For many years I had a very strategic hiring system in place. That system included the following steps:
- I required the applicant to apply online
- An onsite interview was scheduled
- A classroom observation is required
- After the classroom observation, I would talk with the staff member that was in charge of observing the applicant
- We contacted the former employer to check the applicants track record
- Then I would gather all the information that we had and made a hiring decision
Once we hire the employee, we hold an onsite orientation which included completing all personnel forms, introduces the new employee to the team and giving the employee a tour of the facility.
This entire week I have been busy doing telephone and Zoom interviews. One thing that I discovered is this: I absolutely love doing Zoom interviews. In fact, I can see the applicant as if we were in the same room and I can also feel the applicant’s energy via zoom.
Furthermore, after doing multiple Zoom interviews this week, I was able to weed out some applicants and select the best candidates for the center.
Also, I recently decided to create a new virtual orientation video to provide the new employees with a on demand orientation that saves us time and energy. I must say that the potential applicants loved the convenience of watching a video from home.
So, with all the above in mind, I must say that my old system was no longer working and I have been inspired to go to a more virtual hiring process. After all, it can be exhausting doing all those face-to-face interviews, the applicant can save gas money and you can save lots of time with a virtual hiring process.
How is your hiring process? Do you prefer face to face interviews? Do you love to do zoom interviews? Do you have an orientation process? Have I inspired you to make any changes?
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