Many would assume that the internet offers all the solutions to this problem and in many ways it can help a great deal. Not only are businesses able to quickly attract a wide number of candidates for their positions, but they are also able to quickly and effortlessly weed out candidates they don’t like based on simple factors like a resume inadequacy or criminal record.
In other ways though, the internet can make the hiring process much more complicated than it needs to be. For example, because it’s impossible to know if someone is who they claim to be, or if they would actually be a good fit for the job, many companies and businesses waste time working with candidates they don’t actually want to hire in the long term.
This is why it’s important to go into online hiring with a strategy. Your business needs a way to use the tools the internet can offer and simultaneously mitigate the potential problems it could cause in the hiring process.
First of all, let’s focus on the way the internet can help in the hiring process. There are potentially many ways that it can, but for our purposes, let’s just imagine that the internet, more than anything, allows you to make cuts to the applicant pool quickly and easily based on any predetermined criteria you may have. For example, maybe your business isn’t looking to hire anyone with a college GPA below 3.5. Or maybe you don’t want to hire anyone without two to three years of prior experience in a related field.
Whatever your criteria, use the internet to make the cuts in your resume pool automatically. This way you don’t have to spend any time preparing for and then interviewing someone who won’t be right for the job based on any number of issues.
The next step in hiring online is to mitigate the potential for confusion and error in selecting possible candidates and interviewing them. This means that you need to eliminate the chance that someone isn’t serious about their job, or straight away not right. One way to do this would be to hold a preliminary interview with an applicant via Skype or some other sort of internet video conference platform. This way you can get a look at your applicant, find out a little more about their personality, and get a chance to ask face to face interview questions.
It is possible to both take advantage of tools the internet provides in the hiring process and simultaneously mitigate some of the potential problems the internet may give you. If you or your business can do this, then you can significantly decrease the time, cost, and effort your business has to put into interviewing and hiring qualified applicants for any number of positions.