‘click’ quickly on the phone and suggestions of what you should include in your phone interview questions can be found here.
However, sometimes a phone chat isn’t enough. You can easily incorporate video interviews instead or as well as, which is something we do for pretty much every business owner we work with.
Overall telephone interviews save on expenditure and time and can offer more convenience to both parties.
Your People Partners can help you save time by doing your phone interviews for you as part of our Candidate Shortlist Generation service.
NB. We will only offer you this shortlisting service is we’re convinced that you are set up and able to continue the process from where we leave off i.e. from when you start to interview (phone, video or face to face) all the way through to salary negotiations, references, onboarding and have a structured approach to a successful probationary period.
Call 0117 290 0208 and ask for Helen’s help with telephone interviews. You only pay for the time you use our services so no huge recruitment fees!