“I do not believe you can do today’s job with yesterday’s methods and still be in business tomorrow.” — Nelson Jackson
Businesses going green need to recognize every opportunity to stop waste and use resources effectively. New technologies and their application to business tasks are continually creating more ways for businesses to cut their impact on the environment. And video recruitment is one such application that is starting to be adopted by green companies.
Talk to many businesses large or small and one of their most difficult jobs is hiring new staff. It’s a nightmare and in the UK: it’s estimated that each new hire costs £5,000 on average. And that’s just within the business itself. A candidate can often spend hundreds of pounds travelling to an interview. Include that in the cost of seeing 20 candidates and you could be coming closer to £10,000.
But now a new use of internet technology – video recruitment – promises to significantly reduce the resources soaked up by the recruitment process. And it’s suitable for businesses of all sizes.
Recruitment hassle and waste
Just think of the hassle and waste of the recruitment process. Interviewing candidates means managers must cut out a whole swathe of time, book interview facilities, co-ordinate diaries if there’s a panel interview, send out interview and rejection letters and so on. No wonder the costs are so high.
For candidates, the recruitment process is onerous and often without reward. There is so much competition for any job now.
Candidates work, too
Candidates have a lot of work to do, particularly if they’re applying for multiple jobs:
- application forms need to be filled in and posted back
- if you’re lucky enough to get an interview, you have to invest more time or take time off your current job
- you need to travel to the interview, sometimes involving an overnight stay.
That all hits the interviewee’s pocket hard and comes at a cost to the environment.
But video recruitment can get rid of much of that cost.
How does video recruitment work?
Here at HuddleRecruit.com we make the process as simple as possible. The recruitment process is managed entirely by our internet technology. It’s a typical ‘software as a service’ model. These are the steps involved:
- A business signs up for an account with a free trial.
- In their private area, they can record and manage video questions. Of course, they can practice as much as they want to make sure they come across well.
- They provide candidates with a URL that takes them to the interview questions
- The candidates can record their interviews at 24/7 and, of course, they too can practice and only submit a video when they’re happy.
- The business can then review the videos from any computer or mobile connection, make notes and draw up a shortlist.
The next step might involve a live video interview with candidates on the shortlist. Just imagine the cost and environmental savings if the business was in London and the candidate in Glasgow.
The final step would be to invite only the best candidates for a personal interview. Then candidates get a chance to look around their potentially new place of work, chat to people face-to-face and get a feel for the place.
Employers save a lot of time and the candidates they end up interviewing personally are likely to be high quality and a good fit for the job.
The software now available does a fantastic job of streamlining the recruitment process. Employers who take the time to learn how to use it are not only going to save money, but are going to show themselves as tech savvy and forward thinking as well. What business wouldn’t give it a try?
This post was written by Andy Law, Chief Marketing Officer at HuddleRecruit.com who provide a swift, efficient and cheap video recruitment platform for both personal and business customers.