The popularity of the Internet has been changing the way companies do business. For one, meetings are no longer just confined to the four walls or corners of the office. You can be off-site or at some remote location and still be able to attend online meetings and conferences.
The Internet has also changed the way human resources or the recruitment department conducts interviews. Instead of just holding face-to-face interviews, recruiters are also taking advantage of the ease and convenience of online interviews. In fact, conducting online interviews is fast becoming a staple for many businesses. And there are many reasons why it’s beneficial for business owners like you to start doing them. Here are some of them:
- Savings. Conducting online interviews saves both you and your interviewee time and money. Your interviewees don’t need to travel or commute to your location. And if they don’t need to go to your site, you won’t need to accommodate them in your office, thus making your reception area, interview, and conference rooms free for other events. Not that interviewing applicants is a nuisance. It’s just that interviewing candidates online will help free up some space in your office, especially if they’re needed for more urgent matters. Candidates from outside the city or state won’t need to spend a great deal of travel money just to make it for the preliminary interviews. And since VoIP providers charge flat long distance rates, you won’t have to worry about costly long distance calls or video conferences.
- Speed. By conducting interviews, you’re able to move from one interviewee to another more quickly. Conducting face-to-face interviews often mean walking back and forth between the interview room and the reception area. And that means the interview or screening process is going to take some time. With online interviews, however, you just turn on your computer, call the candidate using your softphone, conduct the interview, hang up, and then call the next candidate. It’s that fast and easy. And the faster you’re able to conduct interviews, the more candidates you’re able to screen.
- Convenience. Location, distance, traffic situation, gas costs, or even public transportation schedules won’t matter if you’re conducting online interviews. Convenience is important, especially if you’re stacked up with work. You want do to things fast and less costly. This is what the Internet provides you with. Since the Internet can make things faster and easier for you, using it as a vehicle for recruiting and conducting interviews proves to be a smart decision.
- Versatility. Conducting online interviews with the use of VoIP technology allows for more versatility and mobility. What this means is that you won’t need to be at the office just to conduct interviews. You can be anywhere, whether at home or at some coffee shop, and still be able to hold interviews. And with the use of softphones, you can use your tablet or even your smartphone to hold video calls or conferences.