Hiring employees amid a pandemic is a lot harder. You
can’t meet people in person before deciding to hire them. As a result, you
might end up with the wrong person for the job. It still feels different when
you have the opportunity to see them in person before deciding to offer a job.
There are ways to guarantee quality even when you only had an online screening.
Call the references
There is a reason why most companies consider
references when asking people to apply for a job. They can attest to the
character and values of the candidate. People who didn’t make friends at their
job before, won’t have references to back them up. Therefore, if you call these
people, they will say something good (or bad) about the candidate. It’s easier
to determine if you will pursue the application based on the feedback from the
Request for the recording of the interview
You can also study the behavior of the applicants during
the interview. It will give you an idea if the answers are sincere, or if there
are disturbing mannerisms. It’s even better if you can record the interview so
you can recheck them later. Of course, you have to ask for permission from the
candidate to do it. If uncomfortable, you can’t take it against the person. Not
everyone likes the idea of being recorded while they express themselves. Also, you
have to guarantee the candidate that the recording will be used for the
intended purposes only.
Don’t rely on interviews alone
Unless the job only requires the candidate to be an
excellent speaker, relying
on the interview alone is a mistake. There are instances when you can’t
determine the most suitable person for the job based on the interview. Not
everyone is comfortable with their ability to express themselves.
Ask for practical questions
Asking these candidates how much they know about the
job is easy. Some of them have years of experience. The true test of character
comes with the ability to respond to specific and practical questions. Ask them
about building rapport with other people. You may also ask hypothetical
questions. The response will tell you what they value in life, and what their
real qualities are.
Sure, hiring the right
person for the job these days can be challenging. You have to go through a
more rigorous process before making up your mind. However, it doesn’t mean
should settle for anything less. You don’t want to regret the decision because
of the rushed the process. Take your time to screen the application and
interview all the candidates. Eventually, you will find the perfect person for
the job. You may also consult with other companies that have been hiring
employees virtually over the years. They have more experience, and they can
take you to the right path.
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